Groups can float along the mighty Missouri River as they learn about North Dakota’s heritage and history aboard a Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruise, running May through October. The boat can accommodate up to 104 guests, and planners can arrange for a 64-person seated meal or buffet along the lower level.
As you tour Bismarck, your group members might notice several large bird statues. These public artworks were commissioned by Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, along with United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) and the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau, to honor the significance of eagles in Native American spirituality. Challenge your group to find all five statues, which were created by local student artists.
Take a guided tour of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, located just south of the city. In the oldest state park in North Dakota, groups can visit reconstructed military buildings, including blockhouses, bunkhouses, and General George Custer’s Victorian-style home. Also in the state park, explore On-A-Slant Indian Village to see re-created Mandan Native American earth lodges and take in views of the Missouri River.
What better place to dive into North Dakota’s storied past than in the state’s capital? Visit the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, the state’s largest museum, which traces North Dakota’s history back to early geological phenomena that formed 600 million years ago. Exhibit highlights include life-size casts of dinosaurs, the Native American Hall of Honor, and a large-scale cyclorama of Double Ditch Indian Village as it would’ve appeared in 1550.
Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau
Main Image: Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruise, Bismarck, North Dakota. Credit: North Dakota Tourism