The 15 Best Family Resorts In Montana

Mark Barnett
Last Updated: February 28th, 2023

So you’re looking for a family-friendly resort in Montana where the kids will be safe, and most importantly not bored, and there are plenty of things to do as a family…as well as some adult time.

In this article, we visit 15 top accommodation options across the state, in some of the most popular tourist destinations.

The Top 3 Family Resorts In Montana

1. Big Horn Resort • Billings

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This Billings Hotel and Resort is ideal for families with young children in a variety of ways. It’s under a 20-minute drive from Billings Logan International Airport for starters, as well as the fact that Montana Zoo is only 1.5 km away.

On top of that, the hotel is connected to the Reef Indoor Water Park, which guests can access at discounted prices. Family rooms are available here complete with large, flat-screen cable TV, and there are areas for sitting and even working if required.

Big Horn Resort is from the Ascend Hotel Collection and puts on a free breakfast buffet every morning. Pizza is also available at particular times from the water park.

There is an off-site fitness center that guests are allowed to use, and the Rocky Mountain College and Highlands Golf Club are just over 10 km away from the resort. 

2. The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River • Whitefish River

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Image: The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River

This is a scenic, ideal family location under 5 km away from Whitefish Lake. The lodge organizes free airport transfers for guests from Glacier Park International Airport, which is just over 10 km from the accommodation. There are 2 swimming pools to enjoy, one indoor and one heated outdoor one, and there’s a large, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi with every room, as well as air-conditioning for the warmer months.

The lodge also comprises a fitness center for the more energetic visitors, and there is a ski storage area if you are visiting during the winter months.

3. Yellowstone Gateway Inn • Gardiner

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This hotel is an hour-and-a-half from both Yellowstone and Bozeman Airports, and it is situated right opposite the Gallatin National Forest. Gateway Inn is literally a 2-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park’s northern entrance point, with nearby access to a variety of outdoor pursuits such as horseback riding, fishing, and rafting, to name a few.

The main headquarters of Yellowstone National Park is less than 10 km away, and you can reach Yellowstone Lake in around an hour.

The temperature-controlled rooms all come with a large, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi, as well as Blu-ray players, fully-equipped kitchens, and areas for sitting and lounging. Some suites with impressive park mountain views are also available. 

4. MountainView Lodge and Suites • Interstate 90, Bozeman

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This lodge-style hotel is around 7 km from Bozeman, off interstate 90, and is a mere 3 km from Yellowstone Glacier Adventures. It has various features that make it appealing for families, and the air-conditioned rooms which have a light, wooden finish to add to the ‘lodge’ feel of the place, come complete with a hot tub, cable TV, and coffee facilities.

There is a large indoor pool at the hotel, as well as a large, country-style dining area where Montana-style breakfast is served daily. The lodge comprises a compact but well-equipped gym, and guests also have access to the business center if required. Any guests who like to indulge in a spot of golf will be pleased to know that the Bridger Creek Golf Course is just 5 km down the road from the lodge.

5. Holiday Inn • Downtown Missoula

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Right in the heart of Missoula with scenic views overlooking the Clark Fork River, this Holiday Inn provides a free shuttle service to and from Missoula International Airport. The hotel is less than 1.6 km from both the Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park and the University of Montana.

The comfortable rooms come with free WiFi and cable TV, and there is a Brooks & Browns restaurant on-site that offers classic American-style cuisine and drink specials which can be enjoyed while relaxing in the patio seating area.

With a pleasing exterior and surrounding environment, the hotel also features an indoor pool and a whirlpool, as well as a reasonably well-equipped fitness center.

6. Best Western Plus Gran Tree Inn • Bozeman, Close to City Center

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This hotel is located less than 2 km from downtown Bozeman and offers a free shuttle service to the center. It is also quite close to Montana State University, but perhaps more interestingly is less than 50 km from the famous Lewis and Clark Caverns.

The hotel’s rooms are spacious and come with large, flat-screen cable TVs along with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee-making facilities. There is a large, heated indoor pool with a hot tub and a gym that is accessible 24-hours. 

The on-site GranTree Bar and Grill offers a variety of dining options along the theme of classic American food, and drinks are available in the Club Tavern and Grill as well as the Club Coffee Shop.

For adults who fancy a little evening recreation, there is the GranTree Casino, which opens between 8 pm and 10 pm.

7. Hampton Inn & Suites Billings • West Interstate 90, Billings

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Image: Hampton Inn & Suites Billings

Just off Interstate 90, at Billings, this hotel has great surroundings and family rooms. It is in close proximity to the Montana archaeological site Pictograph Cave State Park, with its displays of 2,000-year-old cave paintings. Hotel guests can also explore the area’s historic landmark Moss Mansion or do a spot of shopping at the nearby Rimrock Mall.

The hotel’s comfortable rooms include flat-screen TVs, free internet access, and coffeemakers, and guests can take a dip in the indoor swimming pool or indulge in a spot of fitness in the fully-equipped gym if they are feeling energetic.

