Things to Do in Medora with Kids: Ultimate Family Guide

Planning a trip and looking for things to do with kids in Medora this summer?

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Heading west to Medora, ND is a must-do family vacation for everyone. So we made the planning easier for you with this helpful guide on things to do in Medora with kids!

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Stay: The most budget-friendly option is to tent at the Medora Campground, but for those who prefer an indoor option, we recommend Elkhorn Quarters.

Afternoon: Work of the wiggles from your long car ride by hiking the Maah Daah Hey Trails (free to use!). Then head to the Chateau de Mores, an historic site of a 26-room home built in 1883. Kids ages 6-15 are only $3, and ages 5 and under are free!

Evening: Head to Sheriff Bears for burgers and ice cream before catching the 6:00 p.m. show of the Great American Folk Show at the Town Square Patio. 


Morning: Have an early riser? Head to Point to Point Park at 7:30 a.m. for a guided trail hike with Teddy Roosevelt! Then head over to the Medora Children’s Park (free to play), and back to Point to Point Park to enjoy the Splash Pad, Jump Pillow, Pickleball, playground, and trails (all for free!). Other attractions (mini golf, zipline, and lazy river) are available for a fee.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon learning the history of Medora at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center (open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m) and the Von Hoffman House (open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Both are FREE admission!

Evening: Have a relaxing evening at Badlands Pizza and Saloon before tucking everyone in for the evening. 


Morning: Play a round at Bully Pulpit Golf Course where kids under age 17 play for FREE Sunday through Thursday. (Kids also play free Fridays and Saturdays after 3:00 p.m.) Then head back to town to participate in Games with the Roosevelts, which happen Wednesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the Joe Ferris General Store.

Afternoon: Visit the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, where kids get in free every Sunday and Wednesday. Head back Town Square Patio Stage in downtown Medora to catch some FREE live music! (On Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July to September.)

Evening: Make a reservation at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Kids 12 and under get free hot dog meal daily! Then attend the Medora Musical, where kids under age 17 are FREE on Sundays (and Wednesday, too)! The show is at 7:30 p.m. (there are 4 Sundays with a 5:30 p.m. show), so you may want to stay an extra night to avoid getting home late. 

Other Free Attractions
Stay: Badlands Motel

Afternoon: Be amazed at the Medora Magic Show.

Evening: Grab a burger at Sheriff Bears and enjoy the Great American Folk Show on the Town Square Patio.


Morning: While it’s cool, play a round of mini-golf at Little Bully Pulpit in Point to Point Park

Afternoon: Enjoy lunch at Badlands Pizza & Saloon. Spend the afternoon walking around town visiting unique shops and take a break at the Fudge & Ice Cream Depot. Or if it’s hot, spend the afternoon in the water enjoying a Lazy Little Mo lazy river and wade-in pool at Point to Point Park. 

Evening: Enjoy the Pitchfork Fondue and can’t be missed Medora Musical.


Attend the Gospel Brunch and pick up a souvenir or two at a nearby shop along the boardwalk before you head back to Fargo.

Stay: Medora Campground Cabins

Afternoon: Stop at the Painted Canyon Visitor’s Center just a few miles before you reach Medora. A picturesque photo op of the Badlands and lots of fun regional artifacts to get you ready for your trip. Set up camp at the Medora Campground. Take a hike up the south trail of the Maah Daah Hey for an EPIC high top panoramic view of the Little Missouri River. Maybe even dip your toes in the shallow river near camp and splash around.

Evening: Enjoy a campfire and s’mores under the stars.


Morning: Drive the scenic loop through Theodore Roosevelt National Park to spot bison, wild horses, a prairie dog town, and if you are lucky big horned sheep or maybe a mountain lion. Find a pull out and take a little hike on one of the many trails in the park.

Afternoon: Enjoy a picnic lunch at an overlook. Rent a mountain bike From Dakota Cyclery and spend some time biking the Maah Daah Hey trail or go for a swim at Point to Point Park.

Evening: Go star gazing under the wide open North Dakota sky. Inquire at a visitor center or ranger station for some great options nearby.


Morning: Play a round of golf and the famous Bully Pulpit Golf Course.Or take the new Montinue Zip Line at Point to Point Park for a ride with spectacular views.

Afternoon: Grab lunch at the Badlands Pizza Parlor before you head back to Fargo.

Stay: The Elkhorn Quarters or Conestoga Wagon

Afternoon: Let the kids run after being cooped in the car at the Medora Children’s Park. The all wooden park is filled with bridges, castles, and obstacles at the foot of beautifully formed buttes.

Evening: Grab a takeout pizza from Badlands Pizza and enjoy it on the porch of your cabin.


Morning: Book a morning trail ride through the Badlands at the Medora Riding Stables.

Afternoon: Grab a quick lunch then cool off in the air conditioning as you walk through the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Take a wild west family photo at Todd’s Old Time Photo Parlor. Bribe your kiddos to smile by promising a stop at Cowboy Lyle’s Candy Barn afterwards.

Evening: Sit down for supper at Boots Bar and Grill or the Little Missouri Saloon. 


Morning: Take a guided hike at Point to Point Park to get the wiggles out before the drive home.

Afternoon: Make a late lunch stop at the Farmhouse Café before hitting the road. 

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Whether it’s a traditional hotel, a camping spot, or even a rustic cabin or wagon, there are so many great places to stay in Medora! You can stay right in the heart of town, camp off the Maah Daah Hey Trail, or stay under the stars at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Check out lodging options here or scroll down to see a full list of places to stay in and around Medora.

It’s a must-see for any Medora vacationer – the Medora Musical! Whether you go every year or are a first-timer, this vibrant show will have you stomping your feet and clapping along with the tunes. There’s even live horses on stage, a reenactment of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous charge during the battle of San Juan Hill, and a HUGE finale with Fireworks!

A trip out west isn’t complete without a visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park! Take a guided tour, visit the Visitor’s Center, or get really adventurous with a bike ride, hike, horseback ride, or even kayaking through the park. An entrance fee is required, so make sure to plan ahead!

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Come hungry, because Medora does NOT disappoint with their food! There are so many family-friendly restaurant options it may be hard to pick which to try. From the classic Pitchfork Steak Fondue to great places for brunch and pizza (plus ice cream!), there’s plenty of options to pick from to satisfy hungry kiddos.

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From live music and reenactments to magic and kid’s shows, your trip will be full of entertainment options. There’s even an escape room and the timely classic – old time photos!

Get views you won’t see anywhere else with a family trail ride on horses. Riders must be 7 years old and at least 48 inches tall.
Scroll down for a full list of options for horseback riding.

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Playgrounds, toy stores, shows, hiking and biking, and more! There is something to do in Medora for kids of every age. Whether you’re an active family or prefer to stick in town to see the sights, you can find something to fill every day of your trip.
Scroll down to find a comprehensive list of things to do in Medora with kids!

The Badlands are full of history, and there are so many opportunities to see the old west up close. From museums and historic sites to reenactments and guided tours, you’ll dive deep into Medora history and learn something new.

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Guided hikes are a great way to see the sites, learn some history, and still get back in time to enjoy all the fun Medora has to offer. Find info on guided hikes here, or scroll down to find more hiking opportunities!

The famous Maah Daah Hey Trail is 150 miles of trails that wind through the Badlands, Little Missouri National Grasslands, private land, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You can peruse parts of the trail by hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Find their Interactive Trail Map to plan your route!


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Have questions about your trip to Medora?

There’s so much to do in the historic, quaint town! We truly want you to enjoy your trip out west, so contact the Medora team to get your questions answered.

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