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  • Fargo-Moorhead Area
  • Fargo-Moorhead offers a bustling college town atmosphere in a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 200,000. With three major colleges (MSUM, Concordia, and NDSU) inside a two-mile radius and a welcoming community that boasts a vibrant art scene, a dedicated cycling community, a rich assortment of athletics, a variety of recreational activities and a growing economy, Fargo-Moorhead is an ideal place to learn, work and live. 

    Often referred to as a ‘big-little city’, Fargo-Moorhead provides the cultural benefits of a metropolitan lifestyle, such as diverse dining options, excellent mass-transit, a rich arts community and frequent sporting events, along with the community feel of a smaller town. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, a consistently low crime rate and affordable housing, Fargo-Moorhead is an attractive destination for college students as well as anyone looking to start or advance their career or begin a family.


    Watch a student-created video by the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation that showcases the many reasons why Fargo-Moorhead is a great choice for your college education.

    • CNNMoney.com listed Fargo as one of the top 100 places to live for the last 3 years running.
    • Men’s Journal selected Fargo as the best place in America to forget the recession, citing its low taxes and unemployment, budget surplus, and revitalized downtown in 2011.
    • Forbes.com named Fargo-Moorhead the fourth least expensive place to live well in the US.
    • Employment Review magazine and its affiliate, BestJobsUSA.com, ranked Fargo-Moorhead the seventh-best place to live and work in America.

  • There is never a shortage of things to do in Fargo-Moorhead. Set against the diverse four seasons, outdoor recreational activities range from biking, swimming, fishing, golfing, camping, canoeing and disc golf in the warm, summer months to ice fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice hockey in the winter months. Area attractions like the Fargo Film Festival, the Fargo Blues Festival, the Plains Art Museum and the Fargo Air Museum are just a few of the exciting venues that keep Fargo-Moorhead interesting year-round.

    An incredibly rich arts community offers a variety of cultural activities and events throughout the year with poetry slams, open mic nights, theaters, art galleries and ongoing performance opportunities. The Bluestem Center for the Arts, a multi-million dollar campus in Moorhead, is home to Trollwood Performing Arts School and special art events. For sporting events, the F-M area includes the Scheels Arena, a new state-of-the-art hockey arena that holds 5,000 people and hosts the Fargo Force, the local USHL team. In addition, the area also holds the FARGODOME and Newman Outdoor Field, home of the independent league Fargo RedHawks baseball team. Together, the three major colleges offer a host of social, cultural and athletic events on campus to entertain students as well as the surrounding community.

    Sports

    Fargo Force
    Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave S, Fargo
    701-364-3672
    www.fargoforce.com
    The Fargo Force are a member of the Tier 1 United States Hockey League.

    FM RedHawks
    Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave N, Fargo
    701-235-6161
    www.fmredhawks.com
    The FM RedHawks are a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Clubs.

    FM Derby Girls
    Location Varies, Fargo
    www.fmderbygirls.com
    The Fargo-Moorhead Derby Girls are the state of North Dakota's first womens flat-track roller derby league.

    Parks

    Fargo Parks District
    701-Main Ave, Fargo
    701-241-1350
    www.fargoparks.com

    Moorhead Parks District

    324 24th St S, Moorhead
    218-299-5340
    www.cityofmoorhead.com

    Camping

    Buffalo River State Park
    15 miles east of Moorhead on Hwy 10
    218-498-2124
    www.dnr.state.mn.us
    A picnic area, swimming area and campground located in the hardwood forest along the Buffalo River.

    Cass County Campsite
    Exit 343 on I-94, Fargo
    701-282-2200
    www.redrivervalleyfair.com
    Located in a peaceful area just west of Fargo-Moorhead. Enjoy tranquil nights and stunning sunsets.

    KOA Campground
    Exit 2 on I-94 in Moorhead
    218-233-0671
    www.koa.com
    Heated pool, playground, recreation room, laundry facilities, showers and 50-amp sites available.

    Lindenwood Campsite
    1712 5th St S, Fargo
    701-232-3987
    www.fargoparks.com
    A heavily-wooded campground nestled along the Red River of the North.

    Disc Golf

    Oak Grove Park—18 Holes
    170 Maple St N, Fargo
    701-241-1350
    www.fargoparks.com

    Trollwood Park—18 holes
    3664 Elm St N, Fargo
    701-241-1350
    www.fargoparks.com

    Woodlawn Park—18 Holes
    400 Woodlawn Dr, Moorhead
    218-299-5340
    www.cityofmoorhead.com

    Golf Courses

    Edgewood Municipal—18 Holes
    19 Golf Course Ave NE, Fargo
    701-232-2824
    www.fargogolf.net

    El Zagal—9 Holes
    1400 Elm St, Fargo
    701-232-8156
    www.fargogolf.net

    The Meadows—18 Holes
    401 34th St S, Moorhead
    218-299-7888
    www.moorheadgolf.com

    Rose Creek—18 Holes
    1500 Rose Creek Parkway E, Fargo
    701-235-5100
    www.fargogolf.net

    Village Green—18 Holes

    3421 Village Green Blvd, Moorhead
    218-299-7888
    www.moorheadgolf.com

    Recreation Areas

    Buffalo River State Park
    14 miles east of Moorhead on Hwy 10
    218-498-2124
    www.dnr.state.mn.us
    Minnesota's finest and largest remnant prairie grassland. Swimming and camping available.

