Things to do in Fargo if you’re under 21

It sometimes feels like Fargo is built around 21+ activities – seventeen craft drink spots, a thriving downtown bar scene, and endless mug nights are proof of that.

Some would say it’s rough being underage in Fargo. Others, that it’s downright boring.

Hopefully this guide of things to do if you’re under 21 in Fargo will help to change that, get you out on the town, and keep you from watching your favorite Netflix show again.


Outdoor activities for summer/spring/fall

If you love a little competition or just want to get active in the sun (and inevitable wind), these outdoor activities should do the trick.

Sand volleyball

Grab a ball, some friends, and head to Rabanus Park for a match.

Rabanus Park
4315 18th Ave SW, Fargo

Sports leagues

While colleges host plenty of intramurals, they aren’t year-round. Fargo Parks, on the other hand, runs tons of sports leagues (including fencing, table tennis, and dodgeball!), where you can meet people outside the college community.

Batting cages

Let off some steam and whack a few balls at the Thunder Road batting cages (helmets and bats provided, but open in summer only) or The Ball Yard for year-round slugging.

Thunder Road
2902 Thunder Rd, Fargo

The Ball Yard
1623 38th St S, Fargo

Skateboarding

There are four skate parks in Fargo that are free to the public.

Dike West
310 4th St. S, Fargo

Jefferson West Park
1904 4th Ave. S, Fargo

Madison Park
3010 11th Ave. N, Fargo

Village West Park
4415 9th Ave. Circle S

Need to buy a board? THIS Skate and Snow in Downtown Fargo can help.

Golf

Fargo has seven excellent public golf courses where you can play a few rounds. El Zagal – oriented for beginners –  rents clubs (so does Prairiewood!) if you don’t have your own.

Foot golf

The foot version of regular golf, you can head to El Zagal with a soccer ball (or rent one there) and play 9 holes of ‘golf’. The course runs alongside the actual golf course, and you tee off from the same boxes, but they have their own greens and holes.

El Zagal Golf Course
1400 Elm Street N., Fargo

Disc golf

Several parks across Fargo have disc golf courses. You can buy a frolf (frisbee-golf) disc at Scheels for $10-20 and hit the course with friends.

Thunder Road

Thunder Road isn’t just for families and young kids – pretty much any group of friends can have fun at this outdoor adventure park. Mini golfing, batting cages, lazer tag, and go-karts are some of the activities found here.

You can appreciate them from May to October, as Thunder Road closes for the winter season.

Thunder Road
2902 Thunder Rd, Fargo

Bike ride

A bike ride is a fast and easy way to see the city, or to get a little adventurous. If you have your own bike, take it for a spin on some of the bike trails that wind along the river.

If you don’t have one, you can rent a bike from the Great Rides Bike Share program, which has 11 rental stations across town and costs just $4/hour. Pick up your bike at any of the stations, and drop if off at any of the other locations, depending where your route takes you.

Lindenwood Park also rents bikes if you’re looking for something more specialized.

Swimming

Swimming pools, even if you’re not a kid anymore, can be a fun day out. Entry tends to be cheap ($7 or less) and you can spend as long as you like lounging in the sun or swimming some laps.

For a less kid-oriented pool, Island Park Pool is one of the best options, with a lane pool and a diving board area.

Island Park Pool
616 1st Ave S, Fargo

Kayaking/canoeing

Don’t overlook the Red River when you’re choosing outdoor activities. Renting a kayak or canoe from either Lindenwood Park or the River Keepers rental shack (located by the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead) costs just $10/hour.

Lindenwood Park
1955 Roger Maris Dr

River Keepers Kayak Launch & Rental Shack
616 1st Ave S, Fargo

Hiking

What Fargo lacks in mountains, it makes up for in fun hiking trails. Some of the best can be found just outside the city at Buffalo River State Park and Maplewood State Park, while relaxed walking trails are in city parks like M.B. Johnson Park and Lindenwood Park.

