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Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (Washburn, North Dakota)
The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is located in Washburn, North Dakota. It opened in 1997 and you get an outstanding view of the Missouri River. Explore the early to mid 1800s learning about early Indian nation tribes. Huge wooden statues are situated at the front of the center and tours are great because the guide has some funny stories and facts that make it well worth it. The drinks and snacks were just fine but, I have to say, the food selection was extremely limited. I did, however, love the museum and since I love books, the library made me really happy. A really nice set up and all the employees impressed me with their knowledge. A pure history lesson that is so entertaining that I actually went back to back days when I visited.
Location of the Lewis & Clark Center (Washburn, ND)
Full Speed Water Fun
Raging Rivers Waterpark (Mandan, North Dakota)
Mandan, North Dakota is home to an awesome water park called "Raging Rivers Water Park". Lots of slides including full tube slides and a super tall slide that goes real fast before blasting you into a pool. The food area is limited to snacks such as cheese nachos. The lazy river circles the entire water park and he super slides are definitely super, standing over 60 feet tall. The mini golf course was a major let down but the water areas made up for it in spades. This is one of my favorite water parks because the slides are all different and made at angles that make bodies go really fast. The pools you land in are big and you come out on a raft with water splashing onto the onlookers.
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UND Men's Ice Hockey
Ralph Engelstad Arena (Grand Forks, ND)
Ralph Engelstad Arena is the home of college ice hockey but it also host musical concerts throughout the year. The arena is home to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks Men's ice hockey and locals call the place, "The Ralph". Also, Men and women college basketball is hosted here on occasion. Everything has easy access and I here that a large circus comes through once per year. For a relatively small arena (holds under 12,000) it is very state of the art. Escalators instead of stairs and sit cozy with leather seats. I only went once and I had the chance to listen to the great Elton John perform and it was special indeed.
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Gateway to Science (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Gateway to Science is a hands-on learning museum. Opening in 1994, attendance has kept on getting larger thanks to new exhibits and the hands-on approach to learning is refreshing especially since you can mess around with everything in the center. My favorite experience, and I'll never forget it, is meeting and listening to real scientist who visited and shared some knowledge with all who were present and it was quite revealing and lots of new and entertaining nuggets of information that makes it really fun for the old and the youthful. If you are into technology then this is without a doubt the place for you.
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SuperSlide Amusement Park (Bismarck, North Dakota)
SuperSlide Amusement Park has lots of rides, food and other entertainment spread around for everybody to enjoy. This park opened in 1967 and it has lots of stuff to do besides just water rides such as batting cages, go-carts, mini golf and arcade games. The burgers are delicious and actually big. Besides the water slides, the park has a fast roller coaster, ferris wheel, swings, basketball, a carousel. I would say the coaster is my favorite because it goes through tunnels as it hits the curves which makes it dark at the fastest parts of the ride.
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Lewis & Clark Riverboat (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Lewis & Clark Riverboat Tours are fun for people who love the water and those who do not because the scenery is fantastic. Cross the Missouri River in style with romantic evening cruises for two or take a group cruise that serves food and beverages. I went on a pizza cruise and it was pretty awesome but the beautiful look and serenity involved in riding this boat along the water is what relaxing is all about for me. I love boats and the water plus I got some great video on this trip. One trip that I did not do on this boat that would be fun is romantic trip for two with dinner and wine.
Lewis & Clark Riverboat Ride (Video)
North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum (Bismarck, North Dakota)
North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum is the nicest museum of history I have ever seen and the exhibits never seem to end. The building houses many dinosaur artifacts and fossils along with a tasty cafe that definitely has some good cinnamon rolls. The amphitheater is humongous and the paleontology displays with gems and minerals are interesting but what really got me excited was looking at the giant skeleton of a T- Rex. Any fan of the prehistoric or Paleontology will love this Heritage center. Not only do you learn but you really have fun doing so.
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Eye of the Tiger!
Dakota Zoo (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Dakota Zoo is full of animals but it also has so much more. It has more than 600 animals and it is also the home to the Bismarck Tribune Discovery Center. It has a train that circles the Zoo and a petting zoo area where certain animals such as goats can be touched and fed. My favorite animals at this Zoo are: snow leopards, tigers, turkey vultures and the white-fronted marmosets. The souvenir shop and the food leave something to be desired but the animals are well worth the visit if you are in the area. The zoo has more area of water than other zoos I have visited which is really cool.
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