    Fargo Skate Park
    310 4th St S, Fargo
    701-241-1350
    www.fargoparks.com
    23,000 square feet of formed concrete challenges for skateboards, in-line skates and bicycles.

    Minnesota State University Regional Science Center
    15 miles east of Moorhead on Hwy 10
    218-477-2904
    www.mnstate.edu/regsci
    Nature trails, bird watching, telescope observatory, stargazing and a tall grass prairie.

    Thunder Road Mini Golf & Family Fun Park
    2902 Thunder Road, Fargo
    701-282-5151
    www.thunderroadfargo.com
    Mini golf, go karts, batting cages, video arcade and bumper cars at this attraction.

    Sports Bubble
    2761 12th Ave S, Fargo
    701-280-0824
    www.thesportsbubble.com
    Unique indoor golf and sports facility offering recreation for people of all ages.

    S.S. Ruby Red River Tours
    202 1st Ave N, Moorhead
    701-793-7829
    www.riverkeepers.org
    Discover the history, geography and wildlife of the Red River on a pontoon tour. Canoe and kayak rentals available.

    Arts & Theatre

    Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center
    202 1st Ave N, Moorhead
    218-299-5511
    www.hcscconline.org
    Home of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad stave church, Clay County Artifacts and Archives and local, regional, and national traveling exhibits.
    Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Open until 8pm on Tuesday

    Historic Fargo Theatre
    314 Broadway, Fargo
    701-235-4152
    www.fargotheatre.org
    The Fargo Theatre is the area's vintage movie palace fully restored to its 1937 art deco glory. Call for information.

    Plains Art Museum
    704 1st Ave N, Fargo
    701-232-3821
    www.plainsart.org
    The largest art museum in North Dakota located in historic Downtown Fargo. It features regional and national exhibits.
    Closed: Monday
    Open: Tuesday-Wednesday 11am-5pm, Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm

    Rourke Art Museum & Gallery
    521 Main Ave & 523 4th St S, Moorhead
    218-236-8861
    www.rourkeart.org
    Permanent collections and temporary exhibits of American, Pre-Columbian, Oriental, African and Native American art by regional artists housed in two historic buildings.
    Friday-Sunday 1pm-5pm
    Tours available Wednesday & Thursday

    Specialty Interests

    Roger Maris Museum
    West Acres Shopping Center
    3902 13th Ave S, Fargo
    701-282-2222
    www.rogermarismuseum.com
    Exhibits, memorabilia and video of our hometown hero and Yankee superstar.
    Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

    Fargo Air Museum
    1609 19th Ave N, Fargo
    701-293-8043
    www.fargoairmuseum.org
    The planes fly at this museum! WWII and other flying aircraft! TBM Avenger, P-51, Corsair and more! There is also a restoration area, library and movie theatre!
    Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday Noon-4pm, Open Mondays June, July, August from 10am-5pm

    Red River Zoo
    4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo
    701-277-9240
    www.redriverzoo.org
    This 21-acre zoo specializes in endangered and rare species. See 80 species of animals in their natural habitats. Also home to a 1928 restored carousel.
    May-Labor Day Open Daily 10am-7pm
    After Labor Day Open Saturday & Sunday Noon-4pm

    Shopping

    West Acres Shopping Center
    3902 13th Ave S, Fargo
    701-282-2222
    www.westacres.com
    The region's largest shopping center with four department stores, 120 specialty stores and a spectacular food court!

    Moorhead Center Mall
    510 Center Ave, Moorhead
    218-233-6117
    www.moorheadcentermall.com
    Offering unique local stores and a warm community setting. Shoppers benefit from the exemption of sales tax on clothes and shoes!

    Scheels All Sports Store
    1551 45th St S, Fargo
    701-298-2918
    www.scheelssports.com
    One of the world's largest all sports stores with 196,000 square feet of retail shopping, a 45-foot ferris wheel and numerous interactive games and displays.

    Downtown Shopping
    Broadway in Fargo
    Historic downtown Fargo-Moorhead offers a wide array of boutiques, unique stores and restaurants. Here you'll find books, antiques, fashionable clothing, one-of-a-kind gifts or striking works of art. Downtown is packed with places to kick back: charming coffee shops, a variety of eateries and distinctive places to indulge your sweet tooth.

  • With over 300 dining options in the Fargo-Moorhead area, there is something to satisfy every taste. With an endless selection of traditional and nontraditional diners, buffets, cafes, restaurants, pubs and fast food joints, the area caters to any price or any palette. From area favorites like Buffalo Wild Wings or Famous Dave’s to popular chain restaurants, including Applebee’s, T.G.I. Friday’s and Chili’s, there is a wealth of American options. For those seeking a more unique dining experience, Wasabi is a tantalizing sushi and Asian grill, Thai Orchid and Drunken Noodle serve tasty Thai dishes and specialty places like Santa Lucia and Taste of Italy offer flavorful Greek and Italian selections. Upscale options like Sarello’s or Hotel Donaldson offer the finest in fine dining, and on the other end of the scale, there is an astounding number of pizza places, many of which cater to late-night college hours.

