Free Things to Do in Fargo: 8 Fun Ideas

free things to do in Fargo

Favorite Free Things to Do in Fargo

1. Parks

Between Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead, there are tons of parks to explore in the area! These parks also offer year-round fun — play and picnic in summer, sled and skate in winter!
Check the following websites for more information on the parks and also events throughout the year:

And check out our favorite local parks here!

lindenwood fargo

2. Art Museums

Located in downtown Fargo and downtown Moorhead, take in a bit of culture and enjoy free admission!

The Plains Art Museum also has a play room where kids can read and get creative.

3. Local Libraries

Find a cozy spot to read with your kids and check out some favorites to enjoy at home. They offer reading programs, story times, and events for various age groups (many free, but some do require pre-registration).

If it’s summer time, make sure find The Little Red Reading Bus and stop to visit for some fun!

story time fargo

4. Downtown Murals

Take in lots of great art in historical downtown Fargo and get some fun photos. Check out our printable map and enjoy walking from one mural to the next.

downtown fargo

5. West Acres Mall

Stroller-friendly and plenty of things to keep the kids entertained, no matter what the weather!

  • Visit the fountain and throw in coins.
  • Stroll to the pet store, admire the aquarium, and learn at the Roger Maris Museum.
  • Take in the Kids Playland by the food court.
  • Admire the various art installations.
  • Test out some of the hands-on activities at the toy store.
And for free kid-friendly events, check their event page.

6. Explore the Trails

Many of these trails are located near the Red River. Hike or bike, and be sure to bring binoculars for wildlife sighting. Read out post on 15 Places to Hike with Kids and our favorite bike paths for ideas on where to go!

lindenwood park

7. Visit the FM Visitors Center

Play tourist and take a trip to the FM Visitor Center housed in a grain elevator-style building.
  • View the Celebrity Walk of Fame.
  • Take a picture with the woodchipper from the movie Fargo.
  • Pick up maps and brochures on Fargo-Moorhead for more inspiration things to do.

8. Check Out a Summer Garden

There are some wonderful places in Fargo & Moorhead to explore gardens. Some even have fairy gardens and butterflies! Visit one of these great spots in the summer to smell the flowers:

Feel like starting your own garden? Visiting the various plant nurseries around town can be fun, too! And if it’s fall, visiting a local apple orchard is super fun!

Is there anything you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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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.


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