It has been a long winter in Fargo, and as much as we love a snow-covered tree, it's finally nice to see the sun! Several things mark the beginning of spring in Fargo, one of which is that the locals wear shorts any day that's 40°F or warmer. Beyond pale legs finally seeing the light of day, here are six telltale signs of spring in Fargo:

1. The Original Moorhead Dairy Queen

Seeing lines in front of the Moorhead Dairy Queen means spring is finally here in Fargo's sister city, Moorhead. This historic landmark has been a local favorite since it opened in the late 1940s. You have to try one of the hand-dipped Dilly Bars (invented at this shop!) and take your photo by the 16-foot-tall Dilly Bar statue while you're there.

24 8th St S, Moorhead | (218) 233-3221

2. Pictures with the murals

Once the snow clears enough to get close to the murals (or even when it hasn't), you'll start to see a bunch of pretty colors filling your Instagram feed of people taking pictures with the murals created by local artists.

Downtown Fargo

3. Patios

Once the sun comes out, the garage doors swing open, and you start seeing the crowds of people on the patios around town. Who doesn't love enjoying a local craft beer or trying local fare while also soaking in some rays?! Check out the complete guide to Fargo-Moorhead patios.

Some of our favorites: Drekker Brewing Company, Wild Terra Cider, and Lucky's 13 Pub

4. Lindenwood lift bridge

Being able to walk across the Lindenwood Lift Bridge is another great sign that spring has arrived. This bridge connects Lindenwood Park and Gooseberry Park and stretches across the Red River. When it's down and ready for use, you can walk from North Dakota into Minnesota on one of the only pedestrian bridges that stretches from one state into another!

Lindenwood Park | 1905 Roger Maris Drive, Fargo | (701) 499-6060

5. Food trucks

Food trucks are starting to show up around Fargo-Moorhead at breweries and around Downtown Fargo. With so many street foods, you'll have to get out and try one in the nice weather.

6. More dogs outside

Once the snow melts, people start getting out on the trails and sidewalks in the FM area (as they should!). This means dog-lovers can rejoice and enjoy puppy snuggles on their walks. There are also many dog-friendly places to visit if you're looking for places to bring your furry pal. 

Spring has sprung around Fargo, and these days, it means more than ever to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We hope this list will help you kick it off the right way.