Things to do in North Dakota with kids

Follow in the footsteps of Sitting Bull, Custer and Lewis & Clark and create your own adventure in this incredible state. A true frontier, with a strong Native American culture, history, dinosaurs, roaming bison and rugged landscapes - and plenty of great places to visit with kids!

Take the kids back to a land where the dinosaurs roamed the earth, at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum.  Come face to face with the Great Plains bison at the National Buffalo Museum (or with live ones at Frontier Village!).  Enjoy the incredible wilderness when fishing at Indian Hills Resort, or explore one of the states best recreational parks with Lewis and Clark State Park.

Fancy a real dude ranch? Of course you do! Logging Camp Dude Ranch is a family run ranch with horses and wildlife. Perhaps you want to step back to the 1830s on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat?

What would a visit to a true frontier be without an incredible wagon experience with Fort Seward Covered Wagon Train - complete with campfire and horses!

Kids will just love getting lost in the outdoors adventures, historical sites and wild west atmosphere of this beautiful state. Saddle up kids - it’s North Dakota time!

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  • Raging Rivers WaterPark

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    Manden

    Waterpark fun in North Dakota with slides, tubes, and even mini golf!

  • Splashers of the South Seas

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    Grand Forks

    A super fun 40,000 square foot INDOOR waterpark with a variety of slides, activity pools, a lazy river, an adult hot tub and the kiddies' play area pool!

  • The Dakota Zoo

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    Bismarck

    90 acres of amazing zoo in Bismarck, with over 600 animals representing 125 species. North Dakota family fun...with some furry friends!

  • Red River Zoo

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    Fargo

    When you visit the Zoo you will see many animals that are rarely seen at other zoos such as Tanuki, East Caucasian Tur, White-lipped Deer and Pallas Cats. Of course, we also include many other more ...

  • Chahinkapa Zoo

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    Wahpeton

    Chahinkapa Zoo is committed to providing clean and green natural habitats for its animal residents and aesthetic and educational leisure for its zoo visitors. Over 200 animals and birds of 60 ...

  • Roosevelt Park Zoo

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    Minot

    - home to more than 200 mammals, birds, and reptiles from around the world. The children's zoo, otter exhibit, giraffe and African penguins are a hit with visitors of all ages. One of the many fun ...

  • Fort Seward Covered Wagon Train

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    Jamestown

    Annual covered wagon train adventure for the whole family! With history talks, saddle horses, camping, and nature lore. Great, traditional North Dakota family fun!

  • Thunder Road

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    Fargo

    - has go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, and arcades. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Dakota

  • Sherlock Forest Playground

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    East Grand Forks

    Many people have volunteered to help build this wonderful playground. Some of the people have their names on some of the wood that you can find around different parts of the playground.

  • Taube Museum of Art

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    Minot

    The Minot Art Gallery moved to the Taube Museum of Art in August of 1997. It has exhibits all year round with the Student Art Show an important event. The Taube Museum of Art offers children and ...

  • Gateway To Science Center

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    Bismarck

    Visit the only hands-on science center in North Dakota with great exhibits that teaches kids science through interactive fun!

  • Childrens Museum at Yunker Farm

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    Fargo

    The Children's Museum was created as a special place for children and families. The more than 50 hands-on exhibits are designed to engage, educate, stimulate creativity, and encourage interaction ...

  • North Dakota Museum Of Art

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    Grand Forks

    The North Dakota Museum of Art strives to bring the best in regional, national and international art to the people of the Great Plains. In a little-known geographic region of the world, we have ...

  • The Roger Marris Museum

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    South Fargo

    When approached with the idea of creating a museum in his honor, New York Yankee outfielder Roger Maris, who hailed from Fargo, initially declined out of humility. Eventually, though, he would say, ...

  • Pioneer Trails National Museum

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    Bowman

    The museum is a regional research and repository for history from within 100 miles of Bowman, ND. We have departments active in Archaeological, Genealogical and Paleontological research as well as ...

  • Fargo Air Museum

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    Fargo

    Come and visit the Fargo Air Museum and see these beautiful Aircraft on display. We have the aircraft. Help us build a home to share them with you.

