- The list below includes 6 free or cheap things to do in or near Deer Lodge, Montana, including 26 different types of inexpensive activities like Historic Prisons, Historic Sites, Bowling and Movie Theaters.
- From Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site to Old Montana Prison Complex, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Deer Lodge and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Anaconda and Nevada City.
Cattle baron Conrad Kohrs once owned 10 million acres, and 1,600 acres of it are open to the public as Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Visitors can take guided tours including wagon tours pulled by draft horses, hear blacksmiths and cowboys talk, see farm animals, and tour the ranch house.
The Old Montana Prison Complex was originally built by inmates and opened on July 2, 1871. The complex has been turned into a series of museums including an Old Prison Museum, Law Enforcement Museum, Frontier Museum, Powell County Museum, Montana Auto Museum, Yesterday's Playthings and Cottonwood City.
A 12-lane bowling center, Cedar Park Bowling Lanes offers open and league bowling, horseshoes and arcade video games. The center also has a sports bar and lounge with casino games and televisions displaying sporting events.
Featuring 18 lanes, Copper City Bowl & Cafe offers open bowling with automatic scoring and shoe rental. The facility serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides slot machines, a bar and a banquet hall for private events.
Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park is home to one of the tallest free-standing brick structures in the world. Nearby this remanent building of the Anaconda Copper Company from the early 1900s is an interpretive display exhibit.
Guests to Opal Mountain Gems can mine for their own sapphires and precious gemstones. They can also buy loose gemstones from the company or arrange to have a gemstone brought from the company or that they already have made into jewelry.
A variety of sites within southwest Montan's mountains like old camps and ghost towns can be seen through Montana ATV Adventures. The standard trip offered by the ATV excursion company includes a ride over 6,000 feet above sea level along the Continental Divide.
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A historic mansion that has been converted into a bed and breakfast, the Copper King Mansion National Historic Place offers food and accommodations in a unique atmosphere. The mansion also rents out its main level for special events.
The Piccadilly Museum is a museum for a large collection of transportation memorabilia. Exhibits include kangaroo crossing signs and license plates. There are also highway and subway markers, vintage cars, and Evel Knievel memorabilia.