Two-Day Back-to-School Getaway (That Won’t Break the Bank)


Trip Itinerary

It’s that time of year again: the dog days of August signal the start of school for many. Whether you have some kiddos getting ready for their first-ever day of school to helping the collegiate senior complete their final year, Minot offers an affordable getaway for a family of four priced around $300.

Before the trip

First on your list is a place to stay for your getaway: Minot offers over 30 locations for you to grab a room for the family at an affordable price! Minot offers hotels (and extended stay locations), a bed and breakfast and many campgrounds.

Estimated Cost: $80-$120

Arrive Friday afternoon

Minot is home to a handful of main attractions that are sure to bring fun for the whole family. The Scandinavian Heritage Park is FREE to tour, The Dakota Territory Air Museum is an affordable way to view aviation history, and the Roosevelt Park Zoo has almost 70 species of animals!

Estimated Cost: $0-$20 (family of four, two adults and two children)

Dine out on Friday night

With over 70 spots to choose from, families can take in restaurants found Only in Minot, national chain locations or grab a quick bite to cure that fast food craving! Kids and adults alike can visit places like The Starving Rooster, eat while overlooking a golf course at Elevation, visit a new twist on historic Downtown at High Third and try homemade meats at Bones BBQ. With all these great places and more, there’s plenty to choose from!

Estimated Cost: $20-$60

Check out an amusement activity

Simply said, there are TONS of activities to do day or night in Minot. However, night-time is the right time for places like the Putt District (open until 11 pm Friday night), North Hill Bowl (open until 1 am), Lucy’s Amusement Park (9 pm) and much more.

Estimated Cost: $30-$40 (family of four, two adults and two children)

Rest up before some morning eats

The Magic City also boasts some of the best breakfast and pastry locations in town, plus a variety of coffee and tea locations. With locally-owned favorites like Minot’s Daily Bread (and their AMAZING cruffins) to Prairie Sky Breads (and the AWESOME scone flavors they make), to long-standing breakfasts Charlie’s Main Street Cafe and a new brunch option like Urban Gourmet, there’s plenty of options for all tastes.

Estimated Cost: $20-$60

Find more activities or do some shopping

Now is that time to catch up on activities for the next day in Minot, such as golfing at Wee Links or visiting the Roosevelt Pool. Minot also has over 140 shopping locations, including Dakota Square Mall with almost 80 storefronts and kiosks! Families can also head Downtown to shop or take in the Street Art.

Estimated Cost: $5-Varies (family of four, two adults and two children)

Snag a sweet treat or enjoy outdoor dining

With the area’s only rolled ice cream parlor, a locally-owned ice cream/sweet shop and a tasty cookie place like Cookies for You, you’ll never run short of sweets. In the summer months, the city is also home to a dozen rooftop patios and outdoor dining spaces for brunch or lunch!

Estimated Cost: $10-$20

Take in the rest of Minot before heading home

There is always plenty to see and do in Minot, even at an affordable price. Travel safe and visit us any time of the year!

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