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Gateway to the West, North of Normal, the city that inspired an Academy Award-winning movie—Fargo has different nicknames and associations depending on who you ask, but each one captures a different side of this multifaceted North Dakota city. Shaped by its location on the former Northern Pacific Railway, its Minnesota twin city of Moorhead, and the presence of the influential North Dakota State University, Fargo today represents a cultural, economic, and educational hub of eastern North Dakota with a unique Midwestern flavor. With a wide-ranging list of attractions that spans art museums, breweries, historic landmarks, and parks, this one-of-a-kind city offers much more than may initially meet the eye.
Fargo stretches westward from the meandering Red River, whose twists and turns mark the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. Much of the action in the city centers around the Downtown and North Fargo areas, and just a stone's throw away, the city of Moorhead deserves to be considered an honorary Fargo neighborhood.
While landmarks like the historic Fargo Theatre and the Plains Art Museum are its biggest draws, Downtown Fargo abounds with lesser-known spots to dine, shop, and explore. From alleyway art to creative eateries known for specialties like elk sausage and BLT pizza, this funky area's many hidden gems are a testament to Fargo's one-of-a-kind personality.
North Fargo thrums with the energy of North Dakota State University, where over 14,000 students come to study and play each year. After scoping out the university's state-of-the-art facilities like the vibrant NDSU Downtown area and the Fargodome indoor football stadium, mosey across the street to immerse yourself in aviation history at the Fargo Air Museum.
Fargo's twin city boasts plenty of its own sights and attractions to justify a trip across the river. Admire the replica Viking ship at the Hjemkomst Center, which chronicles the area's Norwegian heritage, or peruse an impressive collection of local art at the Rourke Art Museum.
Discover a variety of things to see in Fargo to keep you entertained. At the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center, take the Celebrity Walk of Fame to check out the handprints of Jesse Ventura, Metallica, and Neil Diamond, and then snap a photo with the infamous wood chipper featured in the 1996 film Fargo. Baseball fanatics won't want to miss the Roger Maris Museum, where you can marvel at the legendary right fielder's uniforms, home run balls, and MVP awards amassed during his prolific career. For a slice of local history, travel back in time to Fargo's pioneer days at Bonanzaville, USA to step into a 19th-century prairie town recreated down to the last detail, complete with a blacksmith shop, a log cabin, a general store, and a schoolhouse.
Fargo offers activities and adventures for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts to appreciators of the arts. Take advantage of the city's many green spaces, which include parks, golf courses, and trails for everything from biking to cross-country skiing. Families will find plenty to love at the Red River Zoo, home to 89 species of animals and a vintage carousel. For more kid-friendly fun, spend an afternoon racing go-karts and playing laser tag at Thunder Road Family Fun Park. Fargo also boasts a rich variety of cultural attractions in the downtown area and beyond. Find out what's currently playing at the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre, or soak up a spellbinding classical performance from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. If you're interested in local art, explore the city's up-and-coming galleries where works from Midwestern artists take center stage. As a college town, the city also boasts its fair share of sports fans, who flock to the Fargodome to cheer on the North Dakota State Bison football team, fondly known as "The Thundering Herd." If you plan to attend a game, just make sure to purchase tickets in advance, as home games can often sell out. In the spring, don your baseball memorabilia and head to Newman Outdoor Field, home of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
You'll find plenty of fun things to do with your kids in and near Fargo. Keep the gang entertained with our family friendly experiences.
Leave your wallet in the hotel. It's possible to have a blast in Fargo without surrendering a penny.
Roger Maris Museum - Round up the whole family and set off on a fascinating adventure through history together.
North Dakota State University - Feel like you've gone back in time while ambling around this historic site.
Sanford Medical Center - Speak to a local resident and discover why many tourists drop by this place.
Capture some snaps at North Dakota State University — it's a renowned attraction.
Impress friends and family back home by capturing a selfie in front of Fargodome.
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