Things To Do in Minot
With the Minot Air Force Base nearby, a major university in the middle of the city, and strong energy, agriculture, UAS, and distribution industries, Minot offers a little something for everybody, from the family-friendly zoo to drag racing and railroad museums. We’ve included a few places you won’t want to miss, no matter if you’re relocating to Minot or if you’ve lived there a lifetime. Quality of life is important to making your city a home!
Roosevelt Park & Roosevelt Park Zoo
Minot has several parks perfect for an afternoon of fun and entertainment. From biking or hiking to swimming or picnicking, there’s a park for you. Roosevelt Park has tons of great activities for individuals or the whole family. Features at Roosevelt Park include a swimming pool, sand volleyball, picnic shelters, band shelter, tennis courts, fishing docks, and a playground. Kids can even ride on the Magic City Express, a kid-sized train that runs around the park. Roosevelt Park Zoo is also located at the park, and is open even during the winter. The Zoo has lots of activities for people of all ages, including Christmas at the Zoo and the Adult Ed-Venture Series.
Scandianvian Heritage Park
The Scandianvian Heritage Park, located at 1020 South Broadway in Minot, pays homage to the area’s Scandinavian roots and culture of five countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. You can find “remembrances and replicas” from each of the five countries, such as a Stabbur replica from Telemark, Norway, a full-scale replica of a Stave Church, and a 25-foot tall Swedish Dala Horse. The park is open year round, but some of the buildings are not heated during the winter months.
The Maysa Arena began as a simple additional indoor skating rink for the Minot community. Now, the arena is the third largest ice arena in North Dakota, just behind the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks and the Scheels Arena in Fargo. The arena hosts local and regional tournaments for youth, high school, and college teams. Plus–there’s open skating for anyone who just wants to skate for only $4 plus skate rental. Now, the facility serves the entire community with tons of skating opportunities for local residents and visitors.
Dakota Territory Air Museum
Founded in June of 1986, the Dakota Territory Air Museum displays vintage and military aircraft. The museum is dedicated to telling and showing the rich and varied story of the Minot region’s aviation history. The muesum not only holds tons of unique aircraft on display, but also boasts the Minot Airport Beacon, still operational, which guided pilots in the Minot area from 1943 until 1993. There are also several Minot Fire Department trucks from the 1920s and 1930s on display. It’s definitely worth a stop if you haven’t been there yet!
North Dakota State Fair Event Center
Every July, for ten glorious days, Minot hosts the North Dakota State Fair. The North Dakota State Fair Event Center, however, is open all year and contains over 250,000 square feet of display space and support areas. The center is used for more than just State Fair planning and events. It’s home to events, conventions, and the All Seasons Arena. Been to an indoor rodeo? You can go to one here! Or use the ice rink for skate parties, or host a wedding reception or other event. You can also attend one of the facility’s main attraction events yearly, such as the Norsk Hostfest (the largest Scandinavian festival in North America), the Home & Garden Show, Great Tomato Festival, The Big One Craft Fair, Flea Market, Ribfest, or even join the Minot Curling Club. The Magic City International Dragway and the Nodak Speedway are also part of the ND State Fair Event Center.