It’s every Midwesterner’s favorite time of year — summer.


Something about warm days and cool evenings makes people suddenly come alive again.


If you are looking for a unique and fun town to explore this summer, then look no further than  one of our EverSpring Inn & Suites located in Bismarck, North Dakota. 


  1. The Dakota Zoo

    Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!


On the banks of the Missouri River, The Dakota Zoo is a great way to spend a visit to Bismarck. Starting in April, the zoo opens at 10am and closes at 6pm daily.


Stretching across 90-acres and housing 600 animals including birds, reptiles, and fish there is much to see and encounter. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to take part in the ‘animal close-ups’ where a zoo keeper will answer questions and teach about certain animals.


Only a mile away from our EverSpring – Bismarck location, it’s even walkable.


Visiting the animals isn’t the only thing to do at the Dakota Zoo. Spend time checking out the rose garden, children’s playground, or food court!


For ticket prices and more information visit the Dakota Zoo website



2. Lewis and Clark Riverboat


Bismarck famously sits on the ‘mighty’ Missouri river and there is no better way to explore it than by boat!


The Lewis and Clark Riverboat is a fun way to enjoy being on the water and taking in the beauty of North Dakota.


The cruise lasts an hour and a half — usually in the evening hours — on weekdays with some earlier times on the weekends. You have different options like the ‘Happy Hour Cruise’ or the ‘Sunset Cruise’.

Make your time in Bismarck memorable!  For more information to book tickets to a cruise, please visit the Lewis and Clark Riverboat website


3. Raging Rivers Waterpark


Make a splash this summer at the Raging Rivers Waterpark located west of our EverSpring (technically Mandan), just west of the Missouri River.


Equipped with giant slides, a lazy river, and your favorite summer concessions (think hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, the works), it’s one of Bismarck’s best ways to spend a summer day.

Tickets and pricing are available on their website as well as other information like hours, current weather, and a map of the park. 


Whether you have children or you’re a big kid at heart, this is a fun stop for visitors to spend the whole day in the sun. 


Get your speed slide on!


4. Laughing Sun Brewery


Voted the best brewery in Bismarck by the Bismarck Tribune, the Laughing Sun Brewery is a must to stop in and grab a pint.


Their brewpub inspired food menu ranges from appetizers, sandwiches, BBQ plates, and desserts.


Their diverse menu plays sidekick to a great roster of award-winning craft beers. Choose from 19 taproom drafts to find your favorite and share cheers!


Lastly, you’ll surely be entertained by the live music or axe throwing that the brewery makes available.  It’s only a mile from our hotel, so it’s an easy walk if you’ve taken down a few too many pints, as well!


Check out the Laughing Sun Brewery website for upcoming music events or to make reservations. 



5.Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park


Last stop on the list is the oldest state park in North Dakota, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park


Established in 1907, this peaceful and vast state park is perfect for hiking and getting away from the hustle of Bismarck and taking in the beauty of North Dakota.


Go on a tour of the On-A-Slant Indian Village that is only open during the summer. You’ll learn about the Mandan culture and history of the land along the Missouri River.


Want to experience riding a horse along the banks of the Missorui? Now is your chance! 


This state park is one of North Dakota’s designated horse parks. With 8 corrals and other amenities you can pay a daily fee of $6 to horseback ride on designated trails.


Fort Abraham surely won’t disappoint and will allow you to soak up the natural beauty in Bismarck. 


For more information please visit the North Dakota Parks and Recreation website.



Bismarck Is The Spot

So whether you’re looking for a family friendly spot, a solo adventure, or a quick get away with friends, Bismarck is a small town with big adventure.


Click here to book your Bismarck getaway at the EverSpring Inn & Suites now! We are close to everything Bismarck has to offer.