Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, put Williston on the map in 2014 when it was recognized as the fastest growing economy in the United States. Located right in the heart of North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch, the economy in Williston boomed, reaching an estimated 67 percent from 2010 to 2014.
Whether you’re flying to the jet charter airport in Williston for oil-related business or not, the city offers visitors plenty of recreation activities to enjoy while in the area. Even though there’s no way to hang ten on the waves of the Atlantic ocean right in Williston, surfers rejoice with Flow Rider, an indoor surfing simulator. In the same building, you’ll also find an indoor waterpark, batting cages and golf simulator. It’s the perfect place to visit on a rainy or gloomy day.
And when the sun is shining? Head over to the 18-hole Eagle Ridge Golf Club. If you’re short on time, the 9-hole Williston Municipal Golf Course is a wonderful alternative. If you’re in the mood to practice your shooting skills, the Painted Woods Sporting Complex offers up a plethora of targets to aim at and weapons to point at.
History buffs will likely find something interesting at the Fort Buford State Historic Park, the site of the surrender of Sitting Bull. There’s also the Fort Union Trading Post, located on the shores of the Missouri River. Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post in the area and is teeming with local lore and history.
At the end of the day, we recommend finishing your day of exploring with a fabulous meal at Eleven Restaurant & Lounge. It’s the perfect place to sip on your favorite beverage while reflecting on your stay in Williston.