Touring Fort Mandan State Historic Site Near Washburn

15 Places to Visit With Kids in North Dakota

Enhance your child's education and have fun doing it at these unique North Dakota destinations. Experience North Dakota’s rich heritage and culture at these fun, kid-approved sites.

Red River Zoo
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.

Scheels ferris wheel
SCHEELS Fargo

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.

Fargo Air Museum
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.

Kids at Roosevelt zoo
Roosevelt Park Zoo

Roosevelt Park Zoo along the Souris River in Minot has many rare species, including Amur leopards and tigers, snow leopards, African warthogs and many, many more. Be sure to check out summer activities for kids and ride the Magic City Express train.

kids jumping on trampoline
Northern Air Family Fun Center

Massive trampoline park includes 92 trampolines in an open jump area, including basketball dunking station and foam pit. Anyone up for dodgeball? 

covered wagon
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.

Worlds largest Buffalo
Frontier Village

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.

Heritage Center
North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

The State Museum offers a spectacular collection of Plains Indian artifacts. You also can see displays on the state's rich military and agricultural history, and shop for local arts and crafts in the museum gift shop.

Lewis & Clark riverboat
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.

Fort Abraham Lincoln
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.

lion at the zoo
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.

Hiking in TRNP
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.

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Chahinkapa Zoo

Chahinkapa Zoo is home to more than 200 animals representing 70 species and six continents. The zoo and park lie along the banks of the Red River of the North in Wahpeton. This natural setting is a veritable paradise for song birds, waterfowl and wildlife.

Cowboy hall of fame
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.

Medora musical
Medora Musical

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

3422 Chateau Rd
Medora, ND 58645
United States