16 Places to Visit With Kids in North Dakota

Experience North Dakota’s rich heritage and culture at these fun, kid-approved sites.
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Red River Zoo

Several endangered species live here, along with exotic and native animals and plants from areas around the world with similar climates to the Red River Valley.

4255 23rd Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58104
Ferris wheel at SWcheels All-Sport in Fargo. 2
Scheels All Sports

Browse more than 85 specialty shops under one roof at this ultimate sports fan and athlete shopping experience. Ride the Scheels Wheel 45-foot, 12-car 1953 park-style Ferris wheel.

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Fargo Air Museum

Blue skies prevail year-round at the Fargo Air Museum, a premier flying museum featuring historic flyable airplanes and interactive children’s exhibits include a seat of the cockpit experience.

1609 19th Ave N Fargo, ND 58102
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Roger Maris Museum

Trace the career of Roger Maris, the legendary Fargo athlete who hit 61 homers to break Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1961. This popular North Dakota museum allows visitors to re-live Roger’s legendary life.

West Acres Mall Fargo, ND 58103
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Heritage-Hjemkomst Center

Check out the authentic handmade Viking longship that was sailed to Norway in 1982, along with other national traveling exhibits.

202 First Ave. North Fargo, ND 56560
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Bonanzaville, USA

Get an up-close look at North Dakota history with 15 fascinating acres of historic buildings, ranging from a sod house to a church, court house and country store. Don’t miss the antique cars, airplanes, farm equipment and other memorabilia.

1351 W. Main Ave. West Fargo, ND 58078
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Frontier Village and the World’s Largest Buffalo

Visit an authentic pioneer town at the end of Louis L’Amour Lane next to the National Buffalo Museum and live buffalo herd. Snap a family photo next to the World’s Largest Buffalo, a 60-ton concrete buffalo statue.

404 Louis L'Amour Lane Jamestown, ND 58401
Enjoy some family fun while taking in some North Dakota History. 8
State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center

The collection of Plains Indians artifacts found here is second only to the Smithsonian's. You can also see displays on the state's rich military and agricultural history, and shop for local arts and crafts in the museum gift shop.

612 E Boulevard Ave Bismarck, ND 58505
The Lewis & Clark Riverboat, docked at night 9
Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Take a dinner or sunset cruise on the Missouri River aboard this 100-foot paddle-wheeler featuring twin decks and a 70-foot cabin that can carry more than 150 people.

1700 River Road Bismarck, ND
The blockhouses overlooking the Missouri River at Fort Abraham Lincoln, south of Mandan. 10
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

The Fort Lincoln Trolley offers a round-trip ride to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, where history goes back 300-plus years to when it was home to the Mandan Indians. Today it's a 977-acre park on the banks of the Missouri River. Visit the park’s On-A-Slant Indian Village, where you can see reconstructed earthlodges, and Custer House.

4480 Fort Lincoln Road Mandan, ND 58554
A tiger lounges in the big cat exhibit at Dakota Zoo in Bismarck. 11
Dakota Zoo

See more than 600 animals -- and more than 125 species -- at the Dakota Zoo, home to mountain lions, moose, grizzly bears, river otters and more.

600 Riverside Park Road Bismarck, ND 58504
A Triceratops greets visitors to the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson. 12
Dakota Dinosaur Museum

Don't let the life-sized Triceratops and Pachycephalosaurus outside the entrance scare you away. Real skeletons excavated from the area are found inside, in addition to a Triceratops skull named "Bill" and a collection of minerals from all over the world. Stop into the gift shop for such unique souvenirs as insects in amber, and casts of dinosaur teeth and claws.

200 E. Museum Drive Dickinson, ND 58601
Enjoying the Badlands of western North Dakota. 13
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Unit

Admire the 26th president's contribution to conservation at this national park. The North Dakota Badlands provide a scenic backdrop, and you may spot buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dogs on the loop drive. Want more action? Options include hiking trails through the Badlands, trail rides on horseback and canoeing the Little Missouri River.

Medora, ND 58645
Chateau de Mores near Medora. 14
Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

This 26-room, two-story historic house museum was built in 1883 as the summer home of the Marquis de Mores, the French nobleman who founded Medora, and his family.

3426 Chateau Roadd Medora, ND 58645
The Hall of Fame pays tribute to the cowboy culture in North Dakota. 15
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Rustle up some of North Dakota’s rich western heritage at this 15,000-square-foot interpretive center. Browse permanent and traveling western culture exhibits, a Hall of Honorees, gift shop, archives and more.

250 Main Street Medora, ND 58645
Cowboy Lyle visiting with tourists in Medora, N.D. 16
Medora Musical

Take in a Broadway-style variety show, with Western entertainment and a patriotic salute, at Burning Hills Amphitheater.

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