Plus, did we mention walking is free?


Winter activities

Obviously, this is North Dakota, and it can’t always be summer (sigh). So, here are a few winter options to keep you outdoors (or help you hide from the cold inside).

Ice Skating

Outdoor skating rinks crop up around the city as soon as the temperatures allow (which is always pretty early). Several locations feature a staffed warming house during the season, which tends to be from December to very early March.

If you don’t know how to skate, lessons are available, and you can usually find a cheap pair of ice skates at Play It Again Sports if you don’t own a pair.

All outdoor skate rinks are open and free to the public!

Cross country skiing

From 1K to 3.7K, you can find cross country ski trails in quite a few of Fargo’s parks. Because it’s so flat, it’s a great form of exercise and just a weird, fun, winter sport to try.

Play It Again Sports is another good bet for buying skis, but you can rent them from the Edgewood Chalet for $11.50 as well, as long as you use the Edgewood trails.

P.S. You can also rent snowshoes if you’d rather try that over skiing.

Curling

Let’s be honest, we’ve all watched curling during the Winter Olympics and wanted to try it ourselves. In Fargo, you can.

The F-M Curling Club has leagues, and learn-to-curl events at just $10 for 90 minutes on the ice sweeping or throwing stones!

F-M Curling Club
4300 23rd Ave S

Sky Zone

The first non-cold activity on our list, Sky Zone, is an indoor trampoline park. They have specific events and daily times for older ages so you won’t have to worry about young kids.

‘Glow’ events mean jumping in the dark to lasers and music, and they also have Ultimate Dodgeball on their trampolines and a Foam Zone for practicing tricks.

Sky Zone
940 40th St S, Fargo

Bowling

A tried and true option, bowling alleys in Fargo are always a cheap, fun night out (even if you don’t like bowling). The best bowling alley for those under 21 but over 13 is The Bowler on South University Drive.

24 lanes, 3 bars (not that it matters), and a pizza parlor make up the building. The Bowler packs its events calendar with nearly-nightly things to do, including karaoke, trivia, and Rock-N-Bowl (aka black-light bowling to great music).

The Bowler
2630 University Dr, Fargo

Roller skating

Pretend you work in a 50’s cafe, strap on a pair of roller skates and hit the rink at Skate City. Rent skates for $2.00, and then pay $5.00 for a 2-hour session (or go on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. for a discounted $3.00 entry).

If you want to go when the families don’t, head over for APEX on Fridays from 8-11 p.m. It’s a skate session just for teens and up.

Skate City
3302 Interstate Blvd S, Fargo

Racquetball

Lock yourself in a white box with a friend and smack a blue ball at each other – that’s the premise of racquetball.

The Fercho YMCA in Downtown Fargo has racquetball courts available to rent. You’ll just have to pay for a gym day pass if you aren’t a member, but usually equipment rental comes with it.

Rock climbing

If you want to climb in Fargo, you have two options. First is the other branch of the YMCA, located just off 45th St. The other is the MSUM Wellness Center in Moorhead.

Make sure you call ahead for prices and to see if you need any special training before you can tackle the rock walls.

Ax Throwing

Release your inner Lumberjack at Triple Ax, Fargo’s first ax throwing destination. Pick up the ax and throw it at the bulls eye on the wall. We promise, it’s really fun (and a good way to release pent up anger). 

 

Indoor Nerf and Laser Tag

Grab a group of your most fun friends and head to TAG (Tactical Action Gaming) for some Nerf and Laser Tag.

This indoor sports arena is perfect for a battle using either Nerf guns or Laser Tag to tag your opponents and win the mission. 


Peruse a museum

Stop saying “Fargo has nothing to do” and go explore what it does have.

Comstock House

506 8th St S, Moorhead

Step back in time in this Victorian home. Even if you’re not a history or museum person, pretend you lived in the era and play a little game: in each room, choose one item you’d absolutely keep in your own house and choose one you’d throw away immediately.

