10 Things to do in Bismarck North Dakota

If our previous article 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bismarck has tempted you to come here, or to move here, then here are just some of the things to do in Bismarck.

1 Wealth of History

History lovers are well catered for her with plenty of things to do in Bismarck.

The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum provides a fantastic insight into how North Dakota became the place it is today. From a T-Rex skeleton to a Mars space suit, there’s plenty for everyone to see and do here.

The State Capitol Building and Former Governor’s Mansion  are well worth a visit too.

Buckstop Junction is a recreation of a late 1800s town designed and built by the Missouri Valley Historical Society, and includes genuine period buildings moved to the site. With buildings covering shop, church and school, and much more to see, it really is worth a visit.

2 Military enthusiasts

The Camp Hancock State Historic Site is a preserved 1872 military installation, formerly known as Camp Greely, built to protect garrison troops building the Northern Pacific Railway.

There’s plenty to see, from an old locomotive, to the oldest church in Bismarck.

3 Families

There’s plenty for families to do all year round.

Why not visit Dakota Zoo and explore the 90 acres and meet some of the 600 animals for yourself? You could even adopt one too.

The Gateway to Science is an interactive learning center for all ages, and might even encourage you or your children to get think about a career in science. From robots to a human brain, you’ll find plenty to see and do here.

The SuperSlide Amusement Park has been going since 1967, and over the last 50 years has proved popular with families thanks to its variety of slides, games and other entertainment.  There are stunning views from the top of the Ferris wheel, so you’ll definitely want to add this to your itinerary.

4 Sport and Leisure

If you enjoy sports and leisure, then you’ll find plenty of things to do in Bismarck.

The Bismarck Parks and Recreation District is packed with outdoor things to do in Bismarck, from fitness classes to tennis and outdoor swimming, as well as ice skating and cross country skiing. If you’re sport

Golfers will want to try the impressive and challenging Hawktree Golf Club which boasts impressive scenery, links-design, and water play at 11 holes.  The Riverwood Golf Course is a championship course measuring 7,004 yards, and makes for a rewarding round of golf, thanks to its bunkers and tree-lined fairways

Both Hawktree and Riverwood were voted one of the best golf courses to play in 2017 by Golf Week Magazine.

5 Arts Lovers

Arts lovers will be in their element here. With three impressive galleries and centres to visit and lots to do, there’s something for everyone whether you prefer fine art or modern art.

The Art Gallerie on Main showcases work by award-winning artists as well as other local and regional artists.

Set up in 2011, the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative (BDAC) is an art gallery and living space for artists. Designed to increase interest in art in the area, BDAC hosts events, features work from other galleries, and enables artists to showcase their work.

The Bismarck Art and Galleries Association Visual Art Center (BAGA) has been promoting studying and preserving visual arts since the 1940s. With exhibitions, classes and other events all year round, there’s plenty to see and do here.

6 Music Lovers

Classical music lovers will enjoy listening to the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra which has been going for over 30 years and consists of local and regional musicians.

For those that like their live music more contemporary and a little louder, there’s Rock Point, the Laughing Sun Brewery Co, the Broken Oar, and the Lonesome Dove in Mandan, and many more to explore.

North Dakota is famous for Peggy Lee, Johnny Lang, and Bobby Vee, as well as others so there is a rich history of great music here.

7 Food Lovers

Food Lovers are spoilt, thanks to the many fantastic restaurants here.

The historic Peacock Alley Restaurant is well worth a visit for the incredible interior, and the fact that it first opened in 1933, making it the oldest in North Dakota.

For those that like something more fun that formal, a meal at the unmissable Space Aliens Grill and Bar is essential. As it sounds, there is plenty to interest those who are, and even those who aren’t, interest in sci-fi.

8 Boating enthusiasts

For those who prefer life on water to life on land, or just to get away from it all, then this is one of the best things to do in Bismarck.

The Lewis and Clark Riverboat is a daily seasonal cruise down the Missouri, on a comfortable boat, with room for 150 passengers. It can even be charted for private parties and other events.

9 Shoppers

Despite the focus on arts, the great outdoors and history, shoppers in Bismarck haven’t been forgotten. The Kirkwood Mall was built in 1970 and previously known as the Kirwood Plaza.

It is the second largest mall in the state, after West Acres in Fargo, and offers almost 100 shop, as well as several restaurants.

10 Great Outdoors

There are many parks and outdoor recreation areas here, and so there’s always plenty of things to do in Bismarck.

The McDowell Dam Nature Park is a man-made lake designed solely for recreation.  Only 5 miles outside Bismarck, it is extremely popular in the summer, and has a sandy beach, boats and picnic shelters.  Add in trails for walking and running round the lake, and it’s easy to see why it attracts so many visitors.

The Keelboat Park Bismarck offers plenty of trails for walking and hiking, and explains lots about the riverboat and keelboat history of the region.

The General Sibley Park & Eagles Park is another popular recreation spot, and has a campground too. Established in 167, it covers 138 acres and was named after General Henry Sibley.

With modern facilities, space for RVs and tents, and even a boat ramp, it’s a good place to stay if you’ve got your own accommodation.


Now you’ve discovered some of the things to do in Bismarck, perhaps you’re tempted to come here.

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