• Mason Collins

More to do in Minot than you think

Downtown Minot offers many restaurants and experiences in one beautiful area. (courtesy of the Downtown Minot)

There is a common consensus among newcomers to Minot that there’s nothing to do here. In reality, Minot has a plethora of sights to visit and activities to explore.

Even before COVID-19 hit, many struggled with what to do around town. However, there are many things to do if you just look around. For example, we have the Roosevelt Park Zoo which remains open even in the winter. The zoo is adjacent to Roosevelt Park — a great place to take a walk anytime of the year. Roosevelt Park is also home to a skate park, so it’s a great place to check out during the summer.

Speaking of taking a walk, the Scandinavian Heritage Park adds a touch of history to an outing. The Scandinavian Heritage Park showcases the Scandinavian history and heritage of people in the Minot area — the park is also believed to be the only park in the world to represent all five Nordic countries. The event that surpasses the park for its showcase of heritage is the Norsk Hostfest, America’s largest Scandinavian festival, held annually each fall in Minot. 

If you are looking for a fun way to stretch your legs this season, the Maysa Arena might be just what you need. It operates a public indoor skating rink during the winter at select times throughout the week. On top of that, they also host Minot’s local professional hockey team, the Minotauros. If skating isn’t your thing, Minot also has a bowling alley and a mini golf course. If you want to take your golf game up a notch, you can visit the Souris Valley Golf Course. The course hosts a driving range and a full 18 holes available for walk-ons or reservations. During the summer, be sure to check out the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs, an All Expedition League team that calls Minot home.

Minot also has a range of coffee shops and bars to check out. For instance, Atypical Brewery is a popular place to grab some drinks with friends. If you want to hear some great music, you should also check out Ebeneezer’s Eatery & Irish Pub and The Original. These bars both host a variety of local bands that play on select nights throughout the year. 

If you are looking for something beyond the nightlife, then the Black Iguana on Main Street could be just right for you. What makes it so unique is that this coffee shop is located in Margie’s Art Glass Studio, an art store featuring many glass pieces that also hosts classes and events. For great coffee and food, check out Broadway Bean and Bagel Co., where you can not only grab a drink, but also one of their fresh-baked bagels. For even more fresh-baked goodness, check out Prairie Sky Breads, a more recent addition to Downtown Minot, for their handmade breads, scones, and lunch menu. They also offer online ordering on their website for curbside pickup or delivery. And if you are looking for a place to hang out with some friends, With Room Coffee, also located in Downtown Minot, provides a special ambiance. Covered from floor to ceiling in plants, it is a great place to relax, hang out with friends, or work on some homework.

  Speaking of Downtown Minot, it’s a great place to stroll and check out some of the local stores the city has to offer. From Main Street Books, to Cookies for You, to Charlie’s Diner, there is a wide array of places to visit on Main Street. One highlight of downtown is the Taube Museum of Art. The Taube hosts a collection of artwork made by local artists and is free to the public year-round. Near Main Street, there are also a few options if you are looking to kill some time. There’s The Spot, a bar and pool hall, as well as Chaos Games, a card and hobby shop.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, consider incorporating one of Minot’s local destinations into your plans. Here are some upcoming events in Minot to enjoy with a sweetheart, friends, or family throughout the month of February:

Feb. 11-14: “First Night,” a romantic comedy put on by the Mouse River Players. A bright, warm comedy about dreams, life, and love that had critics and audiences cheering at its premiere. Danny Fleming had convinced himself that life’s dreams can’t be anything more than dreams. Then back into his life walks his eighth-grade flame, Meredith O’Connor — only now it’s Sister Meredith Louise — and it becomes a New Year’s Eve to remember. Tickets are available at mouseriverplayers.com for $10 each.

Feb. 12: Minot Minotauros vs. Saint Cloud Norseman.

Feb. 13: Valentine Luminary Walk at Woodland Trail from 7-9 p.m. Bring your sweetheart or your whole family of love bugs for a luminary lighted walk through Woodland Trail lined with decorated lanterns for all your sweethearts.

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day at the Putt District, couple’s golf is two for $15.

Feb. 18: Make art glass mushrooms at Margie’s Art Studio. Learn how to make mushroom caps using a hammer to break the glass, resulting in an interesting and unique pattern. They will be placed in the kiln after you reassemble the glass and add a little artistic flare to the mix. Class size is limited, no experience needed. Tickets are available at margiesartglass.com for $45 each.

The next time you think to yourself, “Man, there’s nothing to do in Minot,” try checking out our local parks and museums. There are so many things to do from parks to festivals, games, and sporting events — all you have to do is look around you.

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