8. Yellowstone Park Hotel • West Yellowstone

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As the hotel’s name suggests, this establishment is in close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, in fact near the west entrance. It is so close in fact that the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is virtually on the hotel’s doorstep, and that means that it won’t be too hard to find a variety of outdoor pursuits nearby like hiking, cycling, fishing, and skiing in the colder months.

 The hotel’s comfortable family rooms include flat-screen satellite TVs, refrigerators, and coffee-making facilities, and a continental breakfast is served daily.

There is an indoor pool and a hot tub, as well as a gym and a business center. and of course, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

9. Best Western Plus Riverside Hotel and Suites • Great Falls, City Center

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Image: Best Western Plus Riverside Hotel and Suites

Set in Great Falls in close proximity to the center, Best Western Plus Riverfront Hotel and Suites provides 3-star accommodation with family rooms with additional features like a terrace and barbecue facilities. Great Falls International Airport is 5 km away, and a free shuttle service to the hotel is provided.

The hotel’s facilities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center, and guests can indulge in a range of nearby outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.

All rooms at the hotel include a flat-screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, and a private bathroom, and an American-style breakfast is provided.

10. Whitewater Inn • Big Sky

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Whitewater Inn has a great location right on the Gallatin River, just a 45-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park. The accommodation is in close proximity to a variety of outdoor pursuits typical of the region such as hiking, cycling, and seasonal skiing and fly fishing, and Big Sky Skiing is a mere 10-minute drive away. The hotel’s indoor pool has an outstanding, 90-ft water slide, and guests also have access to a hot tub and a well-equipped fitness facility.

All rooms have free Wi-Fi, a TV, a microwave, and a refrigerator, and a Continental Breakfast is also provided.

11. Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites • Kalispell

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Image: Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites

This ideally-located Kalispell hotel is 10 minutes from the airport and just 1.5 km from Flathead Lake. It is half an hour away from the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, and a 45-minute drive from Glacier National Park.

The facilities at the hotel include an indoor swimming pool and fitness center, both of which are accessible 24 hours, and a business center. The rooms include cable TV, a seating area, a work desk, and coffee-making facilities.

The hotel serves an impressive daily breakfast along the lines of eggs, sausage, and waffles, with a few biscuits, gravy, and Montana hot apple oatmeal thrown in for good measure to set you up for the day’s activities.

12. Residence Inn • Bozeman

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Set in a wonderful location less than 5 km from the city center, the hotel has a scenic and expansive surrounding backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The Museum of the Rockies is just 7 km from the location, and Bridger Bowl Ski Resort is just over 30 km away. If you fancy a trip up to Yellowstone Park from this lodging, you’ll find it less than 150 km away.

 The hotel facilities include an indoor pool, a heated spa, and a fully-equipped fitness center, and some suites have fully equipped kitchens, TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The Bozeman Inn also offers self-catering accommodation options with fully-equipped kitchens that include a microwave, a refrigerator, stove-tops, and even dishwashers.

Buffet breakfasts are available as is a free dinner 3 times per week, and there is a cozy lounge complete with a fireplace.

13. Clubhouse Inn • West Yellowstone

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The Clubhouse is a couple of hours from Yellowstone International Airport and the hotel provides a pick-up shuttle service. It is set in an ideal location half a kilometer from the center, and less than a 5-minute drive from the west entrance of the National Park in Yellowstone, as well as the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and the Yellowstone Historic Center.

The inn’s amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center and the natural wooden, en suite rooms include a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee machine, and free Wi-Fi.

The Clubhouse also provides a free continental breakfast to set you up for a day’s exploring of the broad range of local attractions available.

14. Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites • Great Falls

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Image: Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites

The homely-looking Crystal Inn is located off Interstate 15, just 6 km from the center. It is a close 3 km from Great Falls International Airport, and a free shuttle service is provided by the hotel. Some of the nearby attractions include the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which is 16 km away, and Malmstrom Air Force Base is a 20-minute drive from the Crystal Inn.

The hotel’s amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness suite, and a business center. The comfortable family rooms include free Wi-Fi, a large cable TV, a microwave, and a refrigerator, as well as coffee-making facilities.

15. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson• Billings

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Image: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Just 3 km from the center of downtown Billings and 10 minutes from Interstate 90, this modern, spacious Montana hotel has comfortable family rooms and is in an ideal location just 10 minutes away from the famous Little Big Horn Battlefield.

The rooms come equipped with a large, flat-screen TV, a microwave, a small fridge, free Wi-Fi, and coffee-making facilities. The amenities in the hotel include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness center, and a business center.

You can get free coffee and cookies in the lobby at this Billings hotel, and a daily continental-style breakfast with additional biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and waffles are also available.

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About The Author

Mark Barnett

Mark Philip is a writer and lifestyle enthusiast from the Midlands in the U.K. With a background in martial arts and fitness, Mark headed out to Bangkok, Thailand where he now lives and works. Mark has authored e-books, articles, and blogs across a wide range of topics for commercial, educational, factual, lifestyle and leisure-based purposes.

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