North Dakota knows that it is easy to get stuck in your home or hotel while visiting in the winter months. That’s why they provide many seasonal events to make the most of this time of the year. Here are a few attractions unique to North Dakota and the month of February.
The North Dakota Heritage Center is located in Bismarck and the History Hikes January to March. These are great opportunities to get out and stroll through the indoor museum. The center provides one-quarter mile and one-half mile maps to make the History Hike educational and unique. The Heritage Center also offers Sensational Sundays that feature music, storytelling, preservation programs and a lecture series.
In Fort Ransom you will find the Annual Norski Days Scandinavian Winter Festival. Fort Ransom is a small resort community and features all sorts of winter events whether there is snow or not. The many events include downhill and cross-country skiing, sno boarding, ice fishing tournament, snowmobile run, horse-drawn wagon rides, snow sculpting, big air contest, old time dance festival snowboarding and a Norwegian buffet. The buffet is complete with Scandinavian dishes such as ring cakes, rommegrat, lefse, and flatbread. They also hold a Hagar and Helga look alike contest and Norski talent show.
Jamestown has a lot to offer in the month of February. Here you will find the Cabin Fever Days and the Polar Pig Big Splash. The Polar Pig Big Splash is by far the most popular event as participants are able to wear any wild costume that they wish and will be awarded prizes for the Best Cannonball, Wildest Costume and Outstanding Team Spirit. A warming house will be available for those participants to warm up before and after they take the plunge. Other events will include sleigh rides, and Zonta’s Chocolate Fever Festival.
While you are in Jamestown you can’t help but see the World’s Largest Buffalo. The buffalo is a cement sculpture that is 26 feet tall, 46 feet long and weighs 60 tons. The buffalo was built in 1959. The surrounding area is known as Frontier Village and features an old fashioned post office, trading post, saloon, fire department, barber shop, jail, the states oldest grocery store, sheriff’s office and the Louis L’Amour writers shack. The town is more active in the summer months but is still a site to see. The National Buffalo Museums attracts over 100,000 people each year.
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