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
McQuade Softball Tournament - (June 27, 28, & 39, 2014)
Challenge your team to, or watch one of the 475+ teams compete in the largest non-profit one weekend slowpitch softball tournament. This event brings together players, families, and fans from all over the country. Over the years the tournament has become one of Bismarck’s – if not North Dakota’s largest events.
Mandan Rodeo Days - (July 2, 3, & 4, 2014)
The Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration offers three action-packed professional rodeo performances annually on July 2-4 plus Art In the Park, concerts, dancing, baseball, and the biggest and best Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration in the Northern Plains! It's bucking broncs, big bulls and barrels of fun!
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. There’s also Fair Favorites like the state's largest carnival, agricultural expositions, government and commercial exhibitions, and tons of food, shopping, and exhibits! This year’s musical lineup features to be announced.
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!