Kennedy Park, Helena MT

If you’ve road tripped through Montana on a summer family vacation, you know that while beautiful, the state of Montana is vast…and often empty. Pit stops are sometimes scarce, which makes Kennedy Park (located on Harrison Avenue) in the heart of East Helena all the more attractive.

Helena Mt with kids

We loved the wide space of grass (the boys dug the soccer ball out of the car), the picnic areas, and the huge wooden fort structure. There were several shade canopies and plenty of shade. Best yet, unpack the swim suits, because this park has an exceptional city pool and water park attached.

The pool, called Memorial Park Swimming Pool, features a large water slide, splash pad, and spray area in addition to a full-sized pool.

Distance from the interstate: Five minutes

Date last visited: July 2010

Admission fee: None. Swimming pool admission varies.

Hours: Sunup to sunset. For pool hours, check the city’s recreation page.

Food services: None. Pack a picnic!

Website: None.

Directions: From I-15, take Highway 12 into East Helena. Turn left on First Street, right on Main, and left on Harrison.