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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top 10 Things to See and Do in North Dakota

North Dakota is a beautiful state to visit when planning a family vacation. It doesn't matter if it's summertime or full-blown winter...you can always find fun things to do and interesting things to see when you visit the "Peace Garden State."

You will find beautiful parks where you can enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and water sports. You can visit historical sites and learn about the important role that North Dakota has played in our country's history. Museums and zoos are a great way to enjoy everything that this state has to offer year-round.

Here are our Top 10 National & State Parks, Museums and Zoos to visit in the great state of North Dakota. You can learn more about each of these places by visiting North Dakota Tourism.

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park - This beautiful park offers scenic views & drives, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and various educational programs & festivals are offered throughout the year.

2. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park - This park is owned & operated by the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and was once an important infantry and cavalry post. The park has camping nearby along with picnic areas.

3. National Buffalo Museum - This museum was established to raise awareness of the cultural importance of the American Bison. They maintain a live bison herd on site, operate a gift shop and offer educational programs throughout the year.

4. Fort Stevenson State Park - This state park sits on the north shore of the gigantic Lake Sakakawea...one of the biggest lakes in the entire state. The park offers camping, hiking, fishing, boating and picnic areas to visiting guests.

5. Prairie Village Museum - This museum will give you a "live" look into what prairie life used to be. There are 20 historic buildings and 6 exhibit halls on-site. This is a great educational family-friendly activity that is affordable too.

6. Dakota Dinosaur Museum - If you and the kids love prehistoric dinosaurs the Dakota Dinosaur Museum is the place to go! Inside you will find 11 life-size dinosaur skeletons. This activity is family-friendly, affordable and a great one to enjoy on those rainy days of the year.

7. North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame - The "Hall of Fame" is much like a cowboy museum. You can learn all about different cowboys past & present while visiting their cultural exhibits. Gift shop and various events are held on-site.

8. Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge - For those who love watching native wildlife in their natural habitat...this wildlife refuge is for you! You can view waterfowl, shore birds and deer. Various educational programs are held throughout the year.

9. The Dakota Zoo - This is one of the prettiest and busiest zoos in the area and a must-see when visiting. The zoo is open daily (weather permitting) and host educational programs throughout the year.

10. North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum - The heritage center is a must-see and must-do if you want to really learn about North Dakota's history and dinosaurs!

As you can see...this top 10 list is just the tip of the iceberg of what North Dakota has to offer. You can find thousands of different things to see and do while visiting any time of the year.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by North Dakota Tourism. All images used in this post are courtesy of North Dakota Tourism.


3 comments:

Darlene Demell said...

Very nice photos and that tiger is beautiful. :)

John Derinzy said...

You forgot Lake Sakajawea. Stunning shorelines and happens to be the largest man made lake in America. Also the Turtle Mountains in the North.

jopb said...

I would love to travel to North Dakota and see all the beautiful parks and lakes. I always enjoy going to museums and learning more about past cultures.