Couple walking in Downtown Minot

Affordable Weekend Getaway for Couples in Minot

Ready for a weekend getaway or road trip? Minot is a regional hub located near historical, artistic, adventurous, and unique experiences. Choose from some of our ideas listed below. We picked out several spots to explore in Minot and give you 3 options for a day trip filled with fun!

DAY 1

Afternoon/Evening

Roosevelt Park Zoo

Stretch your legs while walking around Roosevelt Park Zoo, open daily in the summer from 9am to 8pm. Only $20 for two adults! Explore the zoo and see red pandas, catwalk for tigers, kookaburras in the aviary, and many others! Or walk-through Roosevelt Park next door to enjoy the trees and shade.

Sit in the sun & enjoy a cold one!

Watch the sunset from one of Minot’s rooftops! Sip on giggle juice and take in the striking views of downtown Minot at High Third, a restaurant that offers an American Canadian fusion cuisine! Munch on some poutine as the nightlife downtown comes alive. Or cap your evening with some great pizza and beer at Sports on Top, right in the heart of Minot overlooking traffic on Broadway. This dining space opens during summer and has firepits and heaters to keep you cozy all night long. For more great outdoor patio spots, look here: https://visitminot.org/summer-outdoor-dining-spots-in-minot/

Ready for bed?

Most hotels in Minot are within 10-15 mins of your destination! Stay here for $72-104 per night! Choose your hotel. https://visitminot.org/hotels/

Grand Hotel Pillow

DAY 2

Morning

Coffee & Adventure Fuel

Grab some coffee & breakfast before your day of adventuring. Prairie Sky Breads located in the heart of downtown Minot features homestyle bread and baked goods. Sit on their parklet and enjoy the plants and early calm of downtown in the morning.

Minot’s Daily Bread is locally owned and operated conveniently located on Broadway – featuring bread, crepes, all handmade pastries and foods baked fresh every morning. Find more unique coffee places in our coffee blog https://visitminot.org/dear-coffee-we-love-you/.

Day/Afternoon

Choose from 1 of the 3 Options
Option 1: Explore Minot – History & Culture
Scandinavian Heritage Park – (1 hour)

Start at the Scandinavian Heritage Park and walk-through cultural buildings including a wood-carved replica of a Norwegian church, a 30-foot tall Swedish Dala horse statue, and a Danish windmill previously located on a farm in 1928. The park pays homage to the Scandinavian roots and culture of the area and has international flags on display for Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. It is free to tour, with volunteer guides from 9-4 on Mondays thru Fridays from May 17th until Labor Day. Located right next to the Visitor Center.

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Dakota Territory Air Museum – (2-3 hours)

Dakota Territory Air Museum fits perfectly in Minot which is also home to Minot Air Force Base and Minot International Airport. The museum focuses on the rich aviation history of this region. Walk under static aircraft on the grounds, and read through the literature, periodicals, and memorabilia of this region’s military aviation service and history. $20 for 2 adults.

Pioneer Village Museum – (1 hour)

Step back into time at the Pioneer Village Museum, which features important historical buildings that made up the fabric of rural communities. Walk through a small-town jail, church, blacksmith shop, and other preserved structures to get a glimpse into how life was lived. Located just a short 15-minute drive from Minot. The museum is free will admission and is open from 11am to 5pm on Tuesdays thru Saturdays.

Option 2: International Peace Garden Day Trip
1 hr 50 mins driving (4 hours total) – 3-4 hours touring = 8 hours

Head down Highway 2 to the Geographical Center of North America. That’s right, stand smack dab in the middle of the North American Continent from north to south and east to west. Continue the drive northeast to the International Peace Gardens, entry is only $25 for a passenger vehicle for the day. Plan for a 2-4 hour visit to walk through the gardens, interpretive center, and the gift shop. To cross the American Canadian border, a Passport or Nexus card is preferred. You can also enter the Peace Gardens with a driver’s license & birth certificate combined.

Fountain at Peace Garden
Option 3Native American Interpretive Center Day Trip 
2 hours driving (4 hours total) – 2-4 hours touring = 8 hours

On your way to New Town to experience and learn about this area’s Native American culture, stop by this little gem: Paul Broste Rock Museum. Located in Parshall, the rock museum is open from noon to 4pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays, and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. See the specimens that Paul Broste collected from all over the world.

Head down the road to New Town and stop at the Native American Interpretive Center. This is located near the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum open 10am-4pm on Mondays through Fridays. Step into a full-scale reconstructed earth lodge and learn more about the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations.

MHA Interpretive Center

Evening

Sip & Relax in the Magic City

Find yourself back in Minot for the evening, there are several places to grab a brew and hang out. Check out our beer guide https://visitminot.org/beer-guide-to-minot/to some of the best craft beer spots in town!

DAY 3

Morning

Time for Brunch!

This is a very important part of the day to us here in Minot! Sit down at one of our many local restaurants and savor the flavors of brunch. Whether it is a caramel roll at Charlie’s Main Street Café or the infamous fat frog (the biggest hoagie you’ve ever seen- with 4 toppings) at Ebeneezer’s Eatery & Irish Pub.

Charlies Restaurant

Day/Afternoon

Soak in those last few hours in Minot

Walk off the food in downtown Minot and check out all the original murals, there are over 20 to see! Use our street art map as your guide.

Be sure to snap a photo and tag @VisitMinot on Facebook or use #MagicInMinot on Instagram! We can’t wait to see what you’ll discover

Downtown Mural

Don’t forget some shopping! We have a bustling downtown with clothing boutiques, specialty game stores, antique shops, and a wonderful bookstore! If that’s not enough, head to the Dakota Square Mall and enjoy some of our favorites including Scheels, JC Penney’s, and Barnes & Noble.

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