By Chris La Porte


Your new installation at Minot Air Force Base is surrounded by the beautiful North Dakota wilderness. Only 13 miles north of Minot, North Dakota, at Minot AFB, you will have plenty of options of things to do both in the city of Minot and in the surrounding countryside. There’s everything from youth programs, to sports, outdoor entertainment, and travel with the Minot AFB MWR. And in winter, be ready for plenty of winter sports activities too. The community in the area is welcoming and has a great working relationship with personnel from the base. We have organized activities into categories below; click any of them to jump to the section if you already know what you want to do around Minot AFB. (1-3) Minot AFB Golf (4-6) Minot AFB Gyms (7-8) Minot AFB Theaters (9-10) Minot AFB Bowling Alleys (11-14) Minot AFB Outdoor Rec (15-17) Minot AFB Museums

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Minot AFB Golf Course

1. Minot AFB Rough Rider Golf Course

220 Golf Drive Minot AFB, ND 58704


: 1 (701) 723-3164 Right near the base, Rough Rider Golf Course is a nine-hole course off of US Highway 83. Also offered at the now publicly accessible course is a driving range, putting green, chipping green, and picnic area. And you have access to a clubhouse, pro shop, and lounge.


2. Vardon Golf Club
7101 Co Hwy. 15 Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 858-0312 Host of a premiere event on the Dakotas Tour, Vardon Golf Club is one of the finest courses in the upper Midwest. This challenging 18-hole course also includes a clubhouse with a bar and grill.


3. Wildwood Country Club
8401 County Rd. 15 W. Burlington, ND 58722


: 1 (701) 725-4653 With amazing views along the Souris River, the Wildwood Country Club provides some fantastic golf outings. Membership is not necessary to enjoy any of the many amenities at Wildwood. Currently, there are 12 holes open to the public. Minot AFB Gym

Minot AFB Gym

4. McAdoo Fitness Center

58705, 220 Tanker Trail Minot AFB, ND 58704


: 1 (701) 723-2145 On base, The McAdoo Sports and Fitness Center contributes to the quality of life and readiness of all personnel. The Fitness Center offers a wide range of activities for both fitness and recreation.


5. ASK Fitness
3516 N. Broadway Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 839-3139 A 24-hour gym, ASK Fitness is locally owned and operated in Minot. ASK Fitness offers a wide variety of amenities like personal training, hydromassage, tanning, and a Kid Zone. They also provide specific sports fitness training and Kinetics year-round.
6. Anytime Fitness
1100 N Broadway Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 838-3333 Anytime Fitness is another 24-hour gym that provides fitness beyond just the walls of the building. They help you create a complete fitness and wellness plan that incorporates nutrition and recovery while keeping you motivated with personal coaching. Minot AFB Theater

Minot AFB Theater

7. Minot AFB Theater

Minot AFB, ND 58704


: 1 (701) 723-3802 A part of the Minot AFB base exchange, Minot AFB Theaters provides both current blockbusters and popular past movies in their lineup of screenings.


8. AMC Dakota Square 9
2400 10th Street SW. Dakota Sq. Mall Minot, ND 58701


: 1 (701) 839-4123 The AMC Dakota Square 9 is a cineplex with 3D and jumbo digital screens showing current blockbuster films, opera productions, and sports events.

Minot AFB Bowling Alley

9. Rough Rider Lanes

210 Peacekeeper Pl. Minot AFB, ND 58704


: 1 (701) 727-4715 A 22-lane bowling center, the Rough Rider Lanes is complete with Pro Shop, cafe, lounge, arcade, and a cosmic bowling program. As one of the most active recreational outlets on base, you can find an assortment of leagues to fit your particular experience and interest level.


10. North Hill Bowl
1901 N Broadway # A, Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 852-4108 A great place to bring the whole family, North Hill Bowl has many amenities, including rooms and packages for birthday parties. There’s a variety of leagues to join, full restaurant, Pro Shop, and lounge. Minot AFB Outdoor Rec

Minot AFB Outdoor Rec


11. Polaris Park
712 26th Ave. NW. Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 857-4136 This great little park is a mainstay of the community in northern Minot. Polaris Park has a disk golf course, baseball field, hockey rink, tennis courts, and picnic shelters for reservation. Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed.
12. 11th & 11th Park
11th st 11th ave NW, Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 857-4136 A great place to bring the whole family, 11th and 11th Park has all the amenities you could want from a park. This park offers horseshoe courts, a playground, a swing set, and picnic shelters.
13. Woodland Trail
420 3rd AVE SW Minot, ND 58701


: 1 (701) 857-4136 The Woodland Trail in Minot is a scenic walking route that follows alongside the Souris River, giving you a wonderful feeling of being out in nature amongst the trees.
14. Rice Lake Campground
179-199 156th St. SW. Minot, ND 58701 Rice Lake camping provides an escape into nature that’s only about 30 minutes out of Minot. You can spend up to three consecutive nights camping there, but it’s first-come, first-serve with no way to make reservations. There are swimming beaches, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, bonfire pits, picnic tables, a fishing pier, and a boat ramp.

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Minot AFB Museums


15. Dakota Territory Air Museum
100 34th Ave. NE. Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 852-8500 The Dakota Territory Air Museum features exhibits with historical military and civilian aircraft plus historic aviation photos and memorabilia. Founded in 1986, the museum evolved into a historical depository honoring the men, women, and machines that have impacted the history of aviation.
16. Taube Museum of Art
2 Main St N. Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 838-4445 The long-standing Taube Museum of Art features a small but prized collection of contemporary art and sculpture.
17. Railroad Museum of Minot
19 1st St NE, Minot, ND 58703


: 1 (701) 852-7091 The Railroad Museum of Minot is an exhibit that features historic train engines, memorabilia, and other historical displays of railroad history. Be sure to plan to go on the weekend because it is only open on Saturdays.


Whether you like to relax and fish the afternoon away or enjoy exploring the history of aviation at the Dakota Territory Air Museum, we are sure that your posting at Minot AFB will be surrounded by plenty of things to do. You will find your favorite spots, and be sure to talk to the locals for more great things to do around Minot AFB.

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