What’s New this New Year in North Dakota?

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While the new year is a time of reflection, it’s also a time to look forward and consider all that lies ahead. North Dakotans know there are many exciting and fun ways to get inspired in the new year in their state. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a new destination, new experiences or a new cause, January is a great time to celebrate what’s cool – and what’s new – in North Dakota

Have a go at a new hobby

Make this the year you take up that hobby you’ve always wanted to have. Curious about curling? There are clubs across the state welcoming members, and the North Dakota Curling Club Playdowns are in Grand Forks this month. If it’s running that piques your interest, get off on the right foot and start your training at the Fargo Marathon Kickoff Run in the warmth of the Fargodome. Find your creative side at Bismarck’s Theo Art School’s ART UNCORKED guided adult art and wine classes or at Paint the Town Red classes with local artists at the Taube Museum of Art in Minot. Ready to try snowboarding? Hit the slopes at the three ski areas in North Dakota, where you can hone your skiing, snowboarding or tubing skills

Winter Wonderland destinations

It may be cold outside, but with the appropriate winter attire and right frame of mind, there are many destinations to enjoy across the state. Try your hand at ice fishing on world-class Devils Lake, and stay at full-service Woodland Resort. Clip into your cross-country skis and explore 10 miles of groomed trails at the beautifully primitive Cross Ranch State Park. Rent a cabin for the evening there, or opt for a night in a yurt – a tent-like structure with stoves for heat. The Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are exquisite beneath snowfall, and snowshoes are a great way to access the majestic views that make this park a top destination.

Ring in the New Year with a new experience

Maybe you’ve never considered a game of snow kickball or a cardboard sled race, but if you’re up for the challenge, then Fargo’s North of Normal Frostival is where you should be this January. This multi-day event is a celebration of all things cool about living in one of the coolest places. Join locals as they participate in snowga – yes, that’s snow yoga – and snow softball, and then thaw out at The Depot while enjoying family-centered activities. Looking for a reason to break out the skates? Lace up and join the fun of the Inaugural Ice Skating Party in Minot, with games, goodies, music and fun for the entire family. If you’ve never experienced a University of North Dakota hockey game, find out what the excitement is all about at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. For an informal science learning opportunity in Bismarck, Gateway to Science’s Winter Wonderland is a free family event with a hands-on focus on the wonder of winter or explore the new Treehouse at the State Museum.

Start a new bucket list

We’ve all heard of bucket lists – things somebody wants to do before they can’t do them anymore. Bucket lists, like people, are personal and there are many things to do in North Dakota that would fit nicely and are as varied as the people putting their lists together. The North Dakota Tourism staff offered up a few ideas from their own personal goals and we invite you to start with these 14 drops in the bucket