It’s open on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Fargo Air Museum

1609 19th Ave N, Fargo

Home to aircraft of all eras from the modern Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance drone to the “most accurate recreation of a Wright Brothers’ Flyer the Smithsonian Institute has ever seen”.

If that doesn’t draw you to the Fargo Air Museum, maybe the fact that it’s just $7-8 entry and makes for really cool Instagram photos will.

Bonanzaville, USA

1351 W Main Ave, West Fargo

Another transport back in time, walk through the 43 historic pioneer buildings, chock full of artifacts and tidbits about the history of this area from back in the day.

The Bonanzaville, USA village is open seasonally from May to October.

Red River Zoo

4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo

22-acres, 89 species, and 1 antique carousel = a great day out. The adorable Chinese red panda and river otters are worth the $9.75 entry alone.

The Red River Zoo is open year-round and houses some of the world’s rarest cold climate species.

MSUM Planetarium

1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead

So few people know about this hidden gem of the area. You don’t have to be a science nerd to appreciate the cool night sky simulations and total immersion experiences at the Planetarium.

Sit back in the theater, look up, and journey through the stars. Check their website for the most updated list of public shows.

Hjemkomst Center

202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead

The distinct tent-like structure sits right by the Red River on the Minnesota side. What’s up with the shape, you ask? The Hjemkomst (pronounced YUM-kumst) houses a replica 9th-century Viking ship, so the peaks you see are where the mainsail resides.

This Scandinavian heritage center works to showcase the history and culture of the people of this area. Besides the Viking ship, you can also walk through the Stave Church, located right next to the museum in a beautiful park near the river. Again, it’s a great spot for Instagram.


Drink/eat

For a longer list of all ages bars and restaurants, check out this Fargo Monthly article.

Boba Tea

Teaberry is the late-night hangout for those over 18 but under 21. It’s one of the only downtown establishments that isn’t a bar that’s open past 10 p.m. Comfy couches, a relaxed setting, and delicious smoothies and interesting Thai Boba teas make it a cheap and fun place to spend a few hours.

Teaberry
119 Broadway, Fargo

Black Coffee and Waffles

Black Coffee and Waffle Bar was recently added to the downtown mix as a late-night spot (open until 11 p.m.). If you didn’t put it together yet, they serve black coffee. And waffles. 

Black Coffee and Waffle Bar
550 2nd Ave N, Fargo

Dairy Queen & other ice cream treats

In the summer, Moorhead’s Dairy Queen opens and constantly seems to have a line around the block. It’s worth the wait for a refreshing Blizzard or signature Dilly Bar.

You can also take a picture by the massive Dilly Bar statue, which is an ode to the fact that the original Dilly Bar was made right here in Moorhead.

The Original Moorhead Dairy Queen
24 8th St S, Moorhead

The hottest (but actually coolest) new spots in town for ice cream should also make your must-visit list. These include The Silver Lining Creamery for interesting and rotating ice cream flavors like basil or orange creamsicle, Tea & Crepe for Thai rolled ice cream (don’t know what that is? Check out Instagram), and Scoop N Dough Candy Co for a combo of delicious ice cream and a scoop of cookie dough (they have extra large portions, so come with your sweet tooth prepared).

Tea & Crepe
72 Broadway N, Fargo

The Silver Lining Creamery
123 Broadway N, Fargo

Scoop N Dough Candy Co
206 Roberts Alley N, Fargo

Coffee

All the gourmet coffee shops in downtown allow underage patrons, so pop into one of them for a great cup o’ Joe, a coffee drink, or a baked good.

Twenty Below Coffee Co
14 Roberts St N, Fargo

Young Blood Coffee
623 2nd Ave N, Fargo

Atomic Coffee
222 Broadway N #100, Fargo

Babb’s Coffee House
605 Main Ave, Fargo

If you want an after-hours hangout, Red Raven Espresso Parlor hosts live music, comedy shows, open mic nights, and more, and doesn’t serve alcohol so those under 21 are always welcome.

