An outdoor-lover’s itinerary to Fargo (winter edition)

Photo Credit: Anna Erickson

If you love outdoor wintry fun, Fargo is a great place to visit. We have so many things to do while you’re here, we created a two-day itinerary for you to follow just to fit them all in.

But first, let’s talk about Fargo in the winter. Is it cold? Yes, but we’ve added a section on what to pack to help you combat that. Is it snowy? Usually, but that adds to the fun! Is it barren? No! Fargo is packed with things to do in winter. Keep reading for two days full of things to do in the outdoors in Fargo (while still staying warm).

Full two-day itinerary

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Day 1

Morning

Twenty Below Coffee Co.

Who doesn’t like to start off an outdoor winter adventure with a hot cup of coffee? Twenty Below Coffee Co. is the only coffee shop in town that roasts its own beans in-house, so you can try a truly Fargoan cup of Joe. Plus, their spacious new Moorhead location just opened!

14 Roberts St N, Fargo | (701) 566-0977
600 8th St S, Moorhead

Fat tire biking

Explore the wintry trails from the saddle on a fat tire bike. These specialized mountain bikes are built to accommodate the soft snow. Even though it may sound intimidating, it’s as easy as riding a bike (sorry, we had to). With four miles of groomed trails, M.B. Johnson Park is a great place to get out and ride your fat tire bike. Since it’s right along the river, you can enjoy the beautiful views with a lot of tree cover.

You will need to bring your own bike or you can buy a gently used one from Paramount Sports or Great Northern Bicycle Co.

M.B. Johnson Park | 3601 11th St N, Moorhead | (218) 299-5340

Afternoon

BernBaum’s

After hitting the trails, head to this cozy Nordic-Jewish deli in Downtown Fargo. BernBaum’s whips up New York-style bagels each and every day while also integrating the local Scandinavian flare into dishes. Try the Iceland bagel plate, a bagel with lox (which gets rave reviews!) or Myron’s chicken matzo ball soup.

402 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 306-4131

Snowshoeing

When the snow starts falling, head over to M.B. Johnson Park to rent snowshoes and walk along the park’s paths, which wind alongside the gorgeous Red River.
Added bonus: snowshoeing burns between 420 and 1000 calories per hour.

M.B. Johnson Park | 3601 11th St N, Moorhead | (218) 299-5340

Evening

Winter stroll

Located just off the main stretch of Downtown Fargo, Island Park is one of locals’ favorite spots to get out and take a walk through the snow. Stroll on the cleared paths through glistening trees, find the beautiful gazebo, or hit Dike East for some sledding!

Island Park | 598, 1st Ave S, Fargo | (701) 499-7788
Dike East | 100 2nd St S, Fargo | (701) 499-6060

Wild Terra Cider Bar

If there’s one thing Fargo has plenty of, it’s places to have an adult craft beverage. Wild Terra – the first urban cidery in the entire state – serves craft ciders (made from North Dakota apples!) alongside their plant-based menu. They’ve got delicious gluten free and vegan options, like vegetarian Midwest Tacos and a Pesto Havarti melt. Take your meal and beverage upstairs to the comfy vintage couches and relax after your day outside.

If cider isn’t your favorite beverage, try one of the local beers on their tap list or check out all eight of Fargo’s breweries.

6 12th St N, Fargo | (701) 639-6273

Drekker Brewhalla

It’s blasphemy, really, to visit Fargo without stopping at Drekker Brewing Company’s newest location, Brewhalla. Housed in one of the most impressive buildings in the tri-city area (and serving some really great beer), you won’t be disappointed with the ultra-cool interior, delicious rotating menu of taps, or wall of pinball machines.

1666 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 532-0506

Day 2

Morning

Fly Fitness

While this itinerary is all about embracing the outdoors during the winter, sometimes it’s nice to get your workout indoors. Fly Fitness is a place to start your morning, get inspired for your day, and work your sore (and definitely cold!) muscles. They hold cycling, sculpt, and strengthening classes at different times throughout the morning, so check the schedule to pick which one works best for you!

Fly Fitness |  235 N Roberts St N, Fargo| (701) 532-1368

The Shack on Broadway

After you sweat it out in your cycling session, indulge in some homestyle cooking at The Shack! This is continuously voted the best breakfast spot in Fargo and is locals’ (and now your) go-to spot for enormous omelets, homemade caramel rolls, and great, “Midwest nice” service.

3215 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 356-2211

Hiking or snowshoeing

Your next stop is located just outside of the city at Buffalo River State Park. Before you leave town, rent snowshoes at Nature of the North or bring your hiking boots if you’d rather.

Take in the beautiful winter prairie while snowshoeing through the expansive park. Check their events calendar to see if they have their candlelight cross country skiing event going on while you’re in town!

Buffalo River State Park | 565 155th St S, Glyndon, MN

Afternoon

Grand Junction

On your way back into town, stop by the original Grand Junction in Moorhead for the best sandwiches in the city (according to the votes of locals). These hoagie-style sandwiches are grilled right in front of you on a hot griddle. We recommend the Cajun Chicken Ranch.

435 Main Ave, Moorhead | (218) 287-5651

Cross country skiing

Getting back outdoors, hit the ski trails inside city limits for some Nordic skiing. This is one of the best outdoor workouts to do in winter, and the trails at Edgewood Park weave through stunning snow-covered terrain. Edgewood Chalet rents cross country skis onsite for a reasonable price and you can ski right out from there!

Edgewood Park | 19 Golf Course Ave N, Fargo | (701) 232-8620

Young Blood Coffee Co.

After your skiing adventures, we recommend thawing out at a local favorite. If you’re looking for a snack before your next stop on your outdoor journey, the gourmet toast menu at Young Blood Coffee Co. will fill you up with something warm and (excuse the pun) toasty. Couple that with a hot cup of Joe and you’re ready to tackle the rest of your wintry day.

623 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (218) 770-4728

Evening

Broadway Square

Fargo’s newest outdoor ice skating rink is the next stop on your outdoor adventure. Just off the main drag in Downtown Fargo, Broadway Square is a great spot to try this Midwest favorite outdoor activity. Bring your own skates or rent from the rink for a small fee.

201 Broadway N Fargo | 701-551-5898

Würst Bier Hall

End your day of outdoor adventures with a tall local beer and some German food. A staple to downtown Fargo, Würst Bier Hall’s menu features German-inspired dishes like yummy Elk bratwurst with jalapeño and cheese and homemade kuchen. They even have some vegan varieties for non-sausage eating friends!

630 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 478 – 2437

Fargo Force

After your long day outdoors, a Fargo Force hockey game will be just the right way to end the night. Games happen frequently in the winter at Scheels Arena and are a ton of fun. Puck drop is usually at 7:05 p.m. Check their schedule to see if there’s a game while you’re in town.

Scheels Arena | 670 4th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 404-9006


Head over to Jon from Nature of the North’s blog post about tips on how to dress for winter in Fargo to learn how to stay warm during your itinerary.

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