North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo is nestled in the state’s southeast corner near the Minnesota border, where it joins neighboring Moorhead to form the region’s agricultural capital and its most important shipping and processing centers. Founded in 1872 as a train depot for the fertile Red River Valley, the city was named by the Northern Pacific Railroad Company to honor William G. Fargo of Wells Fargo & Company. While modern Fargo bears little resemblance to the canvas tent and plankwood town of yore, a pioneer spirit continues to thrive in the hearts and souls of its citizens, who have managed to attract such major industries as Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions, Bobcat, American Crystal Sugar, and the Case Corporation. Since Fargo was the hometown of Yankee and Cardinal slugger Roger Maris, baseball fans should stop by the museum dedicated to him at West Acres Mall. Of course, the Fargodome is a major presence too, and with its concerts, trade shows, arena football, and rodeo, you can always count on something going on in Fargo.
Things to do in Fargo and Moorhead
Fargo Air Museum
The Fargo Air Museum – Our Planes Fly! The skies are always blue inside the Fargo Air Museum home to the only flying F2G-1D Super Corsair in the world, one of four flying Japanese Zero’s in the world, the DC – 3 “Duggy -The Smile in the Sky” airplane, P – 51 Mustangs, Corsair, TBM Avenger, Stearman and other vintage flying airplanes! Interactive children’s exhibits, operations theater, Century of Aviation Wall, restoration area, rotating exhbits and an extensive gift shop offer a pleasant surpirse for families, group tours and visitors to the region. There is always something new flying into the Fargo Air Museum.
1609 19th Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102
Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center
See how one man’s dream became a reality. Robert Asp of Moorhead dreamed of building a replica Viking Ship and sailing it to Norway, the land of his ancestors. Photographs, recordings and an award-winning documentary chronicles the construction of the 76-foot, hand-built Viking ship Hjemkomst and its incredible 6,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic in 1982. The ship is on display at the Center, along with other national traveling exhibits. Handicap Access, Gift Shop, On-Site Motor Coach Parking, Admission Charged, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, On-Site Automobile Parking, Restrooms, Credit Cards Accepted, Member of the Red River Area Attractions.
202 First Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560
Plains Art Museum
This strikingly unconventional museum of fine arts is a brilliantly renovated, turn-of-the-century warehouse in historic downtown Fargo. The Plains Art Museum hosts regional and national exhibits, large permanent collections, special events, performances and art classes. The museum also includes a cafe and store. Handicap Access, Refreshments, On-Site Motorcoach Parking, Admission Charged, Guided Tours Available, Self-Guided Tours, On-Site Automobile Parking, Restrooms, Credit Cards Accepted, Member of Red River Area Attractions
704 1st Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102
Red River Zoo
A state-of-the-art zoo with 60 animal species on more than 30 acres of natural habitat. Children will enjoy the animal petting areas and a ride on the restored 1928 Diederich Family Carousel. Handicap Access, Refreshments, Gift Shop, On-Site Motorcoach Parking, Admission Charged, On-Site Automobile Parking, Restrooms, Seasonal Opening, Credit Cards Accepted, Member of Red River Area Attractions.
4220 21st Ave. S.
Fargo, ND 58104
Gear-Passion-Sports. Each Scheels Store offers something a bit different to make your visit unique. Enjoy the trophy mounted wildlife, ride the 12-car Ferris Wheel, Test your skills in the shooting gallery or on the sports simulator games. Spend an hour, or spend the day, there is something for everyone at Scheels.
1551 45th St. SW
Fargo, ND 5810
West Acres Shopping Center
The largest shopping center in the region. West Acres has over 120 stores and restaurants addition to Herbergers, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears department stores. West Acres is newly renovated and has a 750 seat Food Court with fireplace, the Prehistoric Playland kids play area and is home to the Roger Maris Museum.
3902 13th Ave. S
Phone: (701) 282-2222
For more things to do and see, visit the Fargo/Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau.