929 Gateway Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: (701) 223-4009
Fax: (701) 751-2924
If you want to have a picnic in the park, play some basketball or tennis or just have some fun out in the open, come and visit North Central Park. The park has facilities for basketball, volleyball, tennis, horseshoes and more. It also has picnic spot with picnic tables for you to set up your lunch.
The Gateway Pond is a major location, especially attracting running enthusiasts as it has a magnificent running track.
Optimist's Family Park is a major landmark in the city. It has several walking trails for joggers.
This 19-story structure is home to the judicial and other department of the State Government. Surrounded by a lush green park, there are guides who provide information regarding the history of the building.
The current North Dakota Capitol was constructed in the 1930s after a fire destroyed the original capitol. Because of the construction taking place during the Great Depression, the main building was constructed over a period of 3 years and suffered many labor strikes by workers who felt underpaid and overworked. The 19-story tower Capitol Building contains the legislative and judicial branches of the government and is surrounded by a campus of five other buildings, all holding various government offices. The campus and trails around the capitol provide information about the history of North Dakota.
The North Dakota Heritage Center exhibits brilliant displays, dating back from pre-historic times as well as more recent years. It also features some works that enlighten the viewer of the rich cultural heritage of North Dakota.
Located in Sertoma Park on the east bank of the Missouri River, Dakota Zoo is North Dakota
Inhabited by the Mandan Indians for nearly 300 years (AD 1490 - 1785), Double Ditch Indian Village was a large earthlodge village, consisting of dome-shaped houses of logs and earth; that is supposedly one of seven to nine villages that were occupied near the mouth of the Heart River. Centers of trade between the Mandans, their nomadic neighbors, and later, European American traders, the earthlodge villages are thought to have been abandoned due to a massive smallpox epidemic in North America about 1781-1782.
This restored Victorian Queen Anne-style home was home to 21 North Dakota governors from 1893 to 1960. Room exhibits include the restoration process, architectural style changes and pieces of furniture that were used by several of its residents. Available for special occasions, the Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site also includes a carriage house.
Located on the east bank of the Missouri River on the west edge of Bismarck, this interpretive marker is on the site of a Northern Pacific Railroad Company warehouse that was built in 1883 to store goods in transshipment between steamboats and freight cars before it was torn down in 1925.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State Historic Sites Registry, Camp Hancock State Historic Site preserves part of a military installation that was established as Camp Greeley in 1872, to provide protection for workers building the Northern Pacific Railroad. Changed to Camp Hancock in 1873, the camp's log headquarters still stands and is now an interpretive museum filled with local artifacts and information. Visitors can also see the Bread of Life Episcopal Church and a Northern Pacific steam locomotive. The buildings are open from mid-May through mid-September.
The Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.