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Things to Do in Minot, ND

With the establishment of Minot State University (formerly known as the State Normal School) in 1913 and the Minot Air Force Base in the 1950s, the city's development has boomed.

Best Things to Do in Minot

The Minot Air Force Base is located about 15 miles north of the city of Minot, North Dakota. The 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing, two significant Air Force units, are located at the Air Force Base. For parties of 10-45 persons, the Public Affairs Office leads tours on behalf of the 91st Missile Wing and the 5th Bomb Wing. All tours require a minimum of four weeks' notice. From November through January, there are no tours available.

 Minot AFB

The Lillian & Coleman Taube Museum of Art was once known as the Minot Art Gallery which open in 1970. There are currently two galleries in the museum—the upper gallery and the main gallery. It features modern works by local, American, and worldwide artists, with new pieces added every four to six weeks.

Considering that there is both a main gallery and a lower gallery space, two shows are frequently on display at once. There is a gift store at the museum where paintings and other works of art made by local and regional artists can be purchased. The public may visit the museum without charge.

 2 Main St N, Minot, ND 58703

The Roosevelt Park Zoo is open all year, but winter hours are shorter. It was 68 species, including exotic animals such as giraffes, okapis, penguins, and red pandas. They also have an aviary and new big cat habitats for lions, Amur tigers, and Amur leopards. The Amur leopard is critically endangered, with less than 200 in captivity. The zoo also has a Discovery Barn, and many other exhibits.

 1219 Burdick Expressway East, Minot, ND 58701

A notable destination honoring the people and things connected to the history of aviation is the Dakota Territory Air Museum. The museum is both a storehouse of aircraft as well as a place to learn the rich history of the region’s aviation history.

A full-scale model of the Wright Flyer, numerous relics, and an amazing collection of airworthy WWII and general aviation aircraft are all on display. The cost of tickets is listed on their website.

 100 34th Ave NE, Minot, ND 58703

The Scandinavian Heritage Park is a 14-acre outdoor destination in Minot, ND. It is the only park in the United States that features all five Nordic countries. The park has a replica of the Gol Stave Church, a Danish windmill, and many other buildings and statues. The Scandinavian Heritage Park hosts events throughout the year, such as Scandinavian festivals like the Midsommar Natt celebration. Plan to spend at least 2 hours exploring the park, and remember to wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking.

 1020 South Broadway, Minot, ND 58702


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10 North Main Smokehouse Bar & Grill

This is Minot's Downtown destination for great prime steaks and drinks. 10 North Main Smokehouse Bar & Grill is a fine dining experience with USDA prime steaks, Texas barbeque, and fresh seafood. To drink, they have craft beer, wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Founded by actor Josh Duhamel, it is now run by Bonny Kemper, Ashlee Deschamp, and Brock Teets.

 10 Main St N, Minot, ND 58703

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Magic City Hoagies

Magic City Hoagies is a local dining institution that serves lunch and dinner, and also offers delivery services. In 2014, a small sandwich shop opened next to the Mall in Minot and introduced a new take on the traditional sub sandwich. Since then, Magic City Hoagies has captured the hearts and appetites of residents with their jaw-dropping sandwiches.

123 Main St S, Minot, ND 58701

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The Starving Rooster

The Starving Rooster was originally established in 1919 for the Altman and Taylor Tractor Company. The company used the "starving rooster" logo to represent its brand. Regulars enjoy the flatbread, stroganoff, and artichoke dip. The restaurant repurposed materials from the original structure to build tables and other design elements. The owners (Chad, Chris, Jeremy, and Joel) have a great respect for North Dakota's farming culture.

 30 1st St NE, Minot, ND 58701

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Planet Pizza

Planet Pizza has been a go-to spot in Minot for entertaining dining since 1996. Only Planet Pizza offers a 30-inch "Galactica Pizza" that will astonish any crowd. It also serves wings and sandwiches for anyone who doesn’t want pizza. Planet Pizza provides more than what you would find at a normal pizza restaurant. Participate in thrilling laser tag battles and test your skills in the arcade gaming room. Planet Pizza is a special combination of adventure and fun food!

 220 S Broadway Suite B, Minot, ND 58701

Atypical Brewery & Barrelworks

Craft brewery Atypical in Minot specializes in barrel-aged sour ales and other unique libations. The tasting room is located inside the historic Westland Gas Station on Central Avenue, which was made in 1927. Several local men founded Atypical including Eric Johnson, co-owner and head brewer. They typically have a food truck out front, including Jamaican Jerk and Mama Mac's Kitchen. Try the award-winning beer at Atypical Brewery, it's fantastic!

 510 E Central Ave, Minot, ND 58701