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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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.
14 Roberts St N, Fargo | (701) 566-0977
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.
M.B. Johnson Park | 3601 11th St N, Moorhead | (218) 299-5340
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
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
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
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
While this itinerary is all about embracing the outdoors during the winter, sometimes it’s nice to get your workout on inside. Ecce Yoga is a place to start your morning and stretch your sore (and definitely cold!) muscles. They hold classes at different times throughout the morning, so check the schedule to pick which one works best for you!
Spirit Room | 111 Broadway, Fargo | (701) 893-5609
The Shack on Broadway
After you sweat it out in your yoga 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 omelettes, homemade caramel rolls, and great, “Midwest nice” service.
3215 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 356-2211
Hiking or snowshoeing
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
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 outdoors 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
Downtown on Ice
Fargo’s newest outdoor ice rink is the next stop on your outdoor adventure. Just off the main drag in Downtown Fargo, Downtown on Ice is a great spot to try this Midwest favorite outdoor activity.
Pro tip: bring your own skates or grab a cheap pair at either Play It Again Sports or Scheels before you hit the ice, because no rentals are available at this location.
501 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 499-6060
Würst Bier Hall West
End your day of outdoor adventures with a tall local beer and some German food. New to West Fargo, Würst Bier Hall West’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!
3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo | (701) 532-0484
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
What to pack
Coat: A (very, very) warm coat. Locals don long winter coats (down to their ankles in some cases!) with crazy good insulation, and we recommend you do the same.
Hat: A winter hat that covers your ears is a must. We prefer good ol’ trapper hats as tributes to the Fargo movie, but fuzzy ear muffs or a warm stocking cap works just as well.
Gloves: It’s a good idea to have one or two pairs of gloves on at any time when outdoors in winter. Your outer pair should be a warm pair of mittens. Inside this, we recommend wearing thinner finger gloves so you can still operate your phone without freezing your fingers off when you remove the outer pair.
Scarf: A scarf, wrapped tightly around the lower half of your face, will keep blowing snow off your neck and warm your cheeks and nose all at once.
Boots: Fashion be darned, it’s all about warm boots in a Fargo winter. The clunkier they look, the warmer they usually are, and no one will judge you for keeping your feet as warm as possible.
Warm socks: Inside those boots, a pair of wool socks will go a long way toward keeping your toes from feeling the cold. If you tend to get really cold feet, feel free to double up sock layers.
Thermal underwear (optional): Sometimes called Cuddl Duds, long johns, or long underwear, they all mean the same thing – an incredibly warm pair of full-length underwear to keep your legs extra cozy.
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