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Located just north of the Minot International Airport on Highway 83 you will find the Dakota Territory Air Museum.
The museum was founded in 1986 with the dream to provide the most comprehensive aviation facility in the state and the region. Here you will find a variety of Military and Civilian Aircraft, numerous aviation photographs, and a large collection of aviation literature and periodicals.
You will also find a large collection of memorabilia relating to this region's military aviation service and history.
Written Apr 17, 2005
Address: 100 34th Ave. NE
One of North Dakota's best kept secrets - the zoo in Minot is a must stop and see spot.
You can see many types of animals; bears, giraffes, camels, penguins, monkeys, and many many more.
Don't miss stopping if your in Minot - the kids will LOVE it.
May: 10am - 6pm
June, July, August: 10am - 8pm
September: 10am - 5pm
$5.00, ages 13 & up; $2.50, ages 5-12; Free, ages 4 & under
Written Apr 16, 2005
Address: 1219 Burdick Expressway East
Phone: (701) 857-4166
This is hands down the best restaurant in Minot. Which isn't saying much since Applebee's was probably the best place before 10 North Main opened in January 2005. Co-owned by a local son who is now a Hollywood actor, 10 North Main brings a chic and trendy dining atmosphere to a sleepy midwest town. Only time will tell if the locals will support it enough to keep it open more than a year.
The night I went (a Wednesday) it was about half full but there was an excited buzz in the place. Nice minimalist decor in an old downtown building, the atmosphere is nothing like any other restaurant in town. And the food was great! Decent wine list and tasty desserts. The wait staff were professional without being snooty. Basically if you're in town, 10 North Main is not to be missed.
Favorite Dish: Calamari appetizer (lightly floured and not overcooked...which doesn't happen often), Elk (i.e., not beef) New York Strip, walleye, blueberry bread pudding, peanut butter chocolate torte
Updated Mar 13, 2008
Address: 10 North Main Street
The Pita Pit is a chain of fast food restaurants and one just opened up in Minot. In fact we went the day it happened to open (July 6, 2005). All of their offerings are pretty healthy from the meats (chicken, souvlaki, gyros, etc.) to the veggie options (hummus, falafel, babaganoush, feta, etc.). Your choice is put into a pita bread along with your choice of additions (sprouts, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, etc.) and sauce.(get the tzatziki, a mild cucumber sauce).
The Pita Pit is a great alternative to the same old fast food.
Favorite Dish: Gyro pita with lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and tzatziki.
Written Jul 7, 2005
Address: 1500 S. Broadway
China Star has the ubiquitous buffet with a large variety of dishes sitting on warming trays. Lots of variety but not a lot of great food. However they also offer a Mongolian BBQ where you pick your ingredients from a buffet of chopped veggies and meats and seafood. Then you put in a blend of whatever sauces you fancy including soy sauce, sesame oil. Mongolian sauce, house special sause, chili paste, chopped ginger and garlic, cooking wine, etc. Then you hand your ingredients bowl to the chef who pours it all onto a large heated flat circular stone. Using long wooden sticks, he will cook your concoction to perfection and within 2-3 minutes you'll have a freshly cooked meal! If you're not sure about the sauce combination, the cook will help you and believe me he knows what he's doing. The result is a nice, freshly cooked, healthy dish.
The kicker is that the BBQ and the buffet together are a paltry $8.88. And it's all you can eat!
Favorite Dish: Mongolian BBQ (I had a pork dish and a shrimp/squid dish....yummy!)
Updated Jul 5, 2005
Address: 1631 S. Broadway
This reconstruction of the original fort is where the Lewis & Clark expedition spent the winter of 1804-05 as the guests of the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians. Being a military expedition, the party decided to build a fort to house the group and to settle in for the winter. The reconstruction is based on entries and sketches in journals kept by party members. The rooms are redone as they may have been when the expedition was staying there with replica artifacts of the early 19th century.
The reconstruction is built a few miles away from the original site which is now under the waters of the Missouri River which has shifted over time. Docents are on-site to provide a glimpse into the lives of the expedition members during their stay and can also answer questions about their relationship with the local Native Americans and of course Sakakawea (aka Sacagewea).
Only 2 or so miles from the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at the intersection of U.S. 83 and State Highway 200A, it's a must-see attraction in this part of the state.
Updated Jul 6, 2005
A lovely 70-mile drive south of Minot on U.S. 83 just outside the town of Washburn, the center is housed in a beautiful natural wood building. In front is a spectacular metal sculpture of Lewis & Clark meeting with a Mandan chief. Inside the center has many historical displays mainly about Lewis & Clark's time in the area which included a winter stay during 1804-05 at nearby Fort Mandan which has been reconstructed a few miles from the original site. The reconstructed fort is approximately 2 miles north of the center. There are great views of the Missouri River valley from the observation deck in the back of the center.
Also inside the center are a small gift shop and art galleries. The center is run by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation and admission is $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for students and includes admission to Fort Mandan. Definitely worth the drive from Minot!
Updated Jul 6, 2005
Located just outside of the town of Stanton, about an hour and 20 minutes south of Minot, this unit of the National Park Service features exhibits and the remains of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people who lived along the banks of the Knife River and were around when Lewis and Clark paid a visit in 1804. In fact the legendary Sakakawea, the Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their trek to the Pacific, was from one of these villages.
The remains are nothing more than mounds on the plain approaching the banks of the Knife River, the site features a visitor's center with interpretive displays and a nice info film, plus a reconstructed earthlodge, the structures the Hidatsa and Mandan built to live in. Try to catch a ranger talk on the earthlodge...very interesting.
Plus it's definitely worth the drive through pretty country side which will be alive with the yellow of blooming canola and grey-blue of blooming flax if you come in late June/early July. And you can get a much coveted NPS passport stamp!
Take U.S. 83 south from Minot and then a right at State Highway 200A and watch for the signs to the historic site.
Written Jul 6, 2005
The Roosevelt Park located by the Roosevelt Zoo area is Minot's largest Park and is filled with an array of beautiful flowers and plants.
You can enjoy a leisurely walk along the paths leading you through the park, take a ride on the Magic City Express.
The Magic City Express is a 2/5 scale of a Great Northern F-8 locomotive.
Written Apr 17, 2005
Favorite thing: These are really fun and spark interest in the National Park Service system. The brainchild of a marketing genius, the purchaser can get a stamp from each of the NPS sites he or she visits. The collection of these stamps, similar to postal cancellation postmarks (which include the name of the park and the date visited) become fun to collect. It's a great way to get the kids (of all ages!) excited about going to different parks, monuments, seashores, etc. that are operated by the NPS.
The passport itself is reasonably priced and the stamps are, of course, free. Each NPS facility has a stamp available at the visitor's center. If you don't see it just ask the ranger on duty. Some (e.g., Mt. Rushmore, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse) have special stamps with a depiction of the area/monument. Great fun!
You can obtain an NPS passport at any park Visitor's Center or online at the National Park Service Store.
Around Minot you can get a stamp at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, about an hour's drive south of town.
Updated Dec 3, 2006