13 fun things to do in Fargo this spring
Winter is finally over and it’s time to get outside. Fargo-Moorhead is full of opportunities to take advantage of a warmer temperature and the beauty of the community during spring.
We hike, run, walk, bike, canoe and explore. But there also is time for shopping, dining, art and entertainment. And we never have to travel very far to create memorable spring experiences.
Check out 13 fun things to do this spring.
1. Hiking, walking and running
There are tons of recreational trails to get you where you want to go. You can enjoy a great view of the Red River, explore neighborhoods all over Fargo-Moorhead or stroll among the tall trees downtown as you exercise. Several indoor walking paths also are available.
You’ve got tons of options whether you want a difficult trail ride on your mountain bike or a leisurely jaunt around town on your hybrid bike. MB Johnson Park in Moorhead has a four-mile, intermediate mountain bike trail, Gooseberry Mound Park has a 3-mile intermediate trail and Iwen Park recently added a 2-mile course next to the Red River. Leisurely or competitive riders in the city can get a comprehensive list of bike trails from Bike FM.
Our students also can get their biking in through Fargo’s bike share program. There are 11 stations with 100 bikes that can be rented through an on-site kiosk. It’s only $4 an hour.
3. Explore downtown
Downtown Fargo has great food, shopping, a historic theatre, a museum and a beautiful large park. About a mile-and-a-half from campus, downtown Fargo bustles with energy and activity.
4. Outdoor baseball
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are an independent league baseball team that plays on campus at Newman Outdoor Field. Games start in late April. Many in the community relish the chance to soak up the sun in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.
5. Fargo-Moorhead murals
Take a colorful Instagram selfie or admire the great locally-produced art at interactive murals in downtown Fargo. Art Alley is located at First Avenue N., between Fourth Street and Fifth Street. The alley was designated a legal street art wall in 2015. Even more street art can be found with a little downtown exploration. Be sure to stop for a selfie at the NDSU mural at the Northern Pacific Depot downtown.
6. Red River Zoo
The zoo is adding a Eurasian Lynx in April. The animals are the most far-reaching wild cats in the world. The zoo also has Red Panda, Gray Wolves, Gray Fox, Otters, several species of exotic birds and more.
7. Have a Scavenger Hunt
A fun way to discover all the great things Fargo has to offer in spring is challenging your friends to a scavenger hunt. Download an app and walk though Fargo. You’ll learn about the city’s history, solve riddles, answer trivia and earn points that could put you on the city’s leaderboard.
9. Thunder Road
Thunder Road Family Fun Park has mini golf, go-karts, bumper cars, batting cages and indoor Lazer Tag.
10. Visit Buffalo River State Park
The swimming pond opens in late May, but there is still plenty to do beforehand. You can camp, go for a hike and check out the native prairie landscape.
11. Fargo Marathon
The 16th Annual Sanford Health Fargo Marathon is scheduled for May 9. The course always is a hit with runners and spectators. There also are several fun events in the days leading up to the main event.
12. Canoe, kayak, camping
Outdoor recreation equipment is available for rent at NDSU’s Memorial Union. Canoes, kayaks, tents, sleeping supplies, backpacks and cooking supplies are available to get your spring adventure started.
Photos courtesy of Visit Fargo-Moorhead.
Feeling at Home in Fargo
We’re located on the eastern edge of North Dakota in Fargo, the state’s largest city. Together with its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota, directly across the Red River, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle.
Here are just a few of the reasons Fargo-Moorhead is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live:
- A metropolitan population of nearly 220,000, combining small-town friendliness with the cultural offerings of a large city.
- An active arts and cultural scene, including a symphony, a civic opera company, art museums, and community theatre.
- Many places to shop and eat, including numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and a newly refurbished downtown district.
- A community that’s safe and easy to get around, with free bus service for students both around campus and in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
- A growing hub for economic development that provides ample job opportunities.