Girls at the Heritage Center

Free Things to Do

North Dakota is located at the intersection of fun and affordable

Organizations like AAA keep saying North Dakota is one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the U.S. Our warm, friendly people and wide-open spaces are also attractive when looking for a place to escape the crowds. Another reason is all the FREE attractions and activities. From historic sites to museums to a downtown sidewalk signed and imprinted by favorite Hollywood and Nashville stars, North Dakota has a free attraction for any interest or budget.

Following is a list of some of the top free attractions to visit in North Dakota.

Historic Sites and Forts

Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site, Bismarck
Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, Abercrombie
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Williston
Whitestone Hill State Historic Site, Kulm


North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum, Bismarck
Pembina State Museum, Pembina
McKenzie County Heritage Park & North Dakota Oil Museum, Watford City
Plains Art Museum, Fargo


Keelboat Park and Steamboat Park, Bismarck
Scandinavian Heritage Park, Minot
The Greenway, Grand Forks

Uniquely North Dakota

10 Scenic Byways and Backways
Larger-Than-Life Outdoor Sculptures
Mystical Horizons, Bottineau
North Dakota State Capitol Tour, Bismarck
Painted Canyon Overlook Visitor Center, Medora

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Wildlife Viewing
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge
7745 11th St. SE,
Pingree, ND 58476