11 Jun ELEVEN FAMILY-FUN THINGS TO DO IN MINOT THIS SUMMER
We are so excited to check out the the biggest family event of the summer, the 2021 North Dakota State Fair (coming in late July)! However, there are many more family-friendly things to do and see in the Magic City all summer long!
We aren’t “lion” about this one. The Roosevelt Park Zoo features close to 160 animals across nearly 70 species for visitors to check out, from the famous African Lion to over 20 different birds. There’s even a Discovery Barn and Children’s Zoo for the kiddos! Summer hours last from 10am to 8pm through August (weather permitting)!
This Park is near and dear to us. Like actually… it’s right outside our door! Located just off Broadway, the Park is available to be visited FOR FREE at any time for those looking to explore a vibrant history of Scandinavian Heritage. From 9-4pm every day except Sunday (12pm-4pm), visitors can get a glimpse inside the iconic Gol Stave Church and view the many outdoor statues and amenities. Children can play on the grass and eat at one of the shady picnic spots on the grounds. Also, check out the Gift Shop, which has stickers, fuzzy stuffed animals and much more to take a little bit of Scandinavia and Minot with you!
This one is “plane” fun to see (okay, we will stop with the puns) … but seriously, the Dakota Territory Air Museum is a must-visit on your next trip to the Magic City. Kids can enroll in the ACE (grades 3-4) and week-long PACE (grades 5-6) summer camps, and there will be various kid-friendly events that will be announced on the Air Museum Website and Facebook page throughout the summer. Families can enjoy Wings & Wheels (July 14), where planes and 100 classic cars will be present. Featuring a rich history of historic warbirds, a collection of memorabilia and literature on aviation, the Air Museum won’t disappoint!
Unique to the city of Minot, anyone can check out over 20 locations near downtown of artistic renditions made by talented artists, with many local artists contributing to the décor. Some of the depictions even have hidden things within them, up to the viewer to find out what they are! Plus, check out the various art galleries, museums, food locations and shops as you walk around Downtown Minot!
Okay… one more pun. Are you ready to make a “splash” and “slide” into summer? Well, now you can bring the family to the Roosevelt Park Pool, which features TWO brand new waterslides that opened at the beginning of June! Water-lovers can also check out two splash-pad locations at Oak Park and Radio City! Also, check out Splashdown Water Slides next to the Mall.
There is no shortage of opportunities to get your swing on this summer at one of seven courses in the area! Minot features Jack Hoeven Wee Links (designed specifically with kids in mind), footgolf at the Apple Grove Golf Course and multiple driving ranges too! Plus, don’t forget Lucy’s Amusement Park and The Putt District for some hole-in-one fun.
Minot State University Summer Theatre is back for its 56th season! With Willy Wonka (June 16-26), The Game’s Afoot (July 7-12) and a one-night performance with a local talk show (July 15), the shows are sure to dazzle and amaze families! The theatre is outdoors and location behind the Minot State University Dome!
Have you seen the weather out there?! Get a chance to take the family to the great outdoors – Minot and the surrounding areas offers over 20 hiking trails, 18 fishing spots (including plenty of dock, pier and shoreline fishing for the kids) and tons of camping sites for the whole family. Plus, the area offers kayaking, wildlife viewing, biking and more! Don’t let the outdoor life pass you by this summer!
Geo-who? Geocaching is new and improved within the Magic City, with more events on the way this summer! Take the kids on your next trip to open one of many geocaches in the area! New to the game? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden there, with only a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone needed. You will also need an account to play and keep a log!
The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs have games all summer long, ice rinks give an opportunity to cool down in the summer, AMC and Oak Park Theater have movies, families can go to HighAir Ground for some trampoline fun, try bowling and much, much more. There are so many performances and events on the calendar, plus many family-friendly places to eat too – be sure to check it out!
The 2021 North Dakota State Fair will feature carnival rides, new food vendors, rodeo days, live animals, and much more – it’s 9 days of fun you won’t want to miss! Dates are July 23 to July 31.