Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota. It is also the second largest city in the state. The North Dakota State Capitol Building is a popular tourist destination in downtown Bismarck. The building is a 19 story tower and is located in Bismarck at 600 East Boulevard Avenue. It is situated on a 160-acre site which includes many other government buildings. It is the tallest building in North Dakota and is known as the Skyscraper on the Prairie. The building houses the office of the Governor of North Dakota and the offices of multiple state agencies and departments. The State Capitol is largely surrounded by state government office buildings such as the state's legislative, judicial branches and many government agencies. This Art Deco style skyscraper was designed by North Dakota architects Joseph Bell DeRemer and W. F. Kurke. The south side of the building has a drive-through tunnel which leads to an entrance to the building. There are two parks: the Myron Atkinson Park and the Capitol Park, located on the capitol building campus. Pedestrians can access the Myron Atkinson Park by a tunnel which is under the road. The center of the grounds is known as the Capitol Mall, a large open field of grass with walking paths and American Elm trees. It is also the site of the North Dakota Heritage Center located on the Capitol. Opened in 1967, it is state’s official history museum. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits that include historic photographs, fossils of local birds and animals, a rare mummified dinosaur and more.
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There are lots of things to do in Bismarck. If you are visiting Bismarck with the whole family including the little children then you can visit the Dakota Zoo is a zoo in Bismarck, located on the banks of the Missouri River. Opened in 1961, the zoo is placed on a 67-acre farm. Today, the Dakota Zoo has grown to a 90 acre facility. It attracts over 130,000 visitors to the city each year. The Dakota Zoo houses more than 600 animals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species. Animals in the zoo are divided into different sections. Northeast sections include animals such as Llama, mouflon and Aoudad. The North section houses predators such as tigers, snow leopards, wolves, bears, lynx, mountain lions, coyotes, and foxes. Animals in the southern section include goats, miniature horses, miniature donkeys, highland cattle, bison, Bactrian camel, reindeer, longhorn cattle and more. If you are looking for parks and recreational facilities then you are in luck. Bismarck has a large park system with an extensive network of exercise trails. While you are visiting the zoo, you can also go to the Sertoma Park. It is the site of a three mile long riverside plain by the Missouri River. The Serotma Park also has over four miles of recreational paved trails along the river. Your next stop could be Super Slide. It is the only amusement park in Bismarck. It is also located along the Missouri River by the Dakota Zoo. The park features a large slide, a batting cage, go carts, bumper cars and many more attractions. It is also home to the largest Roller coaster in North Dakota. If you like golf then you can also visit Hawktree Golf Club located at Burnt Creek Loop. This 18-hole golf club features 7,085 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.