10 Fun Things in Fargo, North Dakota
We headed north for our last 2021 camping trip with Poppy the Popup. We were so excited to cross off a new state and could not wait to explore all the fun things and great attractions to do in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo reminded me a lot of Des Moines and it truly is a great place for families to visit and explore. I have gathered 10 of the best things you should see, eat, drink and do on your next trip to Fargo, North Dakota, and nearby Moorhead, Minnesota.
Downtown Fargo is a hopping scene and probably contains about 20 things to do in itself while visiting. You could easily spend an entire weekend enjoying everything Downtown Fargo has to offer. Everything from shopping, the historic buildings, to eating (check out Black Coffee + Waffles!), the Red River Market every Saturday during the Summer and early Fall, and so much more.
Our favorite area was Broadway Square which was considered the “center” of Downtown Fargo. They had a small stage, an artificial grassy area, fun little seats for kids to play on, tables, and chairs. It is a great place to meet friends and family.
Also to note! We came across Insomnia Cookies when we were walking around downtown and they are SO GOOD! Ooey, gooey, and warm. If you are local to Des Moines, you will be excited to hear we now have a location in downtown Des Moines. Go check them out!
Fargo Air Museum
The Fargo Air Museum was on my Fargo bucket list. I was not 100% sure how interested the kids would be, but they loved it! We were all in awe of the real planes and learning the stories behind each one. I have always had a love for United States history and the Fargo Air Museum is full of beautiful stories. The kids also really enjoyed “flying” a real plan with virtual reality. It was fun to watch them experience this fun activity and ask questions. The staff are full of knowledge and are excited to share it with you. This is a must-stop for the entire family!
I love a good mural. When traveling I am always on the hunt for THE best photo opp to capture the city we are exploring. Fargo-Moorhead has a strong mural game. Our favorite was the Mario Wall (obviously). I love how they are not just amazing artwork, but they invite you to get involved!
Junkyard Brewing Company + Sol Ave. Kitchen
Like to try local brews? Love fun and fresh eats? Junkyard Brewing Company and Sol Ave. Kitchen is a great stop for lunch. These two are located right next door to each other in Moorhead, Minnesota. Just across the river from Fargo. They have a beautiful outdoor area, fun vibes, and unique beers. We loved everything we tried and foodies will LOVE everything Sol Ave. Kitchen serves up. We tried the Blistered Shishito Peppers and several of their unique tacos.
Space Aliens Grill & Bar
If you are looking for a fun lunch or dinner spot, Space Aliens Grill & Bar is the place to go! The entire restaurant is decorated is apace themed with aliens all over. The whole family will love all the arcade games that are available for all ages, and fun themed drinks for children and adults. The food was good too! Space Aliens Grill & Bar is not far from Red River Zoo. You can schedule a whole fun day by visiting the zoo first and grabbing lunch here afterward!
Fargo District Parks
Fargo, North Dakota offers some amazing public parks. Fargo Park District consists of parks such as Lindenwood Park, Island Park, and so many more. Rent bikes, explore nature trails, go hiking, or enjoy outdoor family activities and special events put on by Fargo Park District. While we were in town we made a visit to Rheault Farm for a fun fall festival, Fall in Fargo. We found some pumpkins for our campsite and played some fun games. It was a fun fall day full of fun activities!
Red River Zoo
Whenever we visit a new state or city, we always look to see if they have a zoo to visit. Red River Zoo may not be the biggest zoo (I would compare it to Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines), but it is a great place to learn about the native animals, endangered species, and play! Our favorite animals were the wolves, they were very active and they have always been a favorite of Monte. We also loved the prairie dogs exhibit which was fun to watch them busy at work and the bald eagles were pretty neat too! Red River Zoo is located in West Fargo. I would plan 2-3 hours of your day to explore all the fun.
Roger Maris Museum
The Roger Maris Museum was one spot we did not get a chance to visit, but if you are a baseball fan this is the perfect place for you to visit! If you are not familiar with Roger Maris, he was a Major League Baseball player who had a record 61 home runs during the 1961 season for the New York Yankees. Roger Maris Museum is located in West Acres Mall and offers free admission! There is a video room, a replica of Roger’s Yankee Baseball Stadium monument, a replica of Rogers 1961 locker, and several other displays and artifacts.
While you are visiting the Fargo-Moorhead area you may see a bright orange Sandy’s Donuts van driving around. If you love donuts and a huge sugar rush you will want to check out this popular place. They offer fun, over-the-top donuts, and really good coffee too. Everyone wins with breakfast at Sandy’s Donuts.
Thunder Road Family Fun Park
If you are in Fargo from May through November head to South Fargo for a day of fun at Thunder Road Family Fun Park! This attraction has everything from laser tag, batting cages, mini golf, bumper cars, go-karts, and so much more! There are different types of family activities no matter your age.