One of the main attractions to living in a place like this is the beauty of the scenery. There is no better place to soak it up than in one of their many parks and green spaces. The most popular one nearby has to be Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. It not only houses running trails, beautiful hiking paths, and nature views, but also contains the partial reconstruction of Fort Abraham Lincoln, the last stronghold for General George Custer before the fateful battle at Little Bighorn. It is a great way to get a little history in with your exercise.
A Day at the Theatre
Bismarck is not all cold weather and outdoors. There is more than meets the eye in this city when it comes to the arts. The Belle Mehus Auditorium has been playing host to a number of traveling shows and local theater as well since 1914. The Northern Plains Dance Company routinely performs, as well as the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. Both area great date ideas for a more formal night on the town. If dance and orchestra are not your thing, there are still plenty of options with multiple theater companies in the area.
An Outdoorsman's Para
One of the pastimes that locals enjoy is getting out in nature and enjoying a nice weekend camping, fishing, and hunting. Most of the game you can track here are deer, pheasant, and waterfowl, and even quail. If fishing is more your thing, there are plenty of public docks along the Missouri River, and fishing is one of the few licenses that allow you to do it year round. When you are done for the day and have caught or bagged your limit, take a load off at the picnic facilities at General Sibley Park nearby, and pop a cold one.