Best Things to Do in Sidney, MT + Where to Eat and Sleep
Sidney, Montana, is located on the Yellowstone River right along the Montana and North Dakota border. Sidney is known as Montana’s “Sunrise City” and being so close to the Montana and Dakota badlands makes it a great spot for exploration and outdoor activities.
Sidney is a great location when it comes to fishing, hunting game, waterfowl, and upland birds. Being along the Yellowstone River provides the perfect area for discovering agates.
Today we will be exploring all that Sidney has to offer including activities, dining experiences, and the best spots for lodging.
Things to Do in Sidney, Montana
Read on for the top things to do in Sidney, whether you’re looking for history, recreation, or something yummy to eat.
MonDak Heritage Center
The MonDak is known as Eastern Montana’s premier museum. On display, you will find beautiful art exhibits, historical artifacts and information from the state of Montana, and so much more.
Some of the exhibits at the MonDak Heritage Center include the “Main Street” Historical Town, MDHC Art Collection including pieces from famous artists, and the annual Youth Art Show that is hosted in March/April each year.
Sidney Country Club
Enjoy a relaxing day of golf at the Sidney Country Club, the only 18-hole golf course in this region of Montana. It is a premier, semi-private par 72 course featuring 6,986 yards of golf. There are several tournaments and championships hosted here throughout the year as well as a junior golf program/membership.
If you visit on a Sunday, be sure to check out their Sunday Brunch served weekly from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm.
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Although it is not technically located in Sidney (or Montana, for that matter), the Fort Union Trading Post is just about a 30-minute drive over the North Dakota border. It is a great way to learn about the history of the area and enjoy some activities.
There is no fee associated with entry into the park and there is plenty to experience, including the Fort Union Trade House, the Jr. Ranger and Jr. Trading program, and a short film giving the history of this historic site.
Sherry Arnold Fitness Trail
If you are looking to get out into nature and get active, a great way to do so is with a visit to the Sherry Arnold Fitness Trail. The trail provides a place to go for a walk or go on a bike ride.
It is also commemorative to a local teacher that was tragically abducted and murdered in 2012, making each and every visit to the trail a meaningful one.
Lewis & Clark Trail Spots in Sidney
I’m sure we have all learned about famous explorers, Lewis & Clark, throughout our time in school. While in Sidney, Montana, it’s time to learn even more about them!
The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail is an exploration trail that runs across the span of 4,900 miles and sixteen states across the US. In Sidney, you can visit a portion of the trail and see the history behind the Lewis & Clark expedition.
Where to Stay in Sidney, Montana
Richland Inn & Suites: Richland Inn & Suites is conveniently located in Sidney, Montana where you will find short commutes to many of the activities and restaurants that we have named above. Richland has an excellent customer rating while offering affordable rates and a lot of amenities including a complimentary breakfast buffet, a fitness center, and a convenience store.
Lone Tree Inn: Lone Tree Inn is another great family-friendly, affordable option for lodging in Sidney. Lone Tree is a motel that offers a variety of room options. While it is not necessarily a luxury hotel, it is convenient and perfect for those that like to take the simple approach. The Taphouse Bar & Grill is conveniently located directly behind the motel which makes for an easy dining experience.
MainStay Suites Medical Center: Mainstay Suites is one of the highest-rated hotels in the Sidney, MT area. They are conveniently located just minutes from the airport and within walking distance of the local medical center. Being a part of the Choice Hotels chain, they have a reputable name and brand.
Places to Eat in Sidney, MT
Pizza House: Although they are known for their Pizza, don’t let the name “Pizza House” fool you. Pizza House specializes in pizza, but also offers a wide variety of other options including burgers and sandwiches, various appetizers, a wide variety of entrée salads, and tasty desserts. Some of their most popular options include their Super Nachos, the Big T Burger, the Smokey Dipper, and of course their specialty pizzas such as The Big Dill, the Bronco Special, and the Hog Wild Pizza.
South 40 Restaurant, Lounge, and Casino: South 40 is a great place to visit if you are looking for a little dining and fun in one spot. Paired with the Lounge & Casino to have a good time, the South 40 Restaurant offers a wide variety of entrée choices including delicious steaks, seafood, and other home-style meals, such as country fried steak and chicken fried chicken. To pair nicely with entrees, South 40 also offers an extensive Soup and Salad Bar with a wide variety of toppings and selections.
Sunny’s Family Restaurant: It’s all in the name, Sunny’s is a great option for a family-friendly meal. Here you will find delicious breakfast platters, authentic Mexican dishes on Monday afternoons/evenings, and delicious pastries including cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls.
Sadie’s: Sadie’s restaurant is a great option for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. They are only open varying hours throughout the week between 6:00 am – 1:00 pm depending on the day so double check opening hours before arriving. On the menu, you will find delicious home-style breakfast platters, a variety of burgers and sandwiches, and dinner platters.
Ranger Lounge: Ranger Lounge is another eatery and casino combination. They are open daily from 10:00 am – 2:00 am. Paired with the variety of casino games is the Ranger Lounge restaurant. The Ranger Lounge has a versatile menu including appetizers, dinner mains such as the “Ranger Dip” as well as daily specials such as the Saturday Night Prime Rib.
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