1030 E. Interstate Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58503-0547
Phone: (701) 223-1911
Fax: (701) 223-6977
The current North Dakota Capitol was constructed in the 1930s after a fire destroyed the original capitol. Because of the construction taking place during the Great Depression, the main building was constructed over a period of 3 years and suffered many labor strikes by workers who felt underpaid and overworked. The 19-story tower Capitol Building contains the legislative and judicial branches of the government and is surrounded by a campus of five other buildings, all holding various government offices. The campus and trails around the capitol provide information about the history of North Dakota.
Located in Sertoma Park on the east bank of the Missouri River, Dakota Zoo is North Dakota
Inhabited by the Mandan Indians for nearly 300 years (AD 1490 - 1785), Double Ditch Indian Village was a large earthlodge village, consisting of dome-shaped houses of logs and earth; that is supposedly one of seven to nine villages that were occupied near the mouth of the Heart River. Centers of trade between the Mandans, their nomadic neighbors, and later, European American traders, the earthlodge villages are thought to have been abandoned due to a massive smallpox epidemic in North America about 1781-1782.
This restored Victorian Queen Anne-style home was home to 21 North Dakota governors from 1893 to 1960. Room exhibits include the restoration process, architectural style changes and pieces of furniture that were used by several of its residents. Available for special occasions, the Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site also includes a carriage house.
Located on the east bank of the Missouri River on the west edge of Bismarck, this interpretive marker is on the site of a Northern Pacific Railroad Company warehouse that was built in 1883 to store goods in transshipment between steamboats and freight cars before it was torn down in 1925.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State Historic Sites Registry, Camp Hancock State Historic Site preserves part of a military installation that was established as Camp Greeley in 1872, to provide protection for workers building the Northern Pacific Railroad. Changed to Camp Hancock in 1873, the camp's log headquarters still stands and is now an interpretive museum filled with local artifacts and information. Visitors can also see the Bread of Life Episcopal Church and a Northern Pacific steam locomotive. The buildings are open from mid-May through mid-September.
The Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Located near the center of the city, downtown Bismarck is an area filled with a promise of good entertainment, recreation and fun. Attractions like the Kirkwood Mall, the Bismarck Civic Center, and the historic Patterson Place are located in downtown, plus there are also several shops, stores, restaurants and bar that line the streets. Besides all these places, the area is also known for events like the Downtowner’s Street Fair, which sees more than a hundred vendors put up stalls on the streets and sell their various products. A visit to downtown Bismarck is guaranteed to be entertaining.
Since 1961, the Dakota Zoo has been serving as the community zoo and continues to do so. This zoo is home to domesticated as well as wild animals that includes goats, reindeer, wolves, bears and so forth. For more details, check website.
Super Slide Amusement Park features a 150-foot super slide, ferris wheel, go carts, bumper cars, mini golf, a batting cage, and more.
Mandan is the county seat of the Morton County and an integral part of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area, separated from Bismarck by the Missouri River. Named after the Mandan tribe that settled here around 1100 CE, this city was first established as a cavalry fort, and finally as a railroad town. The city, today, is one of the major cities in the state, and a hub for tourism. Among the attractions are the Amazing Corn Maize, Dacotah Speedway, and the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Do see the website to know more about this ‘Gateway to the West’.
A venue for the local community’s cultural and recreational events, the Dykshoorn Park was originally known as opened as the North Pacific Depot Park. Located right next to the former Northern Pacific Depot, which was built in the 1930s, this park hosts prominent events like the Mandan Rodeo, Art in the Park and various other local events. This relatively small patch of greenery is a favorite among locals, as well as visitors, who come to take a walk, attend an interesting event, or just admire the architecture of the former depot.