North Dakota’s capital, Bismarck, has plenty of family-friendly attractions. When it’s cold in Bismarck, warm yourself and your kids with these free things to do.
1. North Dakota State Capitol. The “Skyscraper on the Prairie” stands proudly in the heart of Bismarck. A monument to North Dakota’s development, the Capitol is a symbol of the hopes and aspirations of its citizens. Free tours available daily, no off-season weekend tours Labor Day – Memorial Day.
2. Keelboat Park & Steamboat Park. Keelboat Park has a 55-foot, full-scale keelboat, like the one Lewis & Clark used. The Yellowstone Steamboat at Steamboat Park is 60 feet long. Replicating the boats of that time, the vessel will give you a feeling of what it was like to travel along the river before the railroads arrived. Located on River Road, next to the Missouri River.
3. Bismarck Arts & Galleries Association. BAGA features monthly exhibits by local, regional and national artists.
4. Five Nations Arts Depot. The historic Burlington Northern Railroad Depot on Main Street in Mandan features Native American arts and crafts. Works of more than 200 North Dakota American Indian artists are available for purchase.