Fun Things to do in North Dakota

North Dakota is bordered by Canada in the north, Minnesota in the east, South Dakota in the south and Montana in the west.

If you are traveling to North Dakota for the first time, the state is home to many historic sites such as Fort Totten State and Double Ditch Historical sites where you can soak up some history and learn about North Dakota early settlers.

One of the top attractions and most popular fun things to do in North Dakota is to visit the renowned pioneer village at Bonanzaville USA, which is one of the top things to do in Fargo.

Fun Things to do in North Dakota: Outdoor Activities

Visiting a state park or a wildlife refuge is a great way to get in touch with nature and see many protected species of North Dakota wildlife.

One of the most popular wildlife refuges is Chase Lake National Wildlife. Apart from being a breeding ground for native species of birds such as white pelicans, the refuge is a great place for hiking and bird-spotting.

To explore the stunning natural scenery, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of the best places to head as it is located in the breathtaking badlands region. In fact, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is along with the Grand Canyon in Arizona two of the most renowned tourist destinations in the USA.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place where you can enjoy fun family outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, water sports, and wildlife spotting.

If you are looking to enjoy boating and fishing, another popular place in North Dakota is Lake Sakakawea State Park. The state park, located on the south shore of Lake Sakakawea, is home to a full service marina that offers boat rentals and fishing guide services.

Fun Things to do in North Dakota: Ghost Towns

Exploring the state’s many ghost towns is one of the most poplar fun things to do in North Dakota.

Ghost towns in North Dakota are spread all over the state. Between the Red River Valley and the Badlands region, there are literary hundreds of ghost town sites, which you can explore.

For instance, there are a few ghost towns nearby the city of Fargo such as Arena town, which is a small empty town, where you can see a ghostly school and a white church.

Fun Things to do in North Dakota: Places of Interest

Fort Buford State Historic Site

Fort Buford State Historic Site, located near Williston, is a former military post built in the 19th century. The site is also home to the ‘Life by the Bugle’ permanent exhibit which explores the life of a frontier military officer at Fort Buford and also examines the role of women at an army post.

National Buffalo Museum

The National Buffalo Museum, located in Jamestown, is another popular attraction as it is home to ‘white cloud’ the popular albino buffalo.

The Enchanted Highway

The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch highway between Regent and Gladstone. Taking a scenic drive along this highway is one of the most popular fun things to do in North Dakota, as the 32-mile stretch is home to giant metal sculptures.

Mandan Indian Village

The Mandan Indian Village, located in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, is another popular attraction in North Dakota as it recreates the village of the real Mandan Indian tribe.

Fun Things to do in North Dakota: Festivals & Events

Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration

The Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration, held in July in Downtown Mandan and Dakota Centennial Park City, is one of the most popular fun things to do in North Dakota during the summer. At the event you can see professional rodeo performances.

Fargo Blues Festival

The Fargo Blues Festival, held also in July, is a 2-day event where you can see world-class bands and enjoy great food and brews.

Fargo Film Festival

If you are a filmmaker or love making movies, the Fargo Film Festival offers a great opportunity for up and coming talent. At the film festival you can have your work reviewed and judged to enter the competition in North Dakota’s premier film festival.

The Scandinavian Festival

The Scandinavian Festival, held in Minot in late September, is the largest Scandinavian festival in North America where you can soak the heritage, traditions and food of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland.

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