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summer things to do and see in Missoula

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So far, we have these threads:
stuff to do in Missoula in October
entertaining in march
stuff for kids in missoula
(and this paul's Make It Missoula blog post - 20 things for kids visiting missoula)

But nothing with the full-on summertime action in Missoula for all ages.

From stuff to do in October:

paul wheaton wrote:
"Hike to the M" is always a big one. It sounds lame, but ... trust me.

The carousel is a must:

There are some excellent places for fine dining in Missoula:

And, of course, #1 gyros:

Here's a sense of the scale of the big M above Missoula and the U of M after Paul and I hiked it with Geoff B. in 2011.

From entertaining in march:

Greg M Peters wrote:Fort Missoula has a cool museum to visit. Their winter hours are Tues-Sun 12-5.

If your guests are lucky to be here on the first weekend of the month - First Friday is awesome, even in March.

If they happen to be here on the third Thursday of the month, Artini - at the Missoula Art Museum is fun too. Art and wine, mmmm.

The Rocky Mountain Elk foundation has a museum for wildlife buffs. There's a nature trail there too, who knew?!

University of Montana Events are typically open to the public too. Presidential Lectures, drama, music, student readings, art shows. Check out for more info. - lots of music, theatre, education and other events listed here

Rockin' Rudy's - awesome, quirky, music and gift store
Big Dipper Ice Cream
Out to Lunch - a weekly performing arts festival Wednesdays at Caras Park June-August, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
FREE Tuesdays-Saturdsay 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The farmer's markets: - Saturdays May-September, Tuesday eves July-September - Saturdays May-September - arts & crafts, Saturdays May-September
(check websites for exact start and stop dates)

Outside of town:
Jerry Johnson hot springs
Lolo Hot Springs on Lolo Pass - hot spring pool, regular pool, restaurant & hiking trails
Quinn's Hot Springs - north of St. Regis
Hot Springs - the town and various pools and resorts
Glacier National Park
Bison Range

I tried to cull the most popular suggestions from the other threads...what did I miss?

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Target Range Community Farmers Market opens May 24, 2015 for it's 6th season. Held Sundays, 10am until 2pm, at Target Range School East Parking Lot, 4000 block of South Ave. Vendors and customers are always welcome. We are a small community market but we are friendly and have a good variety of local grown and produced items.
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Visit the New Insectarium in Missoula

The Missoula Insectarium is an arthropod educational museum and classroom located in downtown Missoula.
Admission is $4
218 E Front St, Suite 200 (second Floor)
Missoula, Montana
(406) 317-1211

Website -

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Glacier park

garden of a thousand buddhas

A lot of people that come here for a visit say the most fun thing they did was white water rafting, and the second most fun thing was the lewis and clark caverns.

If extrom's stage station is open - they make some damn good huckleberry pie.
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