Packed with wide vistas, as well as abundant hunting and fishing opportunities, North Dakota is a scenic destination for a bachelor party. Combine outdoor adventures with vibrant nightlife, fine dining, golf, and other activities in iconic cities like Fargo and Grand Forks. Book a stay at one of numerous North Dakota vacation rentals for your upcoming celebration. Here are seven of the best bachelor party destinations in North Dakota.
The biggest city in the state, Fargo offers the most vibrant nightlife for a bachelor party with bars such as Herd and Horns, Pickled Parrot, and JC’s Corral Bar. Between Fargo and the adjacent Moorhead, Minnesota, golfers in your party can hit the links at a different course every day by visiting The Meadows, Village Green Golf Course, and the Fargo Country Club. You can also rent kayaks from River Keepers and paddle the Red River as a group. Check the event schedule at the Fargo Dome to catch a concert, specialty show, or sporting event. Baseball fans should check out the Roger Maris Museum, which is dedicated to the Yankee great.
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Located on the Missouri River, Bismarck offers some wonderful views for just wandering around town and seeing what happens. When you’re ready for something more structured, get in touch with your inner children with a stop at Super Slide Amusement Park, which has roller coasters, go karts, mini golf, and a batting cage. For a full round of golf, visit the Hawktree Golf Club. Round out your day with a cruise on the Missouri River tour from Lewis and Clark Riverboat. Book the evening cruise to enjoy dinner on the river, a perfect way to prepare for a night out. Luft Rooftop Beer Garden serves up drinks with a view of the city, or for something more down to earth, try Lucky’s Bar, which has bar games to pair with your drinks. Break up your time in the city with a short drive to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park for some hiking and river views.
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A vacation rental in Medora places you and your friends at the gateway of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Badlands. It’s an ideal location to step back into history and nature, and for day long road trips to see buffalo and rolling landscapes. In town you can check out the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Maltese Cross Cabin, where Theodore Roosevelt once lived, and the historic Chateau de Mores hunting lodge. Incorporate hunting into your bachelor party with an expedition planned through Elkhorn Outfitters or King Ranch. You can also ride horses at King Ranch. When night rolls around, the Little Missouri Saloon and Dining Room serves up food and drinks, while Pitchfork Steak Fondue offers a unique pairing of savory cheese and steak. Boots Bar and Grill is a great way to wrap up a day on the range.
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Downtown Minot provides a good opportunity for a pub crawl with numerous bars in a three block radius, including The Spot, Ebeneezer’s Eatery and Irish Pub, and Ice Box. While downtown, catch a comedy show or sing some karaoke at Roosters. If the groom has Scandinavian roots, Scandinavian Heritage Park is a good daytime activity. The park includes a replica stave church and information about the area’s Nordic roots. After the park, take a stroll around the town’s river walk to build up an appetite for dinner at 10 North Main or the Little Blue Elephant. Numerous golf courses surround the town, including Souris Valley Golf Course and Minot Country Club.
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5. Devils Lake
If the groom is a fisherman, there’s no better destination than Devils Lake, which is bordered by the town of Devils Lake, as well as other small towns such as Lakewood Park, Fort Totten, and Grand Harbor. The lake is home to perch, walleye, white bass and northern pike. Catch the big ones with the help of Rig It N Jig It Guide Service or Devils Lake Guide and Outfitters, both of which rent boats and conduct guided outings on the lake. Devils Lake Guide and Outfitters also conducts waterfowl hunting expeditions. Cook up your catch of the day back at your vacation rental, then head out to Nellie’s Bar and Lounge, Razor’s Edge, or Thirsty’s to finish off your night.
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Dickinson offers the chance for your party to experience some small town fun and food, as well as outdoor outings like golf at Heart River Golf Course or hiking along the shores of Patterson Lake. At the lake you can also play disc golf, go water skiing, fishing, and swimming. Gather the guys for fine dining at the BrickHouse Grille or the Crossing, then head over to Paragon Bowl for a few games before hitting the town. Liquid Assets, Maverick’s Saloon, B2 Lounge and other pubs provide a perfect backdrop for a night of celebrating the groom.
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7. Grand Forks
North Dakota’s third largest city, Grand Forks has vacation rentals that place your group in the center of town, as well as more secluded homes perfect for hosting your own barbecue or night of games. Speaking of games, golfers in your group can practice their swing without braving the weather at Albatross Indoor Golf Club, or play the real thing at King’s Walk Golf Course. Rev up the everyone’s spirits by watching a race at the River Cities Speedway, then try your luck at Muddy Rivers Casino or Southgate Casino Bar & Grill. After drinks at Diamond Lounge or Joe Black’s Bar and Grill, then stop by El Roco Nightclub & Grill to dance the night away. For something a little more subdued, see a theater performance or concert at the Empire Arts Center.
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