Top 10 Things to do in Jamestown, United States

February 19, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.
Restaurants in Jamestown

1. National Buffalo Museum

500 17th St SW, Jamestown, ND 58401-5433 +1 701-252-8648
Excellent
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4 based on 185 reviews

National Buffalo Museum

Reviewed By Bobby B - Merrimack, New Hampshire

We visited late afternoon on Labor Day. The 15 minute movie was very informative with many historical facts. The exhibits were tastefully done. The old rifle cases were the most unique part. I had not appreciated the size and weight of these weapons. We visited the gift shop, taking home a framed Buffaol art print and the usual gifts for our grand kids. Spend at least an hour. Easy parking, walk up to giant buffalo.

2. Frontier Village

17th St SE, Jamestown, ND +1 701-320-2725
Excellent
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4 based on 164 reviews

Frontier Village

Reviewed By BATC1 - Galveston, Indiana

If you have kids and need a drive break this would be a nice choice. It's free, you get to walk up to the giant buffalo statue, there is a buffalo herd overlook but they are not always visible from the overlook. The access to the buffalo museum is on the same property but we did not do that. Even if you don't have kids you might enjoy a quick walk through.

3. Stutsman County Memorial Museum

321 3rd Ave SE, Jamestown, ND 58401-4208
Excellent
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5 based on 18 reviews

Stutsman County Memorial Museum

In the historic Lutz Mansion, an Arts and Crafts style residence, the Stutsman County Memorial Museum houses a wealth of antiques and other memorabilia that celebrate the lifestyles of the area's early settlers. Admission is free and the site is open from late May through the end of September. The museum also hosts front porch chats throughout the summer season.

Reviewed By Kirk M - Edmonton, Canada

This was a really pleasant way to spend part of an afternoon, moreso because I was the only visitor there for the entire time, and also because the volunteer at the desk [an older man] was most helpful in telling me about the house's history, and pointed out various displays and single objects that had interesting stories behind them.
The museum is in a somewhat residential area and is a huge red-brick mansion of 4 floors, plus a large basement and huge front porch. It is furnished with original 1900s-1910s objects to give an authentic feel of when the owner---a lumber baron from Germany, George Lutz, and his family---lived there. There are lots of polished wood stairs to climb, and creaky floorboards, as well as glowing stained-glass windows!
My favourite rooms were the small, crowded kitchen and pantry, containing the "newest" appliances from 1900 to the 1950s! The dining room has a surrounding wall mural showing Black Forest scenes from George Lutz's homeland. There's also a room dedicated to former Jamestown resident, the jazz singer Peggy Lee. The museum also houses local archives of the area.The nicest thing about this museum was that none of the rooms were roped off, so you can wander at will. Be sure and look at the pretty white gazebo on the museum's grounds.
All in all, much better than so many other "historic house" museums!

4. Saint James Basilica

622 1st Ave S, Jamestown, ND 58401-4648 +1 701-252-0119
Excellent
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Saint James Basilica

Reviewed By drd7575 - Fargo, North Dakota

Diversity Management: "means the pursuing of an inclusive culture in which new comers feel welcome". The Basilica fails in this area. The Basilica itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and I guess worth looking at in that regard. However the "family" housed in this house of God are a poor excuse for religious leaders and congregational family. I have been Catholic my entire life. We moved here last year and were excited to join the Basilica but no one welcomed us, we even got dirty looks for congregation members as if to say "what are YOU doing here". The main Priest is only interested in families with money and will also treat people like outcasts unless they can offer some type of financial, social or political gain for him. We are by no means poor, my family actually comes from a decent amount of money, but here in Jamestown there are some living in the newly obtained extravagance of oil money and new business. These types have no idea how to show class and fall under the category of "new money" at its worst. It really makes the town feel cheep. I did not want to raise my child in this environment nor have her believe that this is how Christians act, so we changed to a Lutheran church in town and there, we are family as a congregation should be. The "Basilica group of Jamestown ND"...caused me to change my denomination. Only way I could praise God and tolerate living here.This elite group thinks they run the town but what they don't know is that the rest of the town...cant stand any of them.

5. Jamestown Speedway

19th St NW, Jamestown, ND
Excellent
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Jamestown Speedway

The Jamestown Speedway holds stock car races every Saturday May through August at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. Annual events include the Labor Day Special and the Stockcar Stampede.

Reviewed By brillo6510 - Jamestown, North Dakota

if you like racing, the speedway can be a fun little evening activity. concessions and the like, it's a little redneck but a good time :)

6. Freds den

113 1st Ave S, Jamestown, ND 58401-4248
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5 based on 4 reviews

Freds den

Reviewed By Mgrotrian - Jamestown, North Dakota

This the cheers of Jamestown. Superior service in a town that lacks it! This is the best stop in town. The atmosphere is top notch and I love the wittiness!

