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Sporting Events and Activities

Sports in North Dakota

From horse racing to speedway events, you’ll find a wealth of sporting events to enjoy across North Dakota. Cheer on your favorite teams, watch local competitions or get in on the action on your own at some of the top sports venues in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, and other cities.

Horse racing events at North Dakota Horse Park attract thousands of visitors every year and the site is a must-visit destination for horse racing and equestrian enthusiasts of all ages. The 110-acre site is home to the North Dakota Horse Park Racetrack and the North Dakota State University Equine Sciences Department.

Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in North Dakota and you’ll find several sports venues and arenas that host local and regional games. The Bismarck Bobcats have been playing in Bismarck since 1997 and you can catch a match at the VFW Sports Center on Fridays or Saturdays from September through March.

Car racing events are another popular sport throughout North Dakota and you’ll find several speedways and racetracks to watch local and regional competitions. Watch the race at the Dacotah Speedway in Mandan near Bismarck or attend special events and races at the Magic City International Dragway. Races at this dragway include five classes of racing and typically take place on Friday nights and weekends.

The Nodak Speedway hosts most of its racing events on Sunday nights during the summer, another 3/8-mile dirt/clay oval track featuring INEX Legends and IMCA Stocks races. You can also catch races at the Southwest Speedway when visiting Dickinson from April through September. If you find yourself in Williston, head to the dirt track at the Williston Basin Speedway for IMCA Hobby Stock and Northern Sport mods vehicles.

Many visitors head to North Dakota during the winter months to enjoy the wealth of winter activities around Fargo, Bismarck, and other cities. From ice skating to sleigh rides, make the most of the winter months with some fun snow activities the whole family will enjoy. Many locals and visitors head to Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park located south of the Little Missouri National Grassland. You’ll be treated to fresh snow from October through April, the perfect destination for skiing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. You can also snowshoe across the Little Missouri River and catch some wildlife in action during your trip.

When you’re in Bismarck, make your way to the Huff Hills Ski Area for downhill skiing or spend the day trekking through the Missouri River Nature Trail. Sledding is another popular winter sport here and you’ll find plenty of places to go sledding at the Tom O’ Leary Sledding Facility and Papa’s Polar Patch.

When you’re in Minot, look forward to days of snowmobiling across some of northern North Dakota’s most scenic trails. Snowmobiling season runs from early December through April here with popular sites including the Snow Trails and the Burlington Trail. Grab some ice skates to go ice skating at the Roosevelt Rink or the Corbett Field & Rink. If cross-country skiing is on the itinerary, the Souris Valley Golf Course is open to skiers during the winter season.

If you’re heading to North Dakota during the warmer months, be sure to enjoy a golf game or watch a tournament at one of several popular golf courses in the region. From Dickinson to Minot, you can put your golf skills to the test with a few rounds of golf at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora, the Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo or the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Williston. Many destinations boast beautiful views of the region and put you within easy reach of local attractions. Other golf destinations to add to your list include the Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot, the Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck — the only golf course that overlooks the Missouri River — and the Prairie West Golf course in Madan.