  • Dakota Territory Air Museum

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    Minot

    shows the story of aviation history. In addition to a replica of the Wright Flyer, the museum displays military and civilian aircraft from 1928 to the present. There are exhibits, narratives, ...

  • Stutsman County Memorial Museum

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    Jamestown

    A historic day out in the Lutz Mansion, built in 1907 by a lumber man. A great way for kids to learn about the pioneer days in North Dakota!

  • National Buffalo Museum

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    Jamestown

    The National Buffalo Museum is not just a museum, but also has live buffalo for kids to enjoy, including the only one in the world with white ones! the only one in the world to have three white ...

  • Frostfire Mountain

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    Walhalla

    Easy to get here... hard to leave. Geologist classify our area as being originally a part of the ocean changed by massive interval upheavals and covered with ice a mile thick. It then was flooded ...

  • Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge

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    Kenmare

    Des Lacs NWR encompasses more than 19,500 acres along the Des Lacs River from the Canadian border to a point eight miles south of Kenmare, North Dakota. A mix of natural lakes and managed wetlands in ...

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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    Medora

    Become a Junior Ranger and member of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Badlands Club. If you are between the ages of 2and 16, and come to the park, ask for a Junior Ranger Journal. Complete the ...

  • Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge

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    Kenmare

    Des Lacs NWR encompasses more than 19,500 acres along the Des Lacs River from the Canadian border to a point eight miles south of Kenmare, North Dakota. A mix of natural lakes and managed wetlands in ...

  • Turtle River State Park

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    Arvilla

    Situated on the meandering Turtle River, Turtle River State Park is located in a beautiful wooded valley. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park offers year-round ...

  • Beaver Lake State Park

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    Wishek

    Located on the west shore of Beaver Lake, the park\'s gently rolling prairie provides scenic views for leisurely walks. In the summer, the lake attracts visitors for boating, canoeing, water skiing ...

  • Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area

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    Devils Lake

    This boat access area has two single-lane boat ramps, vault toilet and a large parking area for boat trailers. No overnight camping is permitted.

  • Cross Ranch State Park

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    Center

    Located along seven miles of the last free-flowing, undeveloped stretches of the Missouri River, North Dakotas Cross Ranch Centennial State Park is rich in both cultural and natural history. The ...

  • Crow Flies High Scenic Overlook

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    Epping

    This scenic overlook just west of New Town provides views of Four Bears Bridge and Lake Sakakawea. During period of low water, glimpses can be seen of the town of Sanish, now covered by Lake ...

  • Doyle Memorial Recreation Area

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    Wishek

    Located on Green Lake, Doyle Memorial is leased by the city of Wishek. The area is popular for camping, fishing and boating. This small prairie park, established in 1925, occupies a peninsula ...

  • Fort Ransom State Park

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    Ft Ransom

    North Dakotas homesteading heritage is preserved at Fort Ransom State Park. The park, nestled in the picturesque and heavily-wooded Sheyenne River Valley, officially opened in July 1979. This park ...

  • Grahams Island State Park

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    Devils Lake

    Devils LakeNorth Dakotas largest natural lakeis home to a 1,142-acre park system including Grahams Island State Park and a boat access area on the east side of the lake, named Black Tiger Bay State ...

  • Icelandic State Park

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    Cavalier

    Located on the north shore of Lake Renwick, Icelandic State Park offers visitors not only a wide array of recreational opportunities, but also glimpses of North Dakotas homesteading heritage and its ...

  • Lake Metigoshe State Park

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    Bottineau

    Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe, Lake Metigoshe State Park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and is one of the most ...

  • Lake Sakakawea State Park

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    Riverdale

    Located on the south shore of Lake Sakakawea, adjacent to Garrison Dam, Lake Sakakawea State Park offers a wide range of water based recreational activities and facilities. The park has a full ...

  • Lewis and Clark State Park

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    Epping

    The beauty of North Dakota is waiting at the Lewis & Clark State Park, with amazing fishing, refreshing swimming, hiking and winter activities.