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.

Throughout the year, there are various events and festivals that are free to attend. From music concerts and art fairs to cultural celebrations and community events. North Dakota is also home to diverse wildlife, and many areas offer free opportunities for wildlife viewing. Whether bird watching at a wildlife refuge or spotting a dear while hiking, there are plenty of chances to see animals in their natural habitats.

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

Historic Sites and Forts

Many historical sites and landmarks in North Dakota are free to visit, providing insight into the state's rich history and heritage. Explore historic forts, pioneer villages, and archaeological sites to learn about the region's past.

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


Several museums and visitor centers in North Dakota offer free admission, allowing visitors to learn about the state's culture, art, and history. From art galleries to cultural exhibits, there are options to suit every interest.

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
Pioneer Village Museum, Minot


Spend a day at a local park or recreation area, where you can picnic, play sports, or simply relax and enjoy the outdoors. Many parks offer amenities such as playgrounds, walking trails, and scenic picnic areas.

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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