Red Raven Espresso Parlor
916 Main Ave, Fargo


Photo adventures

Fargo has a shocking amount of great places for photo ops. You could spend several days hunting them all down. Go on, do it for the ‘gram.

Art alleys

First stop: Downtown Fargo. Nearly every side street you find will have street art practically begging you to take photos with it. Below are just some of the street murals to discover.

Peacock 
Corner of 7th Ave N on Roberts St, Fargo

Meadowlark 
503 7th St N, Fargo

Skateful Dead 
1001 NP Ave N, Fargo

Penguins 
8th St between Main Ave & 1st Ave S, Fargo 

Prairie Rose
506 Roberts St N, Fargo

Art Alley 
1st Ave N between 4th St and 5th St, Fargo

Greetings from Roberts Alley 
Roberts Alley, Fargo

Sunny Brook Whiskey/The Cowboy 
320 5th St N, Fargo

Wheat 
300 Broadway N, Fargo

Greetings from Fargo train car
701 Main Ave, Fargo

Wings by Silver Lining Creamery 
123 N Broadway Dr, Fargo

56560 
20 6th St S, Moorhead

Geocaching

Never geocached? Don’t even know what it is? Consider it a giant treasure hunt, and consider yourself Nicholas Cage.

You need nothing more than a GPS (aka your phone), a compass (aka your phone), and this app (soon to be on your phone) to geocache. The app will show you a map of where the geocaches are hidden and it’s your job to go out, find them, and record that you’ve found them.

Painted Bison

Across Fargo and its sister cities Moorhead & West Fargo, there are 20+ painted, life-sized bison statues. One is disguised as a tiger, another has a mohawk, a third is cleverly named after a Van Gogh painting. They’re all different, and you can make a day of hunting down all of them (and getting picture proof).

Farmers’ markets

In the summer, Fargo is hopping with farmers’ markets. White tents, fresh produce, coffee, and a whole lotta community – not to mention great photo ops – await.

1st Ave animal statues

One of Fargo’s quirkiest photo spots (and best-kept secrets), if you drive west from Downtown Fargo along 1st Ave N, you’ll run into a peculiar sight: a yard packed with large animal statues ranging from dinosaurs to chickens and cows to elk, bison, and deer.

Sunsets & airplanes

Larger airports don’t allow viewing areas, but Fargo’s Hector International is still small enough that you can head to their viewing area to watch planes take off and land. Go when the sun is setting for spectacular views of the North Dakota sky.


Artistic

Let your right-brain go wild with these creative endeavors.

Clay Your Way

A fun way to pass an afternoon (or a whole day), Clay Your Way lets you choose a ceramic item and paint it however you’d like. Mugs, plates, jars, coasters… you name it, and Clay Your Way will let you paint it.

Choose your item and your paint colors and get to work. Don’t worry if you don’t finish – they’ll store the piece for you so you can come back to it another day!

Clay Your Way
4600 17th Ave S, Fargo

The Art Bar

A second painting option, The Art Bar in West Fargo hosts canvas painting events. Just check out their calendar for a painting that interests you (or attend any class and paint whatever you want!).

The Art Bar
18 1st St, West Fargo

Unglued classes

If you want to do more than paint, Unglued Market in Downtown Fargo hosts summer workshops and ‘Cute’ workshops where you can make planters, tote bags, string art, serving dishes, beeswax candles, and more.

Unglued
408 Broadway, Fargo

Wander through an art museum

If you want to get inspired before you create something, head to either the Plains Art Museum in Downtown Fargo or the Rourke Art Museum, just across the bridge in Moorhead.

Both have free entry and are full of interesting pieces.

Plains Art Museum
704 1st Ave N, Fargo

Rourke Art Gallery and Museum
521 Main Ave, Moorhead


See a show

For the most up-to-date events happening in Fargo, check out our Events Calendar.

