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From housing the largest zoo between Minneapolis and Seattle, winning countless state titles, and being awarded “America’s Favorite Park,” you will never find yourself bored in our Magic City! There are outdoor recreation for every season of the year, including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, birding, golfing...The list goes on! Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:
  • Roosevelt Park Zoo: Houses the largest collection of exotic animals between Minneapolis and Seattle with 60 exhibits, 80 species, & 200 animals.
  • Take part in the year-round organized recreation activities held in outdoor (Optimist Soccer Complex, Jack Hoeven Baseball Complex, etc.) and indoor facilities (YMCA, MSU Dome, MAYSA Arena).
  • Parks & Trails: With numerous parks and 100+ miles of walking and biking paths, there are a lot of fun and affordable of options for the whole family to enjoy! Click here see the different parks and trails in Minot.
  • Pools & Waterparks: Looking to cool down this summer? Check out the splash pads at Oak Park and Radio City Park or enjoy swimming pool and water slide at Roosevelt Park. It doesn’t have to be summer for you and the family to enjoy the water! Take part in year-round fun at the Splashdown Dakota Super SlideMinot YMCA, and other local hotels in the area.
  • Looking for some tee-time? There are 7 different courses to fit your golfing preferences from Minot’s newest and finest course, the Minot Country Club, to miniature golf at Lucy’s Amusement ParkClick here to check out all the different courses.
  • Competitive sports programs for youth, high school, college, and semipro are all available in our Magic City. Head to the MAYSA Arena and check out a Minot Minotauros game- a local favorite. The Tauros are a Tier II junior hockey team in the North American Hockey League, consisting of players across the country, aged 16-20.
  • Birding: North Dakota is a top destination for millions of birds with unspoiled scenery and an active migration season! If you’re interested in birding, click here to learn the nearby wildlife refuges. 
  • Hunting and fishing are a major tourism attraction for the state of North Dakota. Located along a primary waterfowl migration corridor, Minot is one of the nation’s best places to hunt! Whether its fields, forests, or wetlands- Minot is a hot spot for your game!
  • Looking for more fun? Here you go!
For more things to do in Minot, go to Visit Minot and the Minot Park District.

Four seasons make North Dakota a spectacular place for the avid outdoorsman. Summer, fall, winter and spring, you can enjoy hunting and fishing. Those outdoors are a big attraction for many residents and visitors alike and hunters are no exception. Once November comes around, outsiders learn of a new holiday…the deer hunting opener. North Dakotans are passionate about this and all hunting seasons!

When the snow hits and the lakes freeze over, fisherman flock to the big lakes with their fish houses and gear for a long day of ice fishing. In the summer, the lake is busy with those hoping to snag the big one including trout, walleye and even salmon. To learn more about the hunting and fishing seasons, to apply for a license or to find out about hunter education, log onto or call 701-328-6300.
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