• good 40% of Minot's residents are of Scandinavian descent
  • the city of Minot, ND is known as Magic City, due to fast growth & exciting arts
  • Minot North Dakota State Fairgrounds turn into an ice rink in the winter time

Things To Do In Minot

The city of Minot, North Dakota, is known as “Magic City” due to its extremely fast growth during the construction of the Great Northern Railway in the late 1880s. These days, it’s magic because of its exciting arts community – Minot boasts an art museum, a symphony orchestra, an opera community, a city band, several dance and theatre troops and a youth/punk concert organization, the AMP.

Between the arts scene and Minot’s great parks, there is no shortage of fun things to do during your stay.

Our Location

The Astoria Hotel & Suites Minot is located in the south end of Minot on Highway 83 near the Highway 2 and 52 Bypass West. We are close to the Dakota Square Mall and within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and theatres. The Minot International Airport and the Minot Air Force Base are just a few minutes north by car.

Dining Out

There are several dining options within close walking distance to the Astoria Hotel & Suites Minot, including:

Buffalo Wild Wings: Good beer and award-winning Buffalo-style wings smothered in a your favorite Buffalo sauce or dry seasoning.

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse: This full-service steakhouse specializes in big appetites and good value. Think mountain lodge meets BBQ.

Ruby Tuesday: Featuring handcrafted burgers, delicious baby back ribs and a garden salad bar, Ruby Tuesday is also family friendly.

Denny’s: Open 24/7, Denny’s is a classic, family-friendly all-American diner serving up good food morning, noon and night.

Minot Attractions

North Dakota State Fairgrounds

Hosting community and state-wide events and cultural festivals year-round, the North Dakota State Fairgrounds is less than 10 minutes from the Astoria Hotel & Suites Minot. The rodeo grounds here turn into an ice rink in the winter!

Roosevelt Park Zoo

Open from May to October, the Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot features all of your favorite mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and birds. You can also check out the Giraffe Feeding Station twice daily, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting.

Dakota Square Mall

For a little indoor shopping, hit up the Dakota Square Mall just minutes from the Astoria Hotel & Suites Minot. With all the big names you want, some smaller boutique shops and a great food court, the mall also features a Kids Korner and the Carmike Cinema.

Scandinavian Heritage Park

A good 40 per cent of Minot’s residents are of Scandinavian descent. You can disappear into a Nordic dreamland with a walk through the Scandinavian Heritage Park, run by the Scandinavian Heritage Association. Visit log cabins, a Danish windmill, statues of important Nordic figures, a Finnish sauna and more. Hours vary based on season.

Dakota Territory Air Museum

Founded in 1986, the Dakota Territory Air Museum is an impressive collection of displays honouring the men, women and machinery of aviation history. Featuring military and civilian aircraft, this museum seeks to remember what has come before while looking ahead to what is to come. Admission ranges from $3 to $5.

Minot Air Force Base

The Minot Air Force Base is located just north of Minot proper. The Public Affairs Office offers tours of Minot Air Force Base throughout the year, when the mission permits. You can click here to arrange a tour.

Annual Events & Festivals

The North Dakota State Fair

Going strong for 50 years, the North Dakota State Fair is a smorgasbord of summer fun for everyone, with a carnival, contests, free entertainment, concerts, food, and rodeo attractions and events. The countdown is always on for this July festival!

Norsk Hostfest

Featuring world-class entertainment, authentic Scandinavian cuisine, Nordic culture and a cool marketplace, Norsk Hostfest is pure Scandimonium! Each fall, the festival takes over Minot’s North Dakota Fairgrounds, bringing together and celebrating the culture, art, music and food of the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

Minot YMCA

The Minot YMCA is nice walk or a three-minute drive from the Astoria Hotel & Suites Minot, and offers great fitness facilities, aquatic facilities, a rock-climbing wall and outdoor fitness park. The YMCA’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours change slightly for the summer months – check here for more information.

For more exciting and activities in Minot, North Dakota, please visit the Minot Tourism website - Visit Minot.