Visit the Worlds Largest Bison, North Dakota

Add the World’s Largest Bison to your road side attractions list. There is more to discover here than just on large bison.

A regular bison is huge. So, just how big is the World’s Largest Bison? Did you know it’s right in North Dakota? Or how easy it is to find it?

Dakota Thunder

Name: Dakota Thunder received his name in 2010 after a naming contest.

Height: 26 feet

Weight: 60 tons

Year Built: 1959

Viewer Discretion Advised: He is… detailed. Hahaha!


Address: 404 Louis L’Amour Lane, Jamestown, ND 58401

The monument can be seen from the Interstate 94 heading west. Take exit 258 toward Jamestown. Turn right onto US 52 and another right onto Louis L’Amour Lane. The monument will be at the end of Louis L’Amour Lane.


Travel back in time to the old village surrounding the massive monument. The historic village provides visitors with a sense of how life was in the pioneer days about the west. There are interactive exhibits, a play area, historic buildings, an old General Store and so much to learn. Cruise down the old “Main Street” to discover the history of Jamestown.

Our little guy’s favorite activity was the water pump. He was so excited to discover that he could do it all by himself. It’s the little things.

Bison Museum

The National Buffalo Museum sits just beside the monument and is home to a small herd of bison. Visitors can tour the museum for a small entrance fee and learn much about the American Bison. The gift shop is a great place to stop for souvenirs.


Summer: 10am-6pm Daily

March-Memorial Day & Labor Day-October: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

Winter: (Nov-Feb) Tues-Sat. 10am-5pm

Fees: $8 per adult, $6 children, 5 and under are free

On the backside of the museum, visitors can observe the herd from the viewing deck. Be aware: Do Not Pet the fluffy cows. There are signs indicating a warning about climbing the fence and disturbing the bison.

Tip: They have a penny machine. That is one of our go-to souvenirs on trips. It costs $0.51, the kids can have fun making them, and they’re fun to collect in special books.


Jamestown is a perfect road trip pit stop, not just for the bison. While here, take the opportunity to refuel the road trip car and grab a bite to eat. There are several gas stations and quick locations to grab lunch.

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