Winter burst into Great Falls, Montana in 2010 with frosty forecasts and temperatures below zero. During these frozen periods of time, the pond at Gibson Park, normally full of ducks and geese, gets turned into an outdoor ice skating rink compliments of the City of Great Falls employees. Using their own version of a Zamboni, they clear the snow off of the top smoothing the ice for skaters young and old.
Seeking warmth, the ducks and geese gather in the parking lots, which, although covered in snow, still emits more warmth than the frozen pond. The play area, usually filled with the laughter of playful children, rests quietly in a blanket of snow.
For some picturesque views of the Missouri River, venture down Riverside Drive. One of the favorite spots of the locals is Broadwater Bay Park, providing breathtaking views. The frozen river is so peaceful and serene.
A drive through the snow-covered streets of Great Falls draws your attention to some of the distinctive architecture, such as Columbus Center, located on 2nd Avenue North between 16th Street North and 17 Street North. There several monuments and statues throughout the city, each depicting a part of Great Falls history. Also look for the many icicles ranging from small ones to enormous clusters throughout the city.
The Old Skyline, located at 2401 Old Airport Road, offers the prettiest overhead view of the city. Whether enjoying the view through their large wall of windows or braving the cold on the outside deck, you can witness beauty as far as the eye can see.
Another amazing place of interest are the falls of the Missouri in Great Falls. It was these majestic falls belonging to the Missouri River that gave the city its name. Resembling a cake that has been overloaded with frosting, the falls contain layer upon layer of frozen water.
Each season in Great Falls has something special to offer. The weather changes so quickly that each hour of the day may provide a very different outdoor experience. Whether you are a local resident or a guest, take a little time to enjoy these gifts of beauty for yourself.