North Dakota May 07, 2017
You Can’t Afford To Miss These 11 Free Outdoor Activities In North Dakota
The great outdoors are a beautiful place anyone can enjoy. With the nice weather we’ve been having here in North Dakota, now is the time to start getting outside and planning your summer. The best way to take advantage of everything this state has to offer is for free, of course, and here are 11 ways to do it:
1. Experience the beauty of Sullys Hill National Game Preserve.
This stunning park has trails and other ways to see the gorgeous scenery within it. This place is great for viewing wildlife that lives in the trees and meadows surrounding Devils Lake. Located near St. Michael, North Dakota.
2. Explore history and nature at the Fort Union Trading Post.
Located near Williston, North Dakota, this historic site is entirely free to access. You can see the impressive grounds of the fort and the surrounding trails through the scenery. It is perfect for the whole family on a sunny day.
3. Head out on the water at Lake Sakakawea.
Lake Sakakawea is the largest body of water in North Dakota. From Garrison, North Dakota all the way to New Town, North Dakota there are more miles of shoreline than in all of California.
4. Take a leisurely stroll through the Rainbow Garden.
There is a beautiful garden and sculpture walk in Mayville, North Dakota called the Rainbow Garden. It is open and entirely free to explore for the public. There are stunning flowers and interesting sculptures to see throughout the whole thing.
5. Hike to the highest point in North Dakota.
White Butte, the point of highest elevation in North Dakota, has a free trail access that leads up to the top of this amazing summit. It is located near Amidon, North Dakota. The landowners do accept donations in a mailbox at the front of the trail, but other than that it is entirely free. It's definitely an experience you won't want to miss.
6. Go bird watching at Lake Audubon.
See the beauty of Lake Audubon through the Lake Audubon National Wildlife Refuge near Coleharbor, North Dakota. As a refuge, it houses thousands of birds - especially during migratory periods.
7. Take on the Missouri River near cities like Bismarck.
The Missouri River crosses a large amount of North Dakota and provides tons of opportunities to explore it. Kayaking, swimming, fishing, and more are just a few of the ways to take advantage of this natural wonder. Places like Keelboat Park in Bismarck, North Dakota are another free and great way to see the river.
8. Follow the Enchanted Highway and get up close to these huge works of art.
The Enchanted Highway is a road near Regent, North Dakota that will take you through a larger-than-life, free, outdoor art gallery. You can stop along the way to get out of the car to take pictures and see just how massive these structures really are.
9. Spend a lazy day at North Dakota's largest natural lake.
Relax at the lakeside of Devils Lake and you won't regret it. There are plenty of free access points to the lake for fishing, boating, or simply taking a stroll along the shore.
10. See the World's Largest Buffalo and a herd of real bison below it.
This famous monument in Jamestown, North Dakota draws many visitors in each year and is free to see. The herd of bison living there has some of the only known albino and white bison in the world.
11. Take advantage of the recreational opportunities at the Jamestown Reservoir.
This reservoir in Jamestown, North Dakota has great recreational areas open for public use. Boating and fishing are just two of the many things you can do here. Summer is the best time to get out there and enjoy it!
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