6 Legendary ways to entertain "F-A-M-I-L-Y" in North Dakota
North Dakota's legendary activities are designed with the family in mind. Don't just tell the kids to get outdoors, join them on a hike or a bike ride, go swimming or visit a national park or historic site. Or play catch then take in a RedHawks baseball game. Try these activities and share your experiences with Travel North Dakota fans at www.facebook.com/TravelND.
1. F is for fairs, forts and fishing
It's fair season and one can enjoy a number of county, valley and state fairs. Stroll through exhibits, walk the midway in search of that foot-long corndog, then take a spin on the Ferris wheel. With a full belly and rides complete, hit the road to explore one of North Dakota's legendary military forts or state historic sites. Finally, cap off a weekend at your favorite fishing spot trying to land the "big one."
2. A is for adventure
Your idea of adventure is as diverse as the types of adventures available in North Dakota. Mountain bikers have the Maah Daah Hey Trail or hundreds of miles of paved trails; horseback riders have the Badlands or grasslands; and boaters have Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea or the free-flowing Missouri and Red rivers. For those seeking family fitness, there are a number fun runs and walks through the state this summer to include the Firecracker in Grand Forks and the Scheels Run for the Red in Fargo.
3. M is all about musical madness
The curtain has risen on stage productions at summer theaters throughout North Dakota, including the "Granddaddy of Them All," the Medora Musical. The musical is held night outdoors at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. For smaller venues, enjoy "Ring of Fire" at Frost Fire Summer Theater or head to the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theatre in Grand Rapids. Plays also will be held at the Lisbon Opera House and Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts in New Rockford while "Grease" and "The Sound of Music" hit the outdoor stage at Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre in Bismarck.
4. I is for ice cream
I scream, you scream we all well, you know. North Dakota has some great ice cream stops. Head to Pride Dairy in Bottineau and try their Juneberry ice cream, or stop by the Ye Olde Malt Shoppe in Garrison where the peppermint ice cream is worth the trip. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, then a Whirl-A-Whip at Dakota Drug in Stanley is a must-try where hand-dipped (aka real) ice cream, syrups, flavors, candy, and other additions are on the menu. If licorice ice cream is at the top of your list, the Marque de Mores Ice Cream Parlor in Medora serves up one of the best, but don't take our word for it, see what Travel North Dakota fans recommended on June 19th at http://www.facebook.com/TravelND.
5. L will get you lovin' the water
There's one sure way to beat the ragin' heat of summer. Take a dip in a pool. If it's not a nearby lake or river, then a likely place would be Raging Rivers Waterpark in Mandan where a lazy river surrounds waterslides of various shapes and sizes or try the all new Davies Recreational Pool featuring Fargo's first drop slide starting from a 27-foot-high platform. For the ultimate in relaxation and a touch of nostalgia, grab a deck chair on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat in Bismarck and watch the sun set over the Missouri River.
6. Y is for those young at heart
Deep down, we're all still kids; and North Dakota is one big playground. Channel your inner kid at one of our zoos or treat them to a just-for-kids experience at Gateway to Science in Bismarck or the Children's Museum at Yunker Farm in Fargo. Slip and slide away at Medora's Family Fun Center or sit back and enjoy cinema under the stars at Movies in the Park in Grand Forks. Wrap up the evening with America's favorite pastime taking in a RedHawks baseball game in Fargo.
Make your North Dakota vacation more enjoyable by planning ahead and making hotel reservations in advance. For a listing of local convention and visitors bureaus offering travel assistance, go to: www.ndtourism.com/industry/chamber-links/.