By ND Commerce Tourism Division
Whether you want to enjoy outside adventures or find amusement in the warmth of indoors, February in North Dakota is a great time for family fun. Take advantage of the long Presidents Day weekend and visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Gather loved ones and sample the array of flavors at the Feast of Nations in Grand Forks. Get some cultural exposure at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo or the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Assemble your crew and find all there is to love about North Dakota this month. Contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.ndtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Find a Fest
North Dakotans not only embrace their chilly winter climate, they celebrate it. Get outside and create memories with the entire family while taking part in winter festivities across the state. Join a game of pond hockey, enter the kids in a youth ice fishing tournament or bundle everyone up for a sleigh ride at ShiverFest in Devils Lake. Winterfest in Minot features ice carving and snowman building contests while Cabin Fever Days in Jamestown will host a co-softball tournament. Heritage Outbound at Fort Clark State Historic Site is a program designed to educate visitors about the history of the original North Dakotans as they snowshoe through the area. Not all February’s festivals are outdoors. Unglued Craft Fest returns for its sixth year to the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. More than 70 artists will showcase their products, and free workshops are available for adults and children, along with live music.
Celebrate the Sites
USA Today ranks Theodore Roosevelt National Park one of the top national parks for families, and the Badlands of this national treasure are just as awe-inspiring in the winter months as they are in summer. Visitors of all ages will appreciate the panoramic views and exposure to wildlife. Spend the day on a trail at one of 11 state parks open year-round. Gather the gang for quality together-time snowshoeing, skiing or hiking the terrain along the Missouri River. Tuck the electronics away and tuck in for a night of card games in one of the park’s yurts or cabins. Hit the slopes at Huff Hills in Mandan or explore the picturesque Pembina Gorge, the largest naturally forested valley in North Dakota. Each of these sites would also serve as a romantic destination for those looking for a secluded Valentine’s getaway!
You don’t have to get outside to burn off extra energy in North Dakota this February. Acquaint everyone with regional history at the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center or visit an art exhibit at one of several art museums across the state. Enjoy a night of live theater and see the Empire Theater Company’s Falsettos or Flashdance the Musical. Make it a family goal to learn more about foreign cultures and international cuisine at the Feast of Nations on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks, or try a new dish at one of the many new restaurants in Bismarck, Minot or Fargo. For some louder and rowdier fun, take in a University of North Dakota hockey game at the legendary Ralph Engelstad Arena or a basketball game at one of many state schools.
No matter how you make your family fun this February, you’re sure to find something for everyone to love in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
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