Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center

North Dakota Heritage Center
North Dakota Heritage Center

One last ND outing with little Miss Piper.  This time we planned to tour the State Capitol grounds.  We made it through most of the Heritage Center before she decided that it was time to go home. Not bad for a 3-year-old. 

Piper seemed to have a soft spot for the bison.

Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center

Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center

But she was afraid of the dinosaurs, even the one where the prehistoric bison was taking out some bad dinosaur cats.

Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center

Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center
Mastadon
Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center
Crocodile

This was more her speed… 

Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center
See the little plaque about what a Bison smells like? It smells bad, really bad.
Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center
The North Dakota Capitol Building–the tallest building in North Dakota, and that’s Sakakawea with her infant in front of it.

Next year we’ll start out in the capitol building.  There are tours every hour.

Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center
These lovely flowers are in front of the capitol.

 One more shot of the building.

Out and About: North Dakota Heritage Center

Just a little trivia, Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and the second largest city in the state.  In 2012, the entire state had a population of 699,628.  The Bismarck Metro Area which includes the city of Mandan has 120,060 residents and growing because of the oil boom.

The Tampa Bay Metro area (including HIllsborough, PInellas, Pasco and Hernando counties) has over 4.2 million.  

And that’s one of the many reasons to love Bismarck!

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