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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Third Drop Coffee
Who doesn’t like to start off an outdoor winter adventure with a hot cup of coffee? Third Drop has two locations in Downtown Fargo & Moorhead that are both cozy and perfect for your morning pick-me-up.
If you plan to visit quite a few coffee shops during your time in Fargo, grab a Caffeine Crawl passport to earn a prize for visiting many of our local coffee and tea shops.
115 4th St N, Moorhead | (218) 233-0900
111 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 297-0170
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. A great place to start is Gooseberry Mound Park, it’s connected to many miles of additional trails along with some of the best mountain biking in the area.
Gooseberry Mound Park | 111 22nd Ave S, Moorhead | (218) 299-5044
After hitting the trails, head to this Mediterranean restaurant for a gyro, falafel sandwich, or salad to fuel up for the rest of the day. Ishtar has some of the freshest and most authentic Greek cuisine in the area, so it’s a great choice for your mid-day meal.
68 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 212-4930
Added bonus: snowshoeing burns between 420 and 1000 calories per hour.
Hjemkomst Center | 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (218) 299-5340
Located just off the main stretch of Downtown Fargo, Island Park is one of the locals’ favorite spots to get out and take a walk through the snow. Stroll on the cleared paths through glistening trees, or find the beautiful gazebo.
Island Park | 302 7th St S, Fargo | (701) 499-7788
Wild Terra Cider Bar
Wild Terra – the first urban cidery in the entire state – serves craft ciders (made from North Dakota apples!) alongside Blackbird Woodfire’s pizzas on the menu. 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 one of Fargo’s local breweries.
6 12th St N, Fargo | (701) 639-6273
Drekker Brewing Company’s Brewhalla is a must-stop for your trip to Fargo. Housed in one of the most impressive (and oldest) buildings in the tri-city area, 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 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
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
Twenty Below 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 Twenty Below Coffee in Moorhead will fill you up with something warm. Couple that with a hot cup of Joe and you’re ready to tackle the rest of your wintry day.
600 8th St S, Moorhead | (701) 566-0977
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
For dinner, pick this local spot for 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
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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