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8 Free And Cheap Things To Do In Medora, North Dakota

    Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota. It’s the only incorporated place in Billings County serving as its seat. The small town only has around 120 residents.

     

    The city is surrounded by the Little Missouri National Grassland and Theodore Roosevelt National Park making it a destination for travelers.

    Below are some cheap and free things to do during your visit.

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park: The south Unit of this national park can be found bordering the city of Medora. Great hikes take visitors through the Great Plains and rugged Badlands of the state. Herds of bison, bands of wild horses, and prairie dog towns are common encounters while in the park.

    We stayed in Cottonwood Campground inside the park during our visit and had a great time.

     

    North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame: Founded in 1995, this institution is dedicated to honoring and preserving the history and heritage of the North Dakota cowboy and ranching culture.

    Exhibits, displays, and artifacts are related to North Dakota’s cowboy and ranching history as well as the lives of North Dakota’s Native Americans, homesteaders, and ranchers.

    Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and children 17 and under are free.

    Billings County Courthouse Museum: While exploring the city stop into this museum, which also serves as a visitor center, and learn about the history of the area.

    Visitors can view the restored courtroom and jail and view a collection of exhibits on frontier, farm and ranch memorabilia, western firearms, and other pioneer artifacts.

    It is open seasonally and admission is $2.

     

    Chimney Park Historic Picnic Area: This free park was once the site of the Marquis de Mores’ meatpacking plant. Walk around the ruins and take time to read the informational boards for history on the plant and area.

    There are numerous picnic shelters under cottonwood trees nestled alongside the Little Missouri River to enjoy a picnic when you’re done exploring.

    Harold Schafer Heritage Center: Harold Schafer was a famous businessman in North Dakota. Through exhibits, this center tells the story of how he made his money from products such as Mr. Bubble and Snowy Bleach and his philanthropic work.

    It is open seasonally and admission is free.

     

    Point to Point Park: Soar on the zipline, play minigolf, or float the lazy river at this downtown Medora Park. It’s open seasonally and prices vary depending on which activity you would like to participate in (typically $10-$15).

    We love playing mini-golf but unfortunately, it was closed during our visit.

    Chateau de Mores State Historic Site: Visitors can learn more about the life of Marquis de Mores at his 26-room home built in 1883, now turned into a museum. History Alive! programs are presented on weekends on the porch.

    It is open seasonally and admission is $10.

     

    De Mores Memorial Park: Located in downtown Medora, the park has a bronze statue of the Marquis de Mores. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.

    For more information on anything listed above click on the link for my full post. We didn’t get to explore as much as our usual trips because of the time of year and establishments being closed.

     

    There are multiple places in town to eat and shop at including the Medora Fudge & Ice Cream Deport, Badlands Pizza & Saloon!, and The Buffalo Gap Gift Shop.

     

    Visitors can also hike, bike, and horseback ride the 150-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail through the Badlands, Little Missouri National Grasslands, private land, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

     

    For the music lovers out there the Medora Musical is an outdoor Country Western Music Revue produced each summer at the open-air Burning Hills Amphitheater.

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