6 Fun Weekend Trips From Fargo with Kids

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Looking for weekend trips from Fargo the whole family will enjoy?

Here are some options that are not too far from the Fargo area, and things to do once you get there!

6 Weekend Trips from Fargo

1. Twin Cities

Distance from Fargo: 3.5 hours

Minneapolis and St. Paul are just a short road trip away! And have all the big city amenities to offer — a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, places to shop, and explore.

No matter the time of year, there is always something to do in the Twin Cities. Including visits to the Mall of America, Minnesota Zoo, Science Museum of Minnesota, and so much more!

For a full listing of family-friendly activities, see 10 Things to Do with Kids in the Twin Cities.

2. Duluth

Distance from Fargo: 4.5 hours

5 Weekend Trips

Venture up north and experience the scenic beauty of Duluth! There’s lots of fun to be had outdoors, but there are also indoor options. Take the time to explore the Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth Children’s Museum, and Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

Check out the nearby sights (like Split Rock Lighthouse) and enjoy the good food and local shops.

And for more options in Duluth, see our post Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Duluth.

3. Sioux Falls

Distance from Fargo: 3.5 hours

Make the trip to South Dakota’s largest city. Local attractions include the downtown SculptureWalk, Wild Water West Waterpark, and Butterfly House & Aquarium — the only public saltwater aquarium in the Dakotas.

Other sights include the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, parks, and bike trails.

And to explore the city’s past, visit the Old Courthouse Museum and the Pettigrew Home & Museum.

4. Bismarck

Distance from Fargo: 3 hours

5 Weekend Trips

North Dakota’s capital city offers plenty of adventure for the whole family. Highlights include the large Dakota Zoo, North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum, and the North Dakota State Capitol building.

The river, interested in history? Check out the artifacts and reconstructed earth lodges at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

When the weather is nice, explore near the Missouri River, hike or bike the trails, explore parks and local golf courses.

And for more ideas, read Things to Do in Bismarck with Kids.

5. Omaha

Distance from Fargo: 6 hours


Looking to venture a bit further out? If you have animal lovers in the family, the zoo is worth the drive! The Henry Doorly Zoo is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top five zoos.

Ride historic train cars at The Durham Museum, Omaha Children’s Museum, and explore over 100 acres of natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens.

For more things to do in Omaha, check out our article here!

5. Winnipeg

Distance from Fargo: 3.5 hours

Our neighbors to the north sometimes get forgotten about as a destination, but at a short 3 hours away Winnipeg makes for a great family destination! With lots of unique cuisine and things to do, it’s the perfect spot to spend a quick weekend away (just don’t forget the passport!).

Some favorites on our list are Assinniboine Park & Zoo, the Leaf Botanical Gardens, the CF Polo Park Mall, the Manitoba Museum, and the Forks Market.

So, if you’re looking to explore with the whole family, one of these destinations could fit the bill!

What are some of your favorite weekend trips from Fargo? Let us know in the comments below!

Or, looking for family fun without leaving town? Check out our post on Historic Landmarks & Museums in Fargo-Moorhead.
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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. These are really great ideas, and I also think Winnipeg is a great destination! Kids can experience traveling across the border, explore the French quarter, and there’s lots of fun shopping, festivals, and museums.

  2. We are heading to the twin cities for spring break, By summer we will opt for Sioux Falls or Winnipeg.. Thanks for these wonderful suggestions..


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