Root for home team

Fargo has a sports team for every season. In the summer, RedHawks baseball takes over the Newman Outdoor Field, and tickets cost a fiver in advance.

Many people don’t realize Fargo also has a semi-pro football team, the Fargo Invaders. Their season starts in April and runs through August.

Finally, when the ground freezes over it’s time for some Fargo Force hockey… they won the Clark Cup in 2018, so you could say they’re worth watching for sure. Their season goes from October through April, so you’ll be hard-pressed to find a month of the year without some local sports to watch.

Roller derby

When February rolls around, the F-M Derby Girls roll in. If you’ve never been to a roller derby but watched that one movie with Jennifer Lawrence (or even if you haven’t), you should really experience it.

The Fargo Civic Center comes alive with die-hard fans here to support their favorite skaters. Don’t know how it works? The pamphlets at the door explain the rules, and announcers and live music keep the crowd entertained.

Live music at Red Raven Espresso Parlor

For regular live music, comedy nights, and open mic nights, Red Raven Espresso Parlor is the best place in town if you’re under 21. They serve non-alcoholic beverages only, so they never kick out underage patrons, but the atmosphere is still built for a more mature audience.

Cheap flicks

Remember when a movie night didn’t cost $20 a person? Those days still exist and we call them Thursdays. And Tuesdays.

On Thursdays, the main theaters – Marcus Century and West Acres Cinema – offer $5 movie tickets, even for the newest movie releases. On Tuesdays, movies are also $5, but you’ll need a student ID.

Fargo Theatre

The Fargo Theatre is more than a great photo backdrop – nightly movie showings (at $8 with a student ID) and interesting live events are always on here.

FARGODOME

As the largest event space in Fargo, the FARGODOME tends to host the biggest events in the city. Bison football games in the fall, concerts as big as Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake, and a variety of other musical, trade show, and sporting events are always happening here.

Bluestem Amphitheater

In summer, Bluestem opens its outdoor amphitheater up to crowds looking for concerts and local theater productions.

Trollwood Performing Arts School always puts on a great show at a reasonable price for general admission tickets.

TAK

Another all ages event venue in Dilworth, MN, is the TAK Music Venue. They tend to bring in fun bands that everyone is down to dance to, so grab your friends and head to the TAK for a full dance floor and some fun tunes. 


Unleash your inner gamer

From board to arcade to video… these are the best spots to get your game on.

Fargo Pinball

If old arcade pinball games is your thing, Fargo Pinball is the spot for you. You can pick up at day pass at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center for $10. If you plan to play more often, yearly dues are just $45, and you an play anytime you want in their extensive showroom of pinball machines.

Fargo Pinball
1133 Harwood Dr. S, Fargo

Big Top Bingo

You must be 18 to play bingo in North Dakota without an adult present, so once you hit that ripe old age, make your way to Big Top Bingo for a surprising competitive game of bingo against some of the much-older-than-18 folks in town.

Bingo actually makes for a fun day or night out, and you can come away with some very cool prizes or cash ($1,000 cash prizes are typical here).

Big Top Bingo
901 25th St S, Fargo

Section 9 Cyber Cafe

Video gamers, this one’s for you. Section 9 Cyber Cafe hosts gaming championships, tournaments and regular ‘fight nights’ at their location on 17th Street N. in Fargo.

Section 9 Cyber Cafe
1142 17th St. N, Fargo

Have a board games night

If board games are more your style, Twenty Below Coffee Co. has several for you to choose from, as does Teaberry.

Grab a coffee or boba tea and get cozy at a table with your favorite board games.

Twenty Below Coffee Co.
14 Roberts St., Fargo

Teaberry
119 Broadway, Fargo


Hopefully something on this list can get you started with your underage activities in Fargo. If we missed any of your favorite under-21 things to do, please let us know!

If you’re on a budget, you can also check out or list of free things to do in Fargo.