8 Legendary ways to make memories in North Dakota

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From exploring our vibrant cities to enjoying celebrations and having fun with family, it’s the perfect time to make memories in North Dakota! Take the kids outside to play and instead of merry-go-rounds, there are scenic drives where they’ll see wildlife of all kinds. Instead of slides and swings, there are hiking trails, peaks and streams to conquer. Summer is a perfect time to make memories that will last a lifetime. For more memorable North Dakota activities, contact North Dakota Tourism at NDTourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

1.    Fun in the City

What exactly is a city experience? Ask 50 people and you will get 50 answers. A city experience might be an afternoon shopping the unique stores in a large downtown. It might be a nice dinner followed by a concert at the arena or a traveling Broadway play or local production at the theater. Or maybe it's a college football, basketball or hockey game. North Dakota has an array of things to see and do and a large variety of unique downtown dining and entertainment offerings, so get out and make memories in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot

2.    Memorable Badlands

Those who are fascinated with cowboy life will enjoy western North Dakota. The Badlands provide a spectacular backdrop for the frontier town of Medora, where the history of the Wild West lives on. Kid-friendly activities abound from sunup to sundown. Activities range from horseback riding, buggy rides, swimming, water activities at the Family Fun Center, miniature golf and much more.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, adjacent to Medora, has great opportunities for take-your-breath-away horseback riding, hiking, biking and scenic viewing. The rugged 70,000-acre park honors Theodore Roosevelt, who ranched in the Badlands and later became President. The park offers outstanding wildlife viewing, and kids can participate in the Junior Ranger Program.

3.    North Dakota’s 125th

Help celebrate North Dakota’s quasquicentennial on August 16th on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck! Enjoy live entertainment from some of North Dakota’s best talent, including Medora Musical’s Burning Hills Singers, Tigirlilly, Dakota Air, Keith Bear, Jesse Veeder, Robbie Vee, Greg Hager, Kevin Locke, Chuck Suchy, Mitch Malloy, and The Blenders. There also will be art booths, ethnic North Dakota foods and kids’ activities to round out this event for the whole family.  Don’t miss this party celebrating 125 years of statehood! For a complete list of events, check out North Dakota’s 125th Anniversary site.

4.    Adventures to remember

North Dakota has always attracted adventure seekers. Native Americans traversed the prairie on buffalo hunts. Lewis and Clark navigated the waters of the mighty Missouri River. Early pioneers found solitude and resilience in the wide-open spaces.  Today, North Dakota offers new adventures like hiking, biking, kayaking, birding, horseback riding and more. Experience the serene to the extreme in your own North Dakota adventure.  

5.    Lake time at Lake Metigoshe, near Bottineau

North Dakota boasts many lakes, but the forested, rolling hills along the U.S.-Canada border is the perfect setting for lake time. Prime recreation and camping meets great eating and accommodations in a beautiful lakeside setting at Lake Metigoshe and nearby Bottineau. Lake Metigoshe State Park offers great summertime activities, including fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and hiking and bike trails. Enjoy a water skiing performance by Club de Skinautique, the local ski team. And cool off with a bite of freshly made ice cream at the local creamery, Pride Dairy.

6.    Memorable drives

From the Pembina Gorge to the Little Missouri River, North Dakota's scenery is spectacular. Although interstate highways provide the quickest commute, traveling on North Dakota's scenic byways and backways allows opportunities to see the state's varied scenery up close. Of course, these paths less traveled are best enjoyed with the top down, or by bicycle or motorcycle!

7.    Roadside Art

It would be udderly ridiculous to think there is a 38-foot-tall cow watching travelers fly by, a number of oversized turtles or an entire highway filled with giant sculptures, but not in North Dakota. Grab your camera and take the classic Americana tour and experience North Dakota’s roadside art. 

8.    Fun at the Fish Ponds

The look of joy on a kid’s face holding their first catch is unforgettable. Make memories and share those fishing moments with your children at Game and Fish’s OWLS pond in Bismarck or at the State Fair Pond in Minot. The pond on the fairgrounds is open spring through fall. For a more traditional fishing excursion, find the nearest body of water and take the family on an adventure to remember.

These are just a few things to do with kids in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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