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Recreational activities abound in Bismarck-Mandan. From theater, ballet and symphony performances to golf, boating, fishing and hunting, Bismarck-Mandan has something to entertain you. In fact, excellent programming and facilities provided by the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BRPD) put Bismarck at the head of the class and earned Bismarck the title of Sports Illustrated Sportstown for North Dakota.


bismarck state collegeA vibrant arts community provides opportunities for participants, students, and spectators alike. The Symphony Orchestra, Northern Plains Ballet, Shade Tree Players, Dakota Stage Unlimited, Sleepy Hollow Theater ... concerts, recitals, arts and crafts shows, lectures, galleries, museums, ... the list goes on.


golfExcellent golf courses - seven of them - await you in Bismarck-Mandan. Hawktree Golf Club is on Golf Digest's list of the top 100 public courses in the U.S., placed second on the magazine's 2000 list of top new courses in the United States, and is on Golfweek's list of Best Modern Golf Courses in the United States.


historyFrontier history is alive and well in Bismarck-Mandan and throughout the region. Fort Abraham Lincoln, where Lt. Col George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Calvary rode out on their ill-fated expedition to Little Big Horn, and the On-A-Slant Indian Village’s reconstructed earthlodges offer visitors a trip back in time.

Bismarck-Mandan, and all of North Dakota, was front and center during the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial celebration. Over 50,000 people enjoyed “The Circle of Cultures” celebration in October 2004. Lewis & Clark historical sites continue to intrigue visitors to the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Parks and Rec

parks and recBismarck-Mandan boasts over 50 miles of paved trails for walking, running, biking, or roller blading.

Bismarck and Mandan’s Parks and Recreation Departments provide a wealth of activities to choose from year round for all ages, and maintain a top-notch park system throughout the cities. Bismarck’s park system accounts for 17.5%of the total city area.


civic centerBismarck-Mandan is home to the Dakota Wizards of the National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL) and the AWHL’s Bismarck Bobcats.

The excitement of the rodeo and the tranquility of a trail ride at sundown can both be experienced in Bismarck-Mandan. Take your pick . . . or take both!


riverThe Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea provide every opportunity for water sports. . . boating, sailing, fishing, water skiing . . . you’re limited only by your imagination. There are 35 recreation areas located on Lake Sakakawea. They include highly developed campgrounds and day use areas, moderately developed areas, and primitive areas. Recreation opportunities at the lake include camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, swimming, bird watching, hiking, biking, and photography.

Bismarck offers three outdoor public swimming pools for summer enjoyment . . . the Hillside pool and waterslide, the Wachter wave pool, and the new Elks aquatic center. Ragin' Rivers Waterpark in Mandan serves up four slides, a "lazy river" to enjoy in an inner tube, and a children's water play area.


zooThe Dakota Zoo in Bismarck is North Dakota’s largest zoo, with 500 reptiles, birds, and mammals representing 125 species.