North of Normal

Experience the true Fargo

Fargo consists of three cities in two states – so it’s no wonder our reputation is a little off-kilter. We owe a lot to our northern prairie locale. Our adventurous, pioneering spirit is alive and well. You’ll find a unique mix of Midwestern gregariousness and quiet strength. Ingenuity, vision, and down-to-earth practicality define our distinct prairie soul. Experience North, North of Normal.

The Visitors Guide is the place to find insider tips, local favorites, and what’s happening during your next visit. 

The official Fargo-Moorhead Dining Guide is a complete list of all of the local restaurants in Fargo-Moorhead.

North of Normal Things to Do

Downtown Fargo Experiences

Downtown Fargo is a vibrant destination featuring iconic attractions like the Fargo Theatre, numerous novelties, and various local restaurants. Start exploring Main & Broadway, the heart of Downtown Fargo for easy navigation.

Indulge your culinary cravings in the diverse food scene along Downtown Broadway. The options are plentiful, from upscale dining at Rosewild and Prairie Kitchen to casual bites at JL Beers and Vinyl Taco. Don’t miss Thaikota, Beer & Fish Company, Wurst Bier Hall, Ishtar Mediterranean, and BernBaum’s unique culinary offerings. Sweeten your visit with treats from gourmet ice cream shops like The Silver Lining Creamery and Tea & Crepe Cafe.

Downtown Fargo’s shopping scene spans local boutiques, vintage stores, and unique finds. Explore clothing boutiques like The Mason Jar Boutique and Kindred People, or dive into vintage treasures at Revolver and Violet Vintage. MINT + BASIL, Scribble Lady, Prairie Petals, and Botanical Brothers offer a delightful shopping experience for home decor and plant enthusiasts.

Indulge in Downtown Fargo’s nightlife with classy cocktails at Mezzaluna or live music at Dempsey’s and The Aquarium. Beer enthusiasts can savor local brews at Wurst Bier HallJL BeersRhombus GuysDrekker Brewing Company, and Fargo Brewing Company. Whether you prefer relaxed hangouts or dive bars, Downtown Fargo has something for everyone, making it a must-visit destination.

Shopping Experiences

Fargo offers a diverse shopping scene catering to various interests and preferences. For outdoor enthusiasts, the largest Scheels Sporting Goods in the region is a must-visit, providing a comprehensive selection of hunting, fishing, sports, and outdoor gear. If you’re a fan of name brands, West Acres Shopping Center, the largest mall for miles and popular stores, awaits along 13th Ave. For those seeking vintage treasures, Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo are dotted with antique stores and thrift shops, offering diverse, unique finds.

Downtown Fargo is a walkable haven for those looking to elevate their style. It's a hotspot for fashion enthusiasts with an array of clothing boutiques, home goods stores, gift shops, and a vibrant metropolitan culture. Explore the abundance of shopping options at Fargo, and you’ll surely find something that suits your preferences.

Brewhalla is one of the coolest one-stop shops in the Fargo-Moorhead area. There are great local shopping experiences at UngluedPlant Supply, and Bark’n Biscuits, plus you can grab a Drekker beer or glass of wine while you shop the market.

Outdoor Adventurers

Fargo, despite its flat prairie surroundings, offers an abundance of outdoor activities for enthusiasts. From kayaking and fishing along the river that separates North Dakota and Minnesota to cross-country skiing, golfing, ice skating, mountain biking, and exploring numerous parks, the city provides a diverse range of options. The expansive open sky and lack of tall summits mean you can enjoy outdoor adventures without concerns about altitude sickness.

During winter, Fargo transforms into a haven for outdoor wintry fun. The cold weather and occasional snowfall add to the excitement, making it an ideal destination for those seeking winter activities. From fat tire biking on wintry trails at Gooseberry Mound Park to snowshoeing along the Viking Ship and Riverfront Park paths, there are numerous options to explore the outdoors while staying warm.

For golf enthusiasts, starting the day on one of Fargo-Moorhead’s excellent courses is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. With over 200 miles of bike trails in the Fargo-Moorhead area, biking enthusiasts can choose the perfect trail for their preferences. Lindenwood Park provides a picturesque setting for an evening walk along the river, offering the unique opportunity to stand in two states at once by crossing one of the river bridges. Birdwatchers can explore the best parks in the Dakotas, while fishing enthusiasts can cast a line into the Red River, known for its excellent catfishing and diverse fishing opportunities. Whether summer or winter, Fargo ensures tons of options for outdoor experiences for all.