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 12 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 Parkhas 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.
3. Explore downtown
Downtown Fargo has great food, shopping, an historic theater, a museum and a beautiful large park. Enjoy dinner on a patio at one of many downtown Fargo restaurants. 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 early May. 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. Shop local spring markets
Stop by the Junkin’ Market Days April 7-8 to shop re-purposed, vintage and unique goods. The event will feature clothing, jewelry, home decor, furniture and gourmet foods.
Shop Red River Spring Market vendors outdoors before the local summer market begins. This outdoor event on April 23 will feature pantry items, household goods, baked goods, art, hot food, beverages and live music.
Wild Terra’s Spring Vintage Market will feature the best the midwest has to offer of retro and vintage clothing, decor, vinyl and furniture. Enjoy live music and food trucks at the market on April 30.
7. NDSU Prom
Purchase a ticket for NDSU Prom on April 23 hosted by NDSU Student Government. Dance the night away and enjoy Deek’s Pizza, MacDaddy’s Mac-N-Cheese and Sandy’s Donuts. The event will feature professional photography and a live DJ. Tickets are $10 for NDSU students and $15 for non-NDSU students.
9. Thunder Road
Thunder Road Family Fun Park has mini golf, go-karts, bumper cars, batting cages and indoor Laser 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 Essentia Health Fargo Marathon course offers 26.2 miles (Or 13.1 if you opt for our half marathon) of a town-wide cheering section and more than 50 live bands and DJs to keep you motivated throughout the race on May 21. There also are several fun events, including a FurGo Dog Run, in the days leading up to the main event.
12. Canoe, kayak, camping
Outdoor recreation equipment is available for rent at NDSU’s Wallman Wellness Center. Canoes, kayaks, tents, sleeping supplies, backpacks and cooking supplies are available to get your spring adventure started.