Welcome to the beautiful city of Minot, North Dakota! Minot offers visitors and residents alike a vast array of exciting activities to partake in and attractions visit, ranging from Roosevelt Park Zoo to the annual Norsk Hostfest. The area is most widely known for the Minot Air Force base, located just north of the city, as well as being Ward County’s county seat. Enjoy all the benefits that come from living in the trade center for northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan, as well as the fourth largest city in the state of North Dakota. Minot offers housing to fit every lifestyle, as well as job opportunities, excellent educational services, and a welcoming community. To start planning your visit, please visit the official Minot website https://www.minotnd.org/.


The city that would one day become known as Minot came into existence in 1886 with the arrival of the Great Northern Railroad. The railroad was forced to halt construction for the winter, with a town springing up practically overnight. The area was given the nickname of “Magic City” for the sudden appearance of a town. Over the next five months, the town grew to a surprising population of 5,000, further validating the area’s nickname. The town was eventually given the name of Minot after railroad investor Henry Davis Minot. The city of Minot was officially incorporated on June 28, 1887. In 1893, the landowners in Minot convinced the builders of the Soo Railroad Line to build their line from Valley City through Minot and up to Canada.

During its early years, Minot was a typical western boom town. During Prohibition, Minot was nicknamed “Little Chicago”, as it was a central hub of Al Capone’s liquor smuggling operations. These smugglers mostly used underground heating and delivery tunnels to smuggle and store the illegal beverages and today some of these tunnels can still be accessed.

The 1950’s brought with them the construction of the Minot Air Force Base, as well as the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. Both of these developments brought jobs and a new wave of federal funding into the region, causing Minot to prosper.

In 1969, the Souris River flooded and devastated the city. Slowly, as the area was being rebuilt, the Army Corps of Engineers straightened the river’s path and built several flood control structures. To find out all this and more about Minot’s rich history, please click here: https://www.downtownminot.com/history/history.shtml.

Parks and Recreation

Minot is home to a dedicated Parks and Recreation Department that serves all of its citizen’s needs. Both visitors and residents alike can enjoy bowling, golf, basketball, scenic parks, softball, miles of walking trails, safe play areas, volleyball, ice skating, swimming, tennis, camping fishing and so much more! To find out more about the exciting outdoor activities and parks that await you and your family, please visit: https://www.visitminot.org/visitors/attractions/default.asp

Attractions and Activities

4 Bears Casino
202 Frontage Road - New Town
Toll Free: 1-800-294-5454
Fax: 701-627-3714
Website: https://www.4bearscasino.com
Email: prhost@4bearscasino.com

Apple Grove Golf
2604 Valley Street - Minot

Best Kept Secret Lounge
2400 10th St SW - Minot

Black Butte Adventures
1975 48th St N - Velva
Website: https://www.blackbutteadventures.com
Email: blackbutteadventures@srt.com

Carmike Cinemas
2400 10th St SW - Minot

Corbett Field and Rink
13 Street West at Burdick Highway - Minot, N.D.

Dakota Hills Winery
6041 40th Ave. N.E. - Knox, ND 58343
Website: https://www.dakotahillswinery.com
Email: dakotahillswinery@yahoo.com

Dakota Square Mall
2400 10th ST SW - Minot

Dakota Territory Air Museum
100 34th Ave NE - Minot
Website: https://www.dakotaterritoryairmuseum.com

Dale and Martha Hawk Museum
4839 78th Street - Wolford
Website: https://www.hawkmuseum.org
Email: dnhawk@gondtc.com

Enchanted Highway
Website: https://www.enchantedhighway.net
Email: enchantedhighway@yahoo.com

Home Sweet Home
103 4th Ave NW - Minot
Email: sales@ndgifts.com

International Peace Garden
10939 Highway 281 - Dunseith
Toll Free: 1-888-432-6733
Website: https://www.peacegarden.com
Email: dhevenor@srt.com

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
2576 8th Street SW - Washburn
Toll Free: 877-462-8535
Fax: 701-462-3316
Website: https://www.fortmandan.org
Email: lgardner@fortmandan.org

Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art
2 Main Street North - Minot
Website: https://www.taubemuseum.org
Email: taube@srt.com

Minot Country Club
County Road #15 West; Mailing Address: P.O Box 879 - Minot
Website: https://www.minotcountryclub.com
Email: MCC@minot.com

Minot Public Library
516 2nd Ave SW - Minot
Fax: 701-852-2595
Website: https://www.minotlibrary.org
Email: jkaup@ndak.net

North Hill Bowl
1901 North Broadway - Minot
Email: nhbowl@srt.com

Northwest Art Center
500 University West - Minot
Fax: 701-858-3894
Email: nac@minotstateu.edu

Old Soo Depot Transportation Museum
15 North Main Street - P.O. Box 2148 - Minot

Pointe of View Winery
8413 19th Ave NW - Burlington
Phone: 701-839-5505
Website: https://www.povwinery.com
Email: jeff@povwinery.com

Railroad Museum of Minot
19 1st St NE - Minot
Website: https://www.railroadmuseumofminot.org
Email: info@railroadmuseumofminot.org

Rockin’ Horse Lounge
P.O. Box 1787 - Minot

Roosevelt Park Zoo
1219 Burdick Expressway East - Minot
(701) 857-4166
Website: https://rpzoo.com/

Shirley Bicentennial Park/Scandinavian Heritage Center
1020 South Broadway - Minot ND 58701

Souris Valley Golf Course
2400 14th Avenue SW - Minot, ND 58701

Splashdown Dakota Super Slides
2400 10th St SW - Minot
Phone: (701) 837-3115
Email: Waterpark@sleepinnminot.com

1st & 8th Ave SE - Minot ND 58701

The Big One Arts and Crafts Fair
P.O. Box 1276 - Minot
Website: https://www.thebigone.biz

Ward County Historical Society
2005 Burdick Expressway East - Minot
Website: https://www.co.ward.nd.us/historical
Email: wchs@srt.com

Wee Links Golf Park
900 Forest Road - Minot, ND 58701


Motor Magic
2005 Burdick Expressway East - Minot
Website: https://www.motormagic.net
Email: info@ndstatefair.com

Nordak Racing Inc
P.O. Box 702 - Minot
Website: https://www.nodak.com

Norsk Hostfest
1020 South Broadway
PO Box 1347
Minot, ND 58701
(701) 852-2368
(701) 838-7873 fax
Email: hostfest@minot.com
Website: https://www.hostfest.com

North Dakota State Fair
2005 Burdick Expressway East
Minot, ND 58701
P.O. Box 1796 - Minot
Fax: 701-857-7622
Website: https://www.ndstatefair.com
Email: ndsf@minot.com

Y’s Men’s Rodeo
P.O. Box 69 - Minot
Fax: 701-852-1806
Email: ymca@ndak.net

Downtown Business and Professional Association Official Event Calendar

Minot Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar

Parks and Recreation Department Official Calendar


Angela Simonson
Angela Simonson
1201 South Broadway Minot ND 58701