Local Area Attractions
Lewis & Clark Riverboat
Cruise the Majestic Missouri River on the Lewis &,Clark Riverboat, a 150 passenger vessel located at the Historic Port of Bismarck. Daily cruises include Afternoon, Evening, and Sunset times. Signature cruises are also available featuring Pizza, Barbecue, and Family Picnics.
On June 3, 1961, the Dakota Zoo opened its gates to the public with 75 mammals and 23 birds on some 15 acres of developed land. Forty thousand visitors paid a ten cent admission fee that first year to visit the zoo. Today, an average of over 100,000 people walk through the gates each year and view 125 species of birds, reptiles, insects and mammals. Check out all the wild and exciting adventures!
Garrison Dam & Lake Sakakawea
One of six dams on the Missouri River, Garrison Dam was responsible for the creation of Lake Sakakawea. Lake Sakakawea is the third largest man-made lake in the United States. The dam is 210 feet high and two-and-a-half miles long. Its embankment consists of 66.5 million yards of rolled earth fill. Free guided public tours are held daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Lake Sakakawea provides many recreational opportunities for North Dakota residents and tourists.
Local Area Activities
Raging Rivers Waterpark and SpeedWorld Golf & Games is a family entertainment complex open Memorial Day through Labor Day, offering a full day of family fun featuring five major attractions...a water park, sprint car & grand prix go-cart tracks, mini-golf, lazer tag and video arcade, all located in a safe and friendly atmosphere
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
State Fair - (July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2014)
The North Dakota State Fair continues to be our state's largest annual event with more than 300,000 people in attendance over nine days! We feature five nights of big name country artists two nights of rock concerts and two nights of auto events. Not to mention two nights of action-packed NPRA Bull Riding and Ranch Rodeo. Theres also Fair Favorites like the state's largest carnival, agricultural expositions, government and commercial exhibitions, and tons of food, shopping, and exhibits! This years musical lineup features Lady Antebellum, John Mellencamp, Charlie Daniels Band, Randy Houser, Florida Georgia Line, Three Days Grace, and Brad Paisley!
United Tribes Int'l Pow-Wow - (Sept. 4, 5, 6, & 7, 2014)
The United Tribes International Powwow is held annually in the Lone Star Arena at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. It has become one of the premier cultural events of North Dakota, receiving numerous awards over the years. The event represents over 70 tribes, featuring over 1,500 dancers and drummers, and drawing over 20,000 spectators. The event also includes the Miss Indian Nations Pageant, Parade of Champions, United Tribes softball and golf tournaments!
Street Fair - (Sept. 12 & 13, 2014)
Each Fall, the Downtowners produce an Arts, Craft, and Food show called Street Fair. This event was created by the Downtowners in 1973 as "Customer Appreciation Days" then grew into a full blown Street Fair. Street Fair is now in its 41st year. The 2 day Street Fair averages between 30,000-35,000 patrons. There are approximately 180 vendors. Street Fair is spread over 7 city blocks in Downtown Bismarck. See you there!
Folkfest - (Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4, 2014)
Norsk Hostfest is North Americas largest Scandinavian Festival. Tens of thousands of people attend the event annually to celebrate and partake in the Scandinavian culture and entertainment. Over 200 internationally recognized artisans, craftsmen and chefs participate. The experience is an eclectic array of contemporary and traditional. The cuisine as well as the clothes, art and jewelry are authentic, fine quality and exquisitely Nordic. In addition to the ongoing, all-day entertainment, you can also enjoy professional quality musical shows. Scheduled to appear in The Great Hall of the Vikings over five nights and four days are Doc Severinsen with the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Daniel O'Donnell, Gaither Vocal Band, comedian Bill Engvall, country legend Merle Haggard, Josh Turner with special guest Danielle Bradbery, singer BJ Thomas, 60s pop band Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, and country music artist Jennifer Nettles!