7. The Arts Center

115 2nd St SW, Jamestown, ND 58401-4114 +1 701-251-2496
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

The Arts Center

The Jamestown Fine Arts Association (aka: The Arts Center) is an exciting place where you can be engaged in the arts-whether you are a visual artist, actor, writer, student, audience member or supporter.We provide a wide variety of arts activities, exposure and experience for every age group and skill level. There is always something going on here at The Arts Center.Gallery Admission: FREE Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pmother times by appointmentABOUT USThe Arts Center is operated by the Jamestown Fine Arts Association, which has been promoting the arts in the Jamestown area since 1964.Located in the heart of downtown, the main building features an exhibition gallery, performance stage, classroom and offices. The Art Park, a beautiful garden and green space, was added in 2000. Plans are underway make this a small, outdoor performance and display space. Throughout the summer and fall, gardening activities and youth programming make the park a beehive of activity. The Hansen Arts Building, our adjacent building, houses the ceramics studio and adult classroom space.The Arts Center is a spot for local artists to share their talents as well as a performance and exhibition location for artists from around the world to show their talents to the Jamestown community.Jamestown Fine Arts Association also operates the Ila & J.A. Kirkpatrick Gallery at the Frontier Village in Jamestown. The gallery is open each summer and is operated by the Artisans, a volunteer artist group.

Reviewed By MSTRLEE

Jamestown has a population of ~15,000 within 12+ square miles. The streets are full of bars and several churches with various apartment/furniture stores and such in between. In the middle of it all lays the Art Center, which coincidentally rest right in between of 2 bars (at least when I visited last).

Attending a comedy of nuns making wine, the Art Center went all out to make people feel welcome there. Dining tables were laid out well for a good view of the stage and performers. Food was excellent and they even had bottles of wine on each table to go with the theme of the show. Everything was just perfect!

I don't recall the name of the show, nor the actors or even the specific dish I ate... What I do remember, that has since been the lasting impression were the people. There was an atmosphere of comfort, kind of like going to a big family reunion where everyone was excited to be there. The hosts, servers, performers and the several strangers I was able to converse with, laugh with and enjoy the evening and experience with still make me smile thinking about it.

Having The Arts Center in the middle of an isolated town in North Dakota, is like finding a almost random seeming daisy in the middle of a desert. It serves the purpose of enhancing the view of the surrounding landscape as well as providing an alternative to going to a bar to hang out. With it's many classes, performances and activities, The Art Center is definitely a place you'll want to check out.

8. Trail of Louis L'Amour

404 Louis Lamoure Ln, Downtown Jamestown, Jamestown, ND 58401-6455 +1 701-251-9145
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4 based on 4 reviews

Trail of Louis L'Amour

Reviewed By Heather M - Winnipeg, Canada

Saw the signs for the world's largest buffalo and hometown of writer Louis L'Amour. It's free to get in,but donations are appreciated. I loved the small town that was set up with a post office, dentist, church, antique store, printshop, etc There were wagon tours with horses too. This buffalo is huge! It's a fun kitschy place to visit. It's beautiful there. There are also bison/buffalo on the site too. If you enjoy "world's largest" sites then stop here to break up the tedium of the road and learn some history too.

9. Visitors Information Center

404 Louis Lamoure Ln, Jamestown, ND 58401-6455 +1 800-222-4766
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5 based on 2 reviews

The Jamestown Tourism Visitors' Information Center is open year-round to help tourists find information on all the attractions, lodging, campgrounds, restaurants and anything else in the Jamestown and Stutsman County areas of North Dakota. The center is located just outside the gates to the Frontier Village, near the World's Largest Buffalo and the National Buffalo Museum.

Reviewed By abbynormal1971 - Bottineau, North Dakota

The Staff will Answer all of your questions about the various tourists attractions in Jamestown and will either recommend or not recommend restaurants, hotels/motels and attractions. I admire people who are honest with you and this staff does just that!!! BRAVO

10. North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame

212 3rd Ave NE, Jamestown, ND 58401-3381 +1 701-252-8088
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3.5 based on 4 reviews

The North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, located in the Jamestown Civic Center, is a tribute to the greatest names in sports that the state has produced. The homerun king Roger Maris and basketball coaching legend Phil Jackson are a couple of the highlights.

Reviewed By WeOwnAFatCat - Florence, Arizona

Located inside the Jamestown Civic Center it's an area set aside for pictures, trophies, bats, etc. relevant to athlete from North Dakota. Some surprising people have commemorative items in these cases. There was even a snack bar up there and the hot dogs are pretty good, too!

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