We ended up in Bismarck at the Heritage Center as a spur of the moment addition to our trip as a pit stop before pushing on to Medora. We are so glad we stopped!
This newish (circa 2014) complex is geared for kids to have a blast and learn a bit too.
Interactive Dino Game (video style game console that lets you become the dinosaur and maneuver through prehistoric landscapes, discovering "carrots" of information along the way.) Even on a Monday, there is a line for this game!
Dinosaur/Prehistoric Displays - giant ground sloths, HUGE prehistoric bison, and even mammoths can be spotted in the gallery. The underwater world houses a really neat fish skeleton too!
The Treehouse. What isn't going to be awesome about a treehouse? This indoor climbing and free play structure is upstairs in the center and is a popular spot for those with smaller kids. We brought our one and five year olds and they had a blast! Colorful and safe, this area would be a great respite from the cold and blustery ND winter afternoons!
The very BEST part? It's a 100% FREE pit stop! Even parking is free. Coffee and the gift shop that totally rocks inside might cost you, but everything else is sans fee!
The North Dakota Heritage Center is located in the center of Bismarck. It is very large museum dedicated to the history of North Dakota. There several exhibitions about Native Americans as well as pioneers. It is very interesting to follow the exhibitions as the North Dakota changed with the time. There is also a collection of animals and plants native to North Dakota. There are several interactive displays children can play with.