Bismarck Things to Do

  • Matah Trail through cottonwoods
    Matah Trail through cottonwoods
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    See the Missouri in the free flowing state

    by fred98115 Written Feb 11, 2014
    Matah Trail through cottonwoods
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    While visiting Bismarck, be sure to leave town and explore the highlights of the region. We found Cross Ranch State Park to be worthy of a day trip. We were following the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Cross Ranch offers an opportunity to see the river as they did. The Matah trail goes through cottonwoods next to the river offering views of a freely flowing section without development. Photographers: you will not need special gear. Digital camera with a zoom lens and capability of bracketing works well.

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    Scenic Drive Along ND 1806

    by HasTowelWillTravel Written Jul 21, 2013
    The Badlands of North Dakota

    Eventually, you'll tire of being in the city of Bismarck, and it's a good time to get out and see the countryside. The prairie and the badland formations are in a constant combination all around the city, and this rolling 100+ mile drive is a good few hours to see it. The trip starts at 6th Avenue in Mandan, just west of Bismarck, also known as ND1806. Head south, soon you'll be out of town, and whisking away down the rolling prairie, near the Missouri river. The landscape is full of hay fields, cow pastures, beautiful areas.

    As you turn onto ND 6 (at the T-intersection, turn right), you move through more fields, but in the middle you encounter the badlands, these bleak areas of weathered rock formations. They come right out of the prairie, and are as pretty as they are unworldly. Keep following ND6 until you make it back to Mandan, and enjoy your time out there. It's quiet, peaceful, and with the sun shining, a beautiful ride.*

    Distance: 132 miles
    Time: 2-3 hours
    For more details, see topographic map and details at Everytrail.com

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  • SINKs and DINKs

    by Shesacleverone Written Jan 10, 2013

    If you live in Bismarck, there is a great group that just started up there called the SINKs and DINKs. They've got activities planned all the time and do everything. You can find their website if you do a search for their name.

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    Bar Scene

    by KilroyGIJoe Written Jul 11, 2007

    If you want a good time and dance to some good music each and every Friday and Saturday night in Bismarck, check out the VFW Club at 14th Street and Broadway. You won't be disappointed! See http://vfwmusic.blogspot.com to find out what is happening this month!

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    Spend an afternoon at the Dakota Zoo

    by North_by_Northwest Updated Aug 6, 2006
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    Surprisingly good, the Dakota Zoo offers many exhibits of animals native to the prairie, but also has a good variety of other creatures. The monkey house at the zoo is a particular favorite of mine. There is also a longer "wilderness walk" (a mile or so?) that showcases the larger animals. The day I went was VERY hot, so I may have been better off taking the "train"-type observation vehicle that also follows the trail.

    On a more irritating note, I brought a bag lunch into the zoo, expecting to enjoy my brie and baguette on the grass under a tree. After finding the perfect spot, I was embarrassingly shooed away by a zoo employee in a golf cart. He suggested that I go to the picnic area, which I was ultimately unable to locate. When I asked him if I was bothering anyone or breaking any rules, he replied that the children at the park might follow my lead and sit on the grass. Horrors! As there were no rules posted against grass-sitting, I'm still not quite sure what the problem was. Sad how one bad interaction seemed to wreck the whole experience.

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    Dakota Zoo

    by my2kids Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Dakota Zoo - Bismarck

    Members of this zoo for many years the kids never tire of stopping off here on our trips home to visit the grandparents.

    A very nice zoo with many, many animals. Lots to see and do.

    Take a 20 minute tour ride on one of two zoo trains and see the sights and sounds the easy way.

    Pop on into the gift shop - or get some ice cream at the parlor, or snacks at the concessions stand.

    There is a playground inside the zoo too -

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    State Capitol building

    by Pierre_Rouss Written Jan 17, 2005

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    Capitol building

    Based on who you talked, it might be the ugliest state capitol building... or it might be the most progressive building for its time.

    The building was built in 1931, it had lots of things in it that are now standard now, but were quite progressive back then. It is still the tallest building in the state.

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    If you are interested in the...

    by charlize Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you are interested in the history of North Dakota. The Heritage Center, beside the capital, is a great place to go! Very interesting and enjoyable.
    It is very informative and neat. It is not all about reading...there is a buffalo, TeePee, and many more displays that make touring much for fun. Also for the kids, there is a section just for children and information on how and what they played with in those days.

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    North Dakota Heritage Center

    by frankcanfly Written May 9, 2006

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    More than just a museum of recent state political history, this place gives good information on North Dakota's Paleantological past.

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    Candy Cane Lane

    by HAWLEYJ Written Jan 3, 2003

    Only around Christmas- Candy Cane Lane is a street that is completely decked out with Christmas lights. It is beautiful, and because my brother just got married, we got to see it from a limo!

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