Exploring Livingston: A Montana Springtime Adventure

Our hearts will always be firmly rooted in Bozeman, but let's not overlook the amazing neighboring towns that dot the beautiful Montana landscape! No matter the direction you travel, you'll discover charming MT towns that boast their own unique charms and attractions. Among our personal favorites is Livingston, nestled a mere 26 miles east of Bozeman. This picturesque town captivates visitors with its captivating blend of perks and quirks, making it an absolute must-visit destination! Plus, it's known as one of the coolest towns in Montana.

This place has it all, from a fascinating history to breathtaking scenery, delicious food, great shopping, and even awesome art. Trust us, you won't be disappointed! Here are some must-see spots that should be on your radar for your next visit to Livingston:

Katabatic Brewing Company:

Katabatic Brewing Company, nestled in the heart of downtown, is a beloved brewery with a deep appreciation for the rich history and vibrant culture of this unique Montana town. With a clear vision in mind, they set out to create an inviting and family-friendly space where everyone can find a beer to love. The ultimate goal? To provide a social hub that brings the community together while showcasing their passion for crafting something truly special. At Katabatic Brewing Company, you can expect a friendly atmosphere, delightful brews, and a heartfelt dedication to the spirit of Livingston.

From barrel-aged stouts to perfectly crafted lagers, Katabatic Brewing offers a incredible array of brews, but don't forget to bring your appetite when giving them a visit! They've teamed up with their neighbors, Fiesta En Jalisco, to bring you an yummy menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. Our team tried out their enchiladas, quesadillas, and loaded potato skins, and boy, were we in for a treat! 

Katabatic Brewing Co

Beer Photo Courtesy of Katabatic Brewing Co.

The Livingston Depot:

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of Livingston at The Livingston Depot. This historic gem, built in 1902, holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Acting as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park for the Northern Pacific Railroad system, the main building played a vital role as an administrative division headquarters, buzzing with telegraph wires sending out important orders and communications!

Today, The Livingston Depot has transformed into a seasonal museum (open from May to September), offering a captivating glimpse into the past. The Depot has also become a thriving community center and events venue, bringing people together for a variety of occasions. From presenting and promoting the visual and performing arts to hosting life celebrations, including weddings, this historic structure serves as a cherished gathering place for the Livingston community! 

Livingston Depot Montana

Wolf's Mercantile:

Wolf's Mercantile, formerly Mary's Décor to Adore, is the ultimate destination for all things delightful in downtown Livingston, MT. Step inside and prepare to be enamored by floral arrangements, seasonal décor, unique gifts, and so much more! Every item has been carefully curated by their talented interior designer, Mary, ensuring that you'll find something truly special.

Don't forget to venture upstairs and discover a curated collection of western wear! Or, for those seeking to add a touch of history to their home, Wolf's Mercantile even offers a collection of antique guns for sale. When visiting Livingston, don't forget to stop in at this one-of-a-kind shop, full of Western charm!

Wolfs Mercantile Livingston MT

Local Street Art:

Get ready to be captivated by the vibrant and artistic spirit of Livingston as you explore the outdoor scenes that grace the town. The Welcome to Livingston street sign by Kadie Smith warmly greets visitors with its colorful charm, setting the tone for a delightful adventure. As you stroll along Main Street, keep an eye out for the eye-catching Confetti Fish sculpture by Derek DeYoungs, a whimsical masterpiece that adds a touch of nature-inspired magic to the area. And don't miss the beautifully painted In Memory of Brutus the Bear street wall art by K Potter Fine Art, a powerful tribute to a beloved resident of the Montana Grizzly Encounter.

These artistic sites bring life and character to the town, creating a sense of wonder and leaving a lasting impression on both locals and tourists!

Art of Livingston MT

Northside School/Yellowstone Gateway Museum:

Make sure to check out the historic Northside School in Livingston, MT. This architectural site, built in 1907, stands proudly with its concrete block simulated stone exterior. Once a elementary school that replaced its wooden-framed predecessors on the north side of Livingston, the Northside School is a truly historic spot that is beloved by both locals and tourists!

In 1976, it found new life as the Yellowstone Gateway Museum when it was purchased by the Park County Museum Association. Today, visitors can explore the museum's fascinating permanent exhibits: Pioneers, Transportation, Expeditions, and Montana's Native Cultures. Be sure to keep an eye out for the iconic red wooden Northern Pacific Caboose on the front lawn—a nostalgic symbol that invites you to delve deeper into the rich history of Livingston! 

Yellowstone Gateway Museum

Sacajawea Park:

While spending time in Livingston, you absolutely have to visit Sacajawea Park! It's a fantastic spot located right on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and it pays homage to the Corps of Discovery's entry into the stunning Yellowstone River valley. The park is thought to be situated about about half a mile downriver from where the expedition likely reached the river in 1806!

Talk about being surrounded by history! This park is the perfect place to relax, soak in the charm of this beloved Montana town, and bask in the remarkable stories of Lewis and Clark's legendary journey. 

Sacajawea Park Livingston


Written by: Alexa Jorgenson, MGC Content Creator

Photography by: Luke Clark, MGC Photographer

Blog Cover by: Averi Thompson, MGC Graphic Designer


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