When was the last time you visited the
North Dakota State Capitol building? Not only is it the hub of our state's
government, it's a landmark filled with history and innovation that's
fun to explore with the whole family.
Plan a visit this month! Mark your calendars to visit the North Dakota State Capitol on Thursday, March 21, for a special Pride of Dakota pop-up event: Spring Capitol Showcase. March is Pride of Dakota month, and Bison Booties will be one of the businesses set up inside the capitol from 9 am - 4 pm on 3/21/19. Free and open to the public. Attendees must enter the Capitol through the south entrance
Must-see sights at the Capitol
Bring your kids! The capitol and grounds are family-friendly and stroller accessible.
At 242 feet tall, the Capitol is the tallest building in the state. A trip up the elevator to the observation floor is a must when you visit, because the views are fantastic. There are plenty of big windows that provide a great bird's eye view of the city of Bismarck, and the kids will think it's fun to watch the toy-sized cars driving around below.
The House and Senate chambers are open to the public even when the legislature is not in session, and both are worth a visit. Being inside the rooms where the political process comes alive is a great experience for kids and adults alike, and inspired some great educational conversation with my kids about how government works.
A short walk from the Capitol building itself is the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. Inside, you'll find dozens of displays exploring North Dakota's rich history and many engaging hands-on activities. You'll see what kind of dinosaurs roamed the prairies during prehistoric times; be able to examine artifacts from the state's first inhabitants; and learn about the industries and innovations that continue to make North Dakota one of the most prosperous states in the nation.
A new addition to the Heritage Center specifically designed for kids is the bright and cheery Tree House, a play area on the second floor. It's a fun place for kids to burn off a little energy and learn a little something at the same time.