Day Trip from Fargo: Things to Do in Barnesville

If you’re looking for a fun, easy day trip from Fargo, there are plenty of things to do in Barnesville, just 30 minutes away!

Things to Do in Barnesville, MN

Location: 30 minutes from Fargo/Moorhead

Located just off I-94, Barnesville is great for a quick day trip.

What to do:

Blue Eagle Lake

Blue Eagle Lake is a fun spot for a picnic or to spend a summer afternoon.

This is a man-made lake that was originally created as a WPA project in the 1930s.

The lake features a nice swimming area with a sandy beach, swimming raft, and bath house. By the swimming beach, is a a nearby playground and volleyball nets.Barnesville

There is another playground area on the other side of the lake, along with tennis courts, and basketball courts for expending energy.

Hike the path around the lake for scenic views. It’s not too far and paved, so it is kid-friendly and also stroller-friendly.

Along the path is a fishing pier. It’s a great spot to cast a line in!

Neighborhood Parks

This small community has nine parks, including a skate park.

Kava Family Splash PadBarnesville

Located at McGrath Park, this splash pad has 10 different features and is recommended for kids ages two to 12. It’s free and open 10:00 a.m. to sunset each day. Note: children under six years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Food/Sweet Treats

If you’re spending most of the day in Barnesville and don’t want to pack a meal, check out these places:

Dee’s Drive-In for fast food favorites and ice cream, open seasonally.

The Dairy Queen for familiar treats, conveniently located near the Blue Eagle swimming beach!

 Willow Creek Golf Course

Located just east of Barnesville off Highway 34. This public golf course is a nine hole course with carts available to rent.

The Clay County Fair

This is a true, old-fashioned county fair. With animals, exhibitions, shows at the grandstand (including a demolition derby and tractor pull), and rides, there is quite a bit to see and do. The Clay County Fair is a smaller-sized fair, but provides a great classic fair experience.

Gate admission is free and all ages can play Bingo at the Lions Club booth for just 25 cents per card!

Potato Days

Held annually each August, this festival celebrates all things potato. Enjoy potato foods and more unconventional potato-related activities, like mashed potato wrestling. They also have events specifically for kids, check out the Potato Days website for more information.

For more summer fun, check out our Day Trip Series and the Fargo Mom Ultimate Guide of Things to Do in Fargo this Summer!
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Leah Tennefos
Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


  1. Just an FYI- The Eagle Cafe is not currently open, but we do have Subway and also a sit-down option in the Purple Goose Eatery & Drinkery.


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