A trip to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park would not be complete without stopping to visit the little town of Medora ND. For some reason I’m drawn toward these little touristy towns. I love all the shops, art galleries and nostalgic American History that you can experience in some of these towns. Medora ND is definitely one of them, from museums to horse back riding through the badlands, you could spend all day and still not be able to enjoy everything this town has to offer!
Start your morning off with 9 holes at the Bully Pulpit Golf Couse ranked one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. It’s worth checking out even if you don’t golf. After that, you can take a carriage ride around the town then check out some museums. The Cowboy Hall of Fame is pretty cool and my kids especially enjoyed all of the hands on props and stuff geared to them.
There are at least a dozen cool gift shops and stores to browse through. Be sure to stop and get a yummy waffle cone at the shop with (as my kids call it) “the biggest umbrella in the world”! After ice-cream, capture the moment with some old fashion photos, the kind where the whole family dresses up like a character out of a Louis L’Amour novel!
If you’re just passing by and only have time to stretch your legs, check out the awesome Medora Children’s Park. The whole park is built to look like a wild west town with hidden passages and bridges that can keep your kids occupied for hours! This is by far my favorite place, not to mention it’s free. The nice thing about Medora ND, is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a good time. Right across from the Children’s Park is a cute miniature golf course that only cost $5 and there are many other attractions that are either free or very inexpensive.
During the summer months you can watch the fabulous Medora Musical. This is performed in the coolest outdoor theatre I have ever seen! The seats are built right into the mountainside with the stage down below. So as you watch the cast do a fun rendition of Medora’s history you can enjoy the beautiful starry sky and night air.
A few other attractions that are still on my list to see in Medora are the famous Château De Mores, the Family Fun Center with the world’s largest inflatable water slide, and the Park Ranger’s Guided Tour through the T.R. National Park.
So the next time you’re cruising down I-94, give into your curiosity and check out this little gem in western North Dakota, you’ll be glad you did!
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