I took my kids to the Minot Roosevelt Park Zoo to see the animals. They loved it. There were little stands where you could put your money in and get a handful of food and feed the animals. There was another place where you could buy a bag of bread and feed the ducks. I loved watching all the kids running after the ducks trying to feed them the bread.
Other than that I loved the Brown Bear, one of my favorite animals.
The zoo had clean pathways and it was easy to walk around even with the crowds of people.
Adults – $7
Military Adults - $6.50
Children (Ages 4-12) – $3.75
Seniors (Ages 55 and older) – $6.50
Children 3 & under – Free
Medora is one of my favorite places in all of North Dakota. I really enjoyed my visit here! Medora is right by the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (the best of the three units), had the very interesting des Mores State Historic Site in town, the Medora Musical and lots of nice scenery. If you cannot find anything to interest you here you should probably stick to places like New York City (not that there is anyting wrong with NYC).
Medora was founded in 1883, by French, Spanish and Italian nobleman Marquis des Mores. The town was named for his beloved (by pretty much everyone) wife Medora von Hoffman. The town only has 112 residents but seemed bigger. had a great conversation with the man at the welcome center and loved the Chateau des Mores and the national park. Definitely a place I would happily return to.
Watford City is a town of just over 1700 located in Western North Dakota not too far from the Montana border. Watford City was founded in 1914 and is the county seat for McKenzie County; but I did not seek out the courthouse as I was rushing to get to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I really want to explore this town further. It did have a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest.
There is also lots of beautiful scenery nearby along with Theodore Roosevelt Memorial National Park.
Portland is a small town with about 600 residents located in East Central North Dakota. The town was founded in 1882 and has a small but nice historic district with a few buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. Portland also has a nice Veterans Memorial.
Lisbon is the county seat of Ransom County and has a population of slightly over 2000. Lisbon and Ransom County are in the southeast corner of the state. Lisbon was founded in 1880 by Joesph L. Colton, who named the new city after Lisbon, New York, his wife's hometown.
Lisbon has a nice little historic district that has several buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. A few are on the National Register of Historic Places. Lisbon also has a few nice murals.
Larimore is a small town with about 1300 residents and falling. It is located in East Central North Dakota just down US Highway 2 from Grand Forks. The most interesting thing in town to me was the Larimore Museum, which houses displays on music, the military in the area, along with rooms redone in a nostalgic/historic manner.
On the museum grounds they planted this tree as a memorial to those who died on September 11th.
Also on the grounds was this memorial to area firefighters.
Killdeer is a fairly small town of about 750 located in West Central North Dakota. The town was established in 1914 at the end of a branch of the North Pacific Rail Line. The town catered to area ranchers and has a nice historic district with a few buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. I especially liked the wooden building housing the saloon/dancehall.
Killdeer Mountain State Historic Site: Killdeer Mountain, called "Tachkawute" by the Sioux (Nakota Dialect), is the site of an attack by a military force under General Alfred Sully on several groups of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota (Sioux) tribes on 28 July 1864. Sully attacked the encampments, which included women and children, with cavalry and cannons. Many of the Sioux escaped across an opening in Killdeer Mountain called "Medicine Hole". Unfortunately, many of the tribe members attacked had not participated in earlier attacks and this action further embittered many of the Northern Plains Indian Tribes, and helped precipitate the Sioux Wars of the 1870s.
For more information see my Killdeer Page.
Kathryn is a very small town on the prairie that was settled in the 1870s but did not really prosper until the railroad came through in 1900 and the town installed a grain elevator. Population as of 2010 was only 52.
I heard a neat story from one of the locals. Something you would not otherwise ever know. The gap between the two buildings you see here used to be a bar. When the state started registering and licensing bars, this one in Kathryn was the first to be registered. Wish it was still there would have been neat to get a drink there.
Hatton is a fairly small town of 777 residents located in extreme eastern North Dakota. Hatton was founded in 1884.
The Hatton Carl Ben Eielson Museum is located in the childhood home of Polar Aviator Carl Ben Eielson. The museum is dedicated to Eieleson and his plane the "Alaskan" which is on display every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Fort Ranson is a tiny town with under 100 residents but an interesting history. There are lots of historical sites, to include Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Ransom State Historic Site, T. J. Walker State Historic Site, and Standing Rock State Historic Site, in and around the town. Definitely worth a stop.
See separate tips for these sites.
Forman is a nice small town, founded in 1883, with just over 500 residents located in Southeast North Dakota near the border with South Dakota. Forman is the county seat of Sargent County. The courthouse was designed by a Minnesota-based architectural firm, Buechner & Orth and was completed 1910. This is a very nice courthouse. The town is located on a little lake and is surrounded by several different National Wildlife Refuges. Forman has a nice little historic district with a few buildings of historical and/or architectural significance.
Several of the state historic sites in North Dakota are nothing more than that, a location with a sign and maybe a few gravestones. This, however is a state PARK. There is a lot more to do here. Start your tour at the Visitors Center which is located in the Bjone House the historic home of Nels Olson. The home was built in 1879. In addition the Sunne Homestead is located in the park, along with quite a few buildings depicting various aspects of life on the prairie in the late 1800s. Sometimes there are park personnel dressed in period costume to add to the atmosphere and to further educate visitors. Additional attractions include: Camping; picnicking; viewing wildlife; canoeing/kayaking; fishing; hiking; and horseback riding. If possible, try to visit during the second full weekend in July or the weekend after Labor Day for the special "Sodbuster Days".
Dickinson is a nice sized town of over 17,700 located on Interstate 94 in Southwest North Dakota near the borders with South Dakota and Montana. It is the county seat of Stark County, and was named for Wells Stoughton Dickinson a land agent and politician from Malone, NY. Dickinson is home to a world renowned museum complex which includes an art museum and the Dickinson Dinosaur Museum. The complex also has historic buildings from Dickinson and the surrounding area.
Casselton is a nice town of almost 2300 residents. It is located in southeast North Dakota, just off Interstate 94 and just west of Fargo. Casselton was named for a railroad executive, George Cass, who established a railroad stop here and spurred the founding of the town. Casselton has some friendly residents and boasts a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest.
Bowman is an interesting town of about 1700, founded in 1907. It is located in the Southwest corner of the state, near the borders with South Dakota and Montana. Bowman is the county seat of Bowman County. Bowman has an excellent museum, the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, and a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Fort Dilts State Historic Site is nearby too.
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2837 S 42nd Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 58201, United States
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