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Remember when your dad used to drive the family to the ocean or the mountains for the annual family vacation? Whenever you passed the Tent of Miracles or the Cave of 10,000 Rattlesnakes or the Fabulous Mystery House, you'd beg Dad to stop. He always ignored you and drove on as if you hadn't spoken. Columbia Falls offers you the chance to find out what attractions like these are all about.

Montana's largest waterslide park, the Big Sky Waterpark, at the junction of U.S. highways 2 and 206 (tel. 406/892-5026; www.bigskywp.com), is a good place to cool off. The Amazing Fun Center, at U.S. 2 E., Coram (tel. 406/387-5902; www.amazingfuncenter.com), offers myriad opportunities to stay dry and have some fun. Like rats hunting for an odorless cheese, tourists often enter the Fun Center's maze and emerge hours later. If mazes aren't your bag, the place also has go-carts and other games. The House of Mystery, 7800 U.S. 2 E., Columbia Falls (tel. 406/892-1210; www.montanavortex.com), offers a vortex (you'll just have to go in to find out) and other bewilderments.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.