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.
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.
Fargo ForceScheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave S, Fargo701-364-3672www.fargoforce.comThe Fargo Force are a member of the Tier 1 United States Hockey League.
FM RedHawksNewman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave N, Fargo701-235-6161www.fmredhawks.comThe FM RedHawks are a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Clubs.
FM Derby GirlsLocation Varies, Fargowww.fmderbygirls.comThe Fargo-Moorhead Derby Girls are the state of North Dakota's first womens flat-track roller derby league.
Fargo Parks District701-Main Ave, Fargo701-241-1350www.fargoparks.com
Moorhead Parks District324 24th St S, Moorhead218-299-5340www.cityofmoorhead.com
Buffalo River State Park15 miles east of Moorhead on Hwy 10218-498-2124www.dnr.state.mn.usA picnic area, swimming area and campground located in the hardwood forest along the Buffalo River.
Cass County CampsiteExit 343 on I-94, Fargo701-282-2200http://redrivervalleyfair.com/campground/Located in a peaceful area just west of Fargo-Moorhead. Enjoy tranquil nights and stunning sunsets.
Lindenwood Campsite1712 5th St S, Fargo701-232-3987www.fargoparks.comA heavily-wooded campground nestled along the Red River of the North.
Oak Grove Park—18 Holes170 Maple St N, Fargo701-241-1350www.fargoparks.com
Trollwood Park—18 holes3664 Elm St N, Fargo701-241-1350www.fargoparks.com
Woodlawn Park—18 Holes400 Woodlawn Dr, Moorhead218-299-5340www.cityofmoorhead.com
Edgewood Municipal—18 Holes19 Golf Course Ave NE, Fargo701-232-2824www.fargogolf.net
El Zagal—9 Holes1400 Elm St, Fargo701-232-8156www.fargogolf.net
The Meadows—18 Holes401 34th St S, Moorhead218-299-7888www.moorheadgolf.com
Rose Creek—18 Holes1500 Rose Creek Parkway E, Fargo701-235-5100www.fargogolf.net
Village Green—18 Holes3421 Village Green Blvd, Moorhead218-299-7888www.moorheadgolf.com
Buffalo River State Park14 miles east of Moorhead on Hwy 10218-498-2124www.dnr.state.mn.usMinnesota's finest and largest remnant prairie grassland. Swimming and camping available.
Fargo Skate Park310 4th St S, Fargo701-241-1350www.fargoparks.com23,000 square feet of formed concrete challenges for skateboards, in-line skates and bicycles.
Minnesota State University Regional Science Center15 miles east of Moorhead on Hwy 10218-477-2904www.mnstate.edu/sciencecenterNature trails, bird watching, telescope observatory, stargazing and a tall grass prairie.
Thunder Road Mini Golf & Family Fun Park2902 Thunder Road, Fargo701-282-5151www.thunderroadfargo.comMini golf, go karts, batting cages, video arcade and bumper cars at this attraction.
Sports Bubble2761 12th Ave S, Fargo701-280-0824www.thesportsbubble.comUnique indoor golf and sports facility offering recreation for people of all ages.
S.S. Ruby Red River Tours202 1st Ave N, Moorhead701-793-7829www.riverkeepers.orgDiscover the history, geography and wildlife of the Red River on a pontoon tour. Canoe and kayak rentals available.
Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center202 1st Ave N, Moorhead218-299-5511www.hcscconline.orgHome 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 Theatre314 Broadway, Fargo701-235-4152www.fargotheatre.orgThe Fargo Theatre is the area's vintage movie palace fully restored to its 1937 art deco glory. Call for information.
Plains Art Museum704 1st Ave N, Fargo701-232-3821www.plainsart.orgThe largest art museum in North Dakota located in historic Downtown Fargo. It features regional and national exhibits.Closed: MondayOpen: Tuesday-Wednesday 11am-5pm, Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
Rourke Art Museum & Gallery521 Main Ave & 523 4th St S, Moorhead 218-236-8861www.rourkeart.orgPermanent 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-5pmTours available Wednesday & Thursday
Roger Maris MuseumWest Acres Shopping Center3902 13th Ave S, Fargo701-282-2222www.rogermarismuseum.comExhibits, memorabilia and video of our hometown hero and Yankee superstar.Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Fargo Air Museum1609 19th Ave N, Fargo701-293-8043www.fargoairmuseum.orgThe 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 Zoo4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo701-277-9240www.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-7pmAfter Labor Day Open Saturday & Sunday Noon-4pm
West Acres Shopping Center3902 13th Ave S, Fargo701-282-2222www.westacres.comThe region's largest shopping center with four department stores, 120 specialty stores and a spectacular food court!
Moorhead Center Mall510 Center Ave, Moorhead218-233-6117www.moorheadcentermall.comOffering unique local stores and a warm community setting. Shoppers benefit from the exemption of sales tax on clothes and shoes!
Scheels All Sports Store1551 45th St S, Fargo701-298-2918www.scheelssports.comOne 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 ShoppingBroadway in FargoHistoric 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, 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.
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 Fargo1423 35th St. SW, Fargo, ND701-234-9946 | 1-800-634-3444
Baymont Inn and Suites Fargo3333 13th Avenue S, Fargo ND (800) 433-3235
Country Inn & Suites3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND701-234-0565 | 1-800-456-4000
Courtyard by Marriott & Mhd Area Conference Ctr1080 28th Ave S, Moorhead MN218-284-1000 | 1-800-321-2211
Fargo Inn & Suites1025 38th St. SW, Fargo, ND 701-282-6300 | 877-256-6307
Grand Inn Moorhead810 Belsly Blvd, Moorhead, MN218-233-7501 | 1-866-888-9595
Hampton Inn3431 14th Ave S, Fargo ND701-235-5566 | 1-800-426-7866
Hilton Garden Inn4351 17th Ave S, Fargo ND701-499-6000 | 1-877-STAY-HGI
Holiday Inn3803 13th Ave S, Fargo ND701-282-2700 | 1-877-282-2700
Holiday Inn Express1040 40th St S, Fargo ND701-282-2000 | 1-800-465-4329
Motel 61202 S 36th St, Fargo ND701-232-9251 | 1-800-466-8356
Radisson Hotel Fargo201 N 5th St, Fargo, ND701-232-7363
Ramada Plaza Suites1635 42nd St S, Fargo ND701-277-9000 | 1-800-2-RAMADA
Super 8 Motel3621 8th St S, Moorhead MN218-233-8880 | 1-800-800-8000
Super 8 & Suites3518 Interstate Blvd/I-29 Exit 64, Fargo ND701-232-9202 | 1-800-800-8000
Travelodge & Suites3027 S Frontage Rd, Moorhead MN218-233-5333 | 1-866-263-2327
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.
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: 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.