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Outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy Carrington, a small town northwest of Jamestown in the heart of the Central Flyway and some of the best birding opportunities in the nation. Every year, thousands of waterfowl make their way along the flyway to and from breeding grounds and wintering sites. But they aren't the only winged creatures found here. Carrington is part of Birding Drives Dakota, a trail of six distinct birding drives designed by a leading ornithologist to take you to the best places for birding in the Missouri Coteau. Observe the American white pelicans at Chase Lake National Refuge, dancing sharp-tailed grouse at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge and grassland birds near Lake Juanita.

Back in town, visit the Putnam House on Main Street. Built in 1907 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the building is open to tours and event. If you still want a little more history of the area, visit the Foster County Museum for a look into the past.

If shopping interests you, Carrington features a collection of unique retail offerings, including Creative Treasures, the Garden Gate, Designer Fabrics Quilt Shop and floral shops Rose Garden Floral and Greenhouse and Petal & Stems.

When it's time to grab a bite to eat, take your pick of local fare at the HiWay Drive In, Chieftain Conference Center, CBS's Bar and Grill, Prairie Inn, The Garden Gate, the Ice Cream Shoppe, Pizza Ranch and Subway.

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