Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to get away from your daily routine for a phenomenal weekend. Venture to North Dakota for outdoor adventures and breathtaking scenery. With plenty of wide open spaces perfect for biking and hiking, North Dakota is a nature enthusiast’s dream. As far as accommodations go, many North Dakota vacation rentals are situated in bustling downtown areas, along beautiful lakes, as well as tucked away in the tranquil woods. When you’re ready to start planning your trip, take a look at the top Memorial Day weekend getaway spots in North Dakota.

1. Fargo

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As the largest city in North Dakota, Fargo offers non-stop fun for every member of your family. The Red River Zoo is a boutique zoological park that caters to cold weather animals, such as the red panda and arctic fox, on its intimate 8 acres. Learn more about the history of the region and early life of settlement in the Dakotas at Bonanzaville, USA. This park includes more than 40 buildings to explore. Families enjoy an afternoon at Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm. This farm has interactive exhibits, mini train rides, gardens, and a playground.

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2. Bismarck

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Remember North Dakota’s fallen soldiers in Bismarck. Each year, the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery holds a ceremony based on a new theme to honor the fallen. Learn a little military history at the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. This park includes a Custer’s home and the On-A-Slant Indian Village. Hop on the bright green train and ride by the large grazing area at the Dakota Zoo. This small zoo contains more than 600 animals from 150 species. Learn more about the local history when you tour the Camp Hancock State Historic Site.

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3. Grand Forks

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Memorial Day weekend typically includes the opening of most pools, but even if the weather is still too cold in North Dakota, Grand Forks has the water escape your kids want. Splashers of the South Seas is an indoor water park with water slides and a lazy river for relaxing. For little ones, there is The Coral Sea, while adults can unwind in the Molucca Sea Adult Hot Tub. Pack a picnic lunch before leaving your vacation rental for your afternoon at the Sertoma Park. After eating, enjoy walking through the Japanese gardens and the meditation area.

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4. Minot

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Minot provides family-fun activities over the Memorial Day weekend so everyone has a great trip. Start with a visit to the Roosevelt Park Zoo. This zoo opened its doors in 1912 with the first-ever bison exhibit. Stretch your legs at the Scandinavian Heritage Park. This park includes a heritage center that provides a look at how Scandinavians influenced and settled in this area. The park includes a Danish windmill and a Finnish sauna house. On Saturday morning, stop by the Railroad Museum to see its collection of memorabilia, artifacts, and information about the railroad’s connection to the area.

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5. Williston

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Choose Williston for some quality family time. Kids love seeing who can win at the Thunder Valley Go Kart Track. Afterward, stop by My Swirl Self Serve Frozen Yogurt a cup of ice cream with all your favorite toppings. Take your boat out onto the Missouri River for a day of fishing. You might catch walleye, northern pike, perch, trout, or bass. Go hiking in the Lewis and Clark State Park and enjoy the markers with detailed information that you find along the trails.

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6. Dickinson

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Explore the water with a trip to Dickinson. Look for a vacation rental close to the Patterson Lake Recreation Area. Bring your boat to do some fishing or toss your line in from the banks. This recreation area has a small beach and public dock. Stretch your leg’s on the parks walking trails or bring your bikes to pedal along the lake in the gorgeous weather. Tour the Dakota Dinosaur Museum and see the full skeletons, fossils, and variety of minerals.

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7. Mandan

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Located on the Missouri River, Mandan sits across from Bismarck but offers a more laid-back holiday. Take the kids to the Raging Rivers Waterpark for a day of fun and thrills. This water park includes several slides, pools, and a lazy river for relaxing. If the water is too cool, your family can play a round of mini golf and enjoy a snack at the concession stand. Take a ride on the Fort Lincoln Trolley and breathe in the fresh air with the open-air compartments.

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8. Jamestown

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Step back in time when you book a trip to Jamestown. Kids love a day at Frontier Village with its replica of buildings from the 1800s and fun activities. The village includes 25 pioneer buildings, including the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot from Jamestown. Don’t leave before seeing the Wild West shootout. You can also see the world’s largest buffalo statue and a rare white buffalo at the National Buffalo Museum. Take the family out for dinner at Jonny B’s Brickhouse for their favorite pizza pie.

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9. Devils Lake

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Devils Lake sits on the shores of a lake that shares the same name. Find a spot on the banks and toss in your fishing line to catch some jumbo perch or northern pike. For a more active time outdoors, take in the natural beauty in the Graham’s Island State Park with an afternoon hike. Bring your binoculars because this area is a popular birdwatching site. In the early evening, stroll around the quaint downtown area and catch a bite to eat at Charras, a popular Mexican restaurant.

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