    For an entire list of the restaurants in the F-M area, download the Fargo-Moorhead Conventions & Visitors Bureau’s brochure on dining in the FM Area: http://www.fargomoorhead.org/assets/templates/fmcvb/uploads/docs/diningguide2.pdf.

    Below are a few highlights from the area:

    Unique Dining

    Grazies Italian Grill
    Grand Junction Subs
    Drunken Noodle
    Santa Lucia
    Wasabi

     

    Coffee Houses

    Babb’s Coffee on Main
    Atomic Coffee
    Moxie Java

     

    Pizza

    Duane’s House of Pizza
    Spicy Pie
    Papa John's
    Domino's
    Papa Murphy's
    Rhombus Guys Pizza

     

    Fast Food Chains

    Taco Bell
    McDonald’s
    Jimmy Johns
    Panchero’s
    Burger King
    KFC
    Dairy Queen
    Subway
    Taco John’s

     

    Chain Restaurants

    Applebee’s
    Texas Roadhouse
    Chilli’s
    Famous Dave’s
    T.G.I. Friday's

  • The Fargo-Moorhead Area has a multitude of lodging options. The following is a brief list of some of the most popular in the area.

    AmericInn Lodge & Suites Mhd - Conference Ctr
    600 30th Ave S, Moorhead MN
    218-287-7100
    1-877-287-7100
    www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/moorhead

    Best Western Doublewood Inn
    3333 13th Ave S, Fargo ND
    701-235-3333
    1-800-433-3235
    www.fargodoublewood.com

    Country Inn & Suites
    3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
    701-234-0565
    1-800-456-4000
    http://www.countryinns.com

    Courtyard by Marriott & Mhd Area Conference Ctr
    1080 28th Ave S, Moorhead MN
    218-284-1000
    1-800-321-2211
    www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/farcy-courtyard-moorhead/

    Fargo Inn & Suites
    1025 38th St. SW, Fargo, ND
    701-282-6300
    877-256-6307
    www.fargoinn.com

    Grand Inn Moorhead

    810 Belsly Blvd, Moorhead, MN
    218-233-7501
    1-866-888-9595
    www.grandinnmotels.com

    Hampton Inn
    3431 14th Ave S, Fargo ND
    701-235-5566
    1-800-426-7866
    www.hamptoninn.com

    Hilton Garden Inn
    4351 17th Ave S, Fargo ND
    701-499-6000
    1-877-STAY-HGI
    www.fargo.hgi.com

    Holiday Inn
    3803 13th Ave S, Fargo ND
    701-282-2700
    1-877-282-2700
    www.fargohi.com

    Holiday Inn Express
    1040 40th St S, Fargo ND
    701-282-2000
    1-800-465-4329
    www.hiexpress.com/fargo-west

    Motel 6
    1202 S 36th St, Fargo ND
    701-232-9251
    1-800-466-8356
    www.motel6.com

    Radisson Hotel Fargo
    201 N 5th St, Fargo, ND
    701-232-7363
    1-800-333-3333
    www.radisson.com/fargond

    Ramada Plaza Suites
    1635 42nd St S, Fargo ND
    701-277-9000
    1-800-2-RAMADA
    www.ramadafargo.com

    Super 8 Motel
    3621 8th St S, Moorhead MN
    218-233-8880
    1-800-800-8000
    www.super8.com

    Super 8 & Suites
    3518 Interstate Blvd/I-29 Exit 64, Fargo ND
    701-232-9202
    1-800-800-8000
    www.super8.com

    Travelodge & Suites
    3027 S Frontage Rd, Moorhead MN
    218-233-5333
    1-866-263-2327
    www.travelodge-moorhead.com

  • The Fargo-Moorhead area offers a variety of transportation options to get around the cities with ease. Downtown Fargo and Downtown Moorhead are separated by a rejuvenated Main Bridge that makes it an easy, scenic walk or drive to get from one center of the city to the other within minutes.

    Fargo-Moorhead has recently embraced a revitalized biking community and has established new bike lanes on many of the main roads in addition to the series of bike trails in and around the city.

    For those who would rather ride than pedal, the MATBUS System is a clean and efficient bus system that is free to all college students from NDSU, MSUM, Concordia College and M State. Through the MATBUS U-Pass Program, college students receive unlimited free rides simply by showing their current college ID. For those needing help navigating their way around the city, the MATBUS Trip Plan will help you plan your route: http://www.matbus.com/trip/.

    For those traveling outside of the city, Jefferson Lines offers a daily busy service on the MSUM campus to and from Minneapolis. Jefferson Lines makes three daily stops just outside the Comstock Memorial Union and offers low walk-up fares, including a 15% discount for college students with a college ID. For more information, visit: http://www.jeffersonlines.com/.

    There are also numerous taxi services available to residents of Fargo-Moorhead whose services extend as far as 70 miles from the area. Lastly, Hector International Airport has four main terminals and car rental services for long-distance destinations.