Family Getaway for $350

Needing to get away but don’t want to spend a lot of cash? Head to Minot for the weekend full of family fun for just $350! Follow this guide for a family of four to experience Minot and save big on your next visit.


Staying a weekend in Minot can be done very affordably right now. With rates starting as low as $60/night, staying two nights in the ‘Magic City’ is inexpensive. Search for current hotel room availability here! When selecting a hotel, we recommend selecting a property that offers a complimentary breakfast to help save you some extra cash. Be sure to check out our deals page too… there are some great deals for traveling with the family


There is a lot to do and see in Minot…We have gathered some of our favorite affordable activities sure to please a crowd no matter the age. Family packages are often available and some experiences require no money at all!

Roosevelt Park Zoo ~ $35
This is the oldest zoo in the state and a home for more than 159 animals! The zoo has recently made some amazing habitat upgrades for the lions and tigers. Climb into the Jeep that’s positioned partly inside the lion exhibit and you might get lucky ~ the lions love to climb on the hood! Be sure to check it all out when you go, we suggest visiting the zoo in the morning as the animals tend to be more active.

Dakota Territory Air Museum ~ $20 Family Pass
Military and vintage aircraft are on display at the museum including many “Flying Legends” from World War 2. Models, artifacts, and other memorabilia help guide visitors through North Dakota’s aviation history. If anyone in the family is a history buff, be sure to stop in and look at the Vietnam Memorial Wall which honors the tri-state soldiers who lost their lives during that war. The Air Museum will host the exhibit for the remainder of the summer months. Opening soon is their drone cages, this is perfect for video game lovers! Book your times ahead to fly a drone and learn about aviation hands-on.

Splash Pads ~ FREE
Take a break from the heat and let the kids burn some energy at the local splash-ads. Play in the water at one of the two splash-ads in Minot. Although the splash pads are great for all ages, we have found that the location at Oak Park, is great for bigger kids while the Radio City park location at the south end of Minot is great for younger children. The south location has less water pressure and the amenities within the park are designed with younger kids in Minot. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Street Art ~ FREE
Downtown Minot features 18 individual murals that are bursting with color. It’s free and a great way to spend time exploring the city! Snap a photo or simply admire the artistry as you follow the street art map. Make it a fun family game and when you complete the map, walk to some edible art at Cookies For You! Just $7 for a half-dozen cookies. YUM!

Scandinavian Heritage Park ~ FREE
Ranked North Dakota’s Best Attraction in North Dakota in 2017 (USA Today’s People Choice) this little park is bursting with beauty and cultural references. The park, located in the heart of the city features the Gol Stave Church which is the most recognizable landmark in the city. When walking around, be sure to stop in the visitor center for the walking tour guide. There is a ton of great information in there about what you are seeing and facts about the points of interest. Walk the paths, picnic in the park and uncover the rich Scandinavian history in Minot. The park honors the five Scandinavian countries of Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

North Hill Bowl ~ $17
A round of bowling isn’t just affordable, it’s loads of fun! Minot’s bowling alley is just $4.25 for a 10-frames of bowling. If your kids are a bit older we recommend checking out the X-treme glow in the dark bowling for just a .75 cent upgrade to $5.00 per person.

Oak Park Theater ~ $20
Catch a film at our local movie theater. This hidden gem offers movie tickets for just $4, you can’t beat the classic theater experience either! They were renovated in recent years which included brand new conferrable leather seats. Check their Facebook for showtimes because this one screen theater has new movies playing all the time.


Sammy’s Pizza ~ $30
Grab a family-sized pepperoni pizza at Sammy’s Pizza for only $24. This spot is a tradition for many families as the Minot location has been serving up slices for 60 years! Dine-in or take it out and enjoy family-style in one of our local parks.

Schatz ~ $40
This restaurant is open 24 hours a day making it easy to grab a bite in between the other stops. Schatz is known for its shareable portion sizes at reasonable prices, keeping your family feast under budget.

Ebeneezer’s ~ $40
Try the local favorite “Fat Frog” with a side of Beneez’ sauce…this isn’t any normal chicken sandwich. Eb’s is an “Irish working man’s Pub” and the menu is full of Irish inspired dishes and specialty sandwiches. Stay awhile and listen to live music performed by Minot musicians.

Taco Feliz ~ $40
One of Minot’s newest restaurants is deliciously serving up Mexican cuisine with portion sizes to share!


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