5 legendary ways to enjoy the great outdoors in North Dakota

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Summer is here, and outdoor activities in North Dakota are limitless. Whether you are looking for a high-action rodeo, an inspiring golf course or a tranquil day at the beach, North Dakota has a number of distinctive ways to enjoy the great outdoors. For more outdoor North Dakota activities, contact North Dakota Tourism for more options at NDTourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

1. Go birding

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, birdwatching is now a hobby of 47.8 million Americans. Did you know that 370 species of birds can be found in North Dakota? Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex  near Moffit was recently listed as a top 10 birding site by Wildbird Magazine.

2. Hit the beach  

Check out a few of the coolest areas in the state to hit the beach. Fort Stevenson State Park, on Lake Sakakawea's north shore offers a marina, boat rental and great scenery. Lake Ashtabula, 12 miles northwest of Valley City, offers great lakeside lounging and is situated in one of the most scenic river valleys in the state. The Jamestown Reservoir, another premier recreation site, has 45 miles of shoreline and more than 2,000 acres of surface area.

3. Bring the clubs 

North Dakota is home to many wonderful and challenging golf courses that have drawn national attention, and many more that are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. With 116 nine- and 18-hole courses, North Dakota boasts more golf courses per capita than any other state. Check out the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail.

4. Take in a ballgame

Nothing is as special as taking your family to an outdoor baseball game. Catch “Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks” fever, or cheer for your favorite local amateur softball team at a diamond near you. Swing in and enjoy a game this summer.

5. Saddle up 

Eight seconds seems so long when you're watching a cowboy hang on for his life. From national professional events to local high school competitions, rodeo isn't just a sport in North Dakota, it’s a lifestyle. You might also jump in your own saddle and explore one of the state’s many horseback riding trails.

These are just a few ideas to help you enjoy North Dakota’s great outdoors. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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