Discover Billings and Yellowstone County! Join our walking tours of historic locations. Tours run about one hour twenty minutes and require comfortable walking shoes. These popular tours will interest both Montana residents and visitors to the State. We are limiting how many people can go – up to 15 people per tour. To reserve your spot please purchase your tickets online or call 406-256-6809.
Most tours are scheduled each Friday morning at 10:00am, June through September. We also host monthly Thursday evening tours at 6pm. Custom times are also available by request (minimum 7 people). Contact us at 406-256-6809 for more information (Lauren Hunley).
Tickets are available online or at the time of the walk (space permitting): $10 for adults, $5 for students, $3 for children, children under 6 are free (up to 2 per paying adult).
Bars, Brothels, and Bok Choy: Exploring Minnesota Avenue
Thursday, June 23 (6pm); Friday, August 26 (10am); Friday, September 9 (10am)
Before the skate park and businesses, Billings’ Southside was filled with bars, brothels and even a Chinatown. We’ll wander the remnants of these establishments and bring back to life the stories of these large, and almost forgotten, communities.
This popular tour begins at the Western Heritage Center.
Celebrities & Scandals in Downtown Billings (Billings Depot Neighborhood)
Friday, June 3 (10am)
Explore the celebrity visits and shocking scandals of the Billings Historic Depot Neighborhood! Prohibition, sedition, and local deaths share the walk with famous names like Charles Lindbergh, Calamity Jane, Tom Cruise, and more! Cecelia Gavinsky, the museum collections manager, leads the tour.
This tour begins at the Billings Depot at 2310 Montana Avenue. Call 256-6809 if you need directions.
Born a Railroad Town
Friday, August 5 (10am)
Billings’ was created in 1882 by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The city was split into two by railroad tracks running through the center of downtown. This tour explores the founding of Billings and explains how the railroad continues to impact us today.
This tour begins at the Western Heritage Center.
The Lights of Broadway
Friday, June 10 (10am); Friday, July 1 (10am)
Take a morning walk through the heart of downtown Billings to learn about the development of North Broadway and the historical characters who walked the streets.
This tour begins at the Western Heritage Center.
Swords Rimrock Park
Friday, July 15 (10am)
Take a break from your routine and celebrate Billings’ magnificent Rimrocks with a stroll along the east end of Swords Rimrock Park. Enjoy Billings’ most visible parkland, just east of the airport, learning about Crow Indian historic sites and Yellowstone Kelly’s gravesite.
This tour begins at Sword’s Rimrock Park Picnic Area, east of the Airport. Call 256-6809 if you need directions.
Historic Moss Mansion Neighborhood (Historic Architecture)
Friday, June 24 (10am); Friday, September 2 (10am)
Still some of the most beautiful residences in town, Clark and Yellowstone Avenues were home to Billings’ most influential business and civic leaders. We will explore the stunning architecture and share stories of the legendary residents who called them home.
This tour begins at the corner of Division Street and Clark Avenue. Call if you need directions.
Riverside Park (Laurel)
Friday, July 8 (10am); Thursday, July 28 (6pm)
Learn the fascinating and invaluable role Laurel’s Riverside Park has played in Montana’s history. This tour will explore the unique stories and unusual architecture found throughout the park.
This tour begins at Riverside Park. Call if you need directions.
South Park Stroll
Friday, June 17 (10am); Friday, July 29 (10am)
Explore the rich history of the south side! On this tour, we’ll look at the remnants of Billings’ railroad beginnings, see the influence of the sugar beet factory, and learn about the role of South Park in our community.
This tour begins South Park on South 28th (east side). Call if you need directions.
MetraPark & the Fairgrounds
Friday, August 19 (10am)
The county fair has always been a fun family affair. The Yellowstone Fair Association was established in 1892 with events like rodeos, fireworks, displays, and Native American dances. Hear about Sacrifice Cliff and the expansion of the fairgrounds into what it is today.
This tour begins at the fairgrounds gate. Call if you need directions.
McKinley School and North Elevation Neighborhood Architecture
Friday, July 22 (10am); Thursday, August 25 (6pm)
Take a walk with us through Yellowstone County’s first National Register residential district! We’ll explore the history and development of the North Elevation neighborhood and learn about the many architectural treasurers it holds.
This tour begins at the corner of 9th and 32nd, near McKinley School. Call 406-256-6809 if you need directions.
Grave Side Stories – A Walk Through Mountview Cemetery
Friday, August 12 (10am); Friday, September 16 (10am)
Join us for a walk through Billings’ Mountview Cemetery located on Central Avenue. We’ll look at the original layout of Billings’ first cemetery, hear some of our past citizens stories, and view the historic mausoleum.
This popular tour begins at Mountview Cemetery, near Veteran’s area, off of Central Avenue. Call 256-6809 if you need directions.