“Sometimes the best things in life are free.” This quote is SO TRUE! I love going places and doing things that aren’t going to cost me a fortune. After all, who doesn’t? There are many places to go here in North Dakota that are ABSOLUTELY FREE! I’ve listed 10 of these places below.
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1. State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center - Bismarck, ND
The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center features exhibits such as a life-size T-rex skeleton, rare pottery and a Mars spacesuit. This museum is located at: 612 E. Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm / Sat-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm
2. Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge - Pingree, ND
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 and is made up of 16,000 acres of lakes, marshes, grasslands and cultivated fields. This refuge area is PERFECT for wildlife viewing and it's located at: 7745 11th Street SE, Pingree, ND 58476.
3. Enchanted Highway - I-94
In North Dakota, you can take an afternoon drive along the Enchanted Highway. This stretch of highway begins at Exit 72 on I-94 and ends in Regent, North Dakota. Along the way, you'll enjoy viewing large metal sculptures such as "World's Largest Tin Family (pictured above)," "Grasshoppers in the Field," and "Fisherman's Dream." People of all ages LOVE this scenic drive!
4. Keelboat Park - Bismarck, ND
Keelboat Park is located along the Missouri River in Bismarck, North Dakota. It's also part of the Missouri Valley Legacy Center. At this beautiful park, you'll get to see a large thunderbird sculpture and a 55-ft full-scale replica of the 1800's keelboat like the one used by Lewis & Clark. At this park, you can also take a self-guided tour to learn the history of the area.
5. Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery - Riverdale, ND
This popular hatchery produces a variety of fish species, and the visitor center features five 300-gallon aquariums that display many of North Dakota's fish species for your viewing pleasure. Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery is located at: Fish Hatchery Rd, Riverdale, ND 58565. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-3:30pm
6. Frontier Village - Jamestown, ND
At Frontier Village, you'll get the chance to take a step back in time to the frontier days of North Dakota. The buildings at this popular tourist attraction are original buildings from frontier villages in North Dakota. Frontier Village is also home to the "World's Largest Buffalo" monument, and it's located at: 404 Louis L'Amour Lane, Jamestown, ND 58401. Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm - Memorial Day to Labor Day
7. North Dakota Firefighter's Museum & Hall of Fame - Garrison, ND
North Dakota Firefighter's Museum & Hall of Fame preserves the rich traditions and heritage of firefighting. This unique museum includes memorabilia that's been generously donated from all across the state. North Dakota Firefighter's Museum & Hall of Fame is located at: 52 N Main St, Garrison, ND 58540. Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
8. Toy Farmer Museum - LaMoure, ND
The Toy Farmer Museum is a collection of unique farm toys, primarily tractor toys, housed in a historic 1961 barn. There's also a huge sandbox on site where kids can farm their hearts out. The Toy Farmer Museum is located along Highway 13 in LaMoure, North Dakota. Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm / Sat Noon-5:00pm / Sun - Closed
9. North Dakota Museum of Art - Grand Forks, ND
North Dakota Museum of Art includes three galleries of gorgeous art created by regional, national and international artists. If you're a fan of art, you'll LOVE this museum! North Dakota Museum of Art is located at: 261 Centennial Dr, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm / Sat-Sun 1:00pm-5:00pm
10. Overlook Trail - Jamestown, ND
If you're feeling really adventurous, you can spend an afternoon taking a scenic bike ride along the Overlook Trail. This trail is 3.5 miles long and features GORGEOUS views overlooking the Jamestown Reservoir.
What other places in North Dakota are ABSOLUTELY FREE to visit? Let us know in the comments below?