A Family Fun Guide for A Weekend in Fargo + GIVEAWAY

Hit the road or plan a stay-cation for you and your family in Fargo! View our guide of family-friendly activities and a great place to stay that’s sure to please the entire family. Plus, read through the post to see how you could win a special giveaway from the Holiday Inn & West Acres…

By: Niki | April 1, 2017

We may be biased, but we love our city of Fargo! Not only is it the place we call home, but it’s one of our favorite places to make memories with our family and friends. We are excited to partner with the newly-remodeled Holiday Inn® Fargo to bring you a family-fun guide for a weekend in Fargo, with a special giveaway to help you kick off your getaway! (Find it at the end of the post.)

From the many parks to numerous activities and special events, the spring and summer are the perfect times to plan a fun weekend with family. Here is our guide for your next trip (or weekend at home) in our lovely city of Fargo…

Where to Shop

West Acres

There’s something for everyone inside these walls! We heard it from kiddos themselves, there’s a lot of fun to be had at the mall. Grab your family and visit us where it’s always 70 and sunny (with a side of shopping). Some hot spots for the younger kids are JCPenney’s 2nd floor Disney section, Justice, Big Nick’s Sports Cards, Gap Kids, and Gymboree. And when it’s mama’s turn to shop, Evereve has the perfect little play area for the kids to hang while you try on the latest spring styles!

When your clan needs a break from shopping, relax and listen to the rushing waters of the famous Fountain in our fountain court while sipping on a smoothie from Orange Julius (or a coffee at Moxie Java when caffeine is in need). Another kid-approved spot is the Aquarium Court where the kids can watch the fish in our 1,000-gallon freshwater aquarium filled with African cichlid.

Do the kids need to run off some energy? Enojy recess all year long at Recess West, located in the food court. Kids love getting up close and personal with these bright-colored park-themed elements. The soft-foam material makes them perfect for crawling in and on, with plenty of tunnels to explore and slide through. (Translation: Kids run off some energy in a safe, fun place.) Note: For kids 42″ and under.


Where to Stay

Holiday Inn® Fargo

Beloved as a local landmark, the Holiday Inn® Fargo offers an ideal location near the region’s major businesses, attractions and shopping. With easy access to I-29, I-94 and Hector International Airport (FAR), it’s one of the best hotel choices in the area.
The hotel’s excellent family-fun pool (more on that below) restaurant, casino, and convention center make it the best choice for a North Dakota vacation or staycation. Local attractions are within minutes, with the mall located right across the street! The hotel also offers additional amenities including a business center, fitness center, guest laundry, and free shuttle to and from the airport and within city limits.

Your kiddos will never want to leave the pirate-themed waterpark! The remodeled 13,000-sq-ft Shipwreck Bay Waterpark featuring a pool area specifically designed for kids. Slide down one of the ship’s 5 slides and make a big splash! You can enjoy the pool with the kids or sit in the nearby hot-tub. Several chairs, tables and games surround the pool, so you can just relax while your kids play.

Hungry or Thirsty? Cold beverages (including beer & mixed drinks) can be purchased at the Pool Hut located right next to the pool, or relax at the newly-remodeled hotel bar. If you’re hungry you can order a Domino’s Pizza that is made right in the hotel (does it get any better than that?).

Sound like a dream come true? Learn how you can WIN a 3-night stay at the Holiday Inn and a few other special prizes at the end of this post!

Information and photos provided by Holiday Inn® Fargo


Where to Play

West Acre Cinema

The Marcus West Acres Cinema is the  premiere entertainment destination in Fargo, featuring 14 state-of-the-art auditoriums, one of which is an UltraScreen DLX® concept with a massive screen nearly 70-foot wide, three-stories tall; Dolby® Atmos® multidimensional sound; and comfortable DreamLounger™ recliner seating. Seeing a movie will never be the same! The cinema is located conveniently on the south side of West Acres.

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Red River Zoo

The 22-acre zoo is the leading conservation center for some of the world’s rarest cold climate species! You can see 89 species of animals in their natural habitats. The zoo also features an amazing antique carousel. Open year-round – click here to see their current hours.

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Thunder Road

Thunder road is the place for family fun! The park features a 9-turn 1100 foot go-kart track, two 18-hole golf courses, batting cages, bumper cars, a fully featured arcade, and a 5,000 sq ft muliti-level Lazer Tag Arena! This experience-packed park is open seasonally from May – November. Visit their website to see their current hours and open days.

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Fargo Air Museum

Fargo Air Museum is home to aircraft of all eras; from the modern Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance drone to the “most accurate recreation of a Wright Brothers’ Flyer the Smithsonian Institute has ever seen.” Visit their website for current hours and events!

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Lindenwood Park

Lindenwood Park is one of our favorite (and largest) parks in Fargo – home to spacious green areas, multiple picnic shelters, landscape campground, six softball diamonds, a baseball diamond, bike rentals, restrooms, and a playground for kids of all abilities!

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Redhawks Baseball Game at Newman Outdoor Field

Nothing welcomes spring and summer like a great game of baseball – especially at an outdoor field! The Redhawks are an independent minor league baseball in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Clubs. The games are all about family fun in an outdoor environment – fun for fans of all ages!

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Trollwood Performing Arts Event at Bluestem Ampitheater

Trollwood Performing Arts School is a unique youth development organization committed to providing high-quality performing arts and exceptional community entertainment. This summer their mainstage musical will be Beauty & The Beast! See how you could win tickets to this summer’s performance at the end of this post!

Ready for a weekend of fun?

WIN the Weekend with this GIVEAWAY! [This giveaway is now closed]

We couldn’t possibly tease you with all of these activities without giving you a chance to get in on the fun, so we’re giving away a weekend getaway for you and your family! Here’s what you could win:

  • A 3-night stay at Holiday Inn® Fargo
  • A $100 mall card for West Acres
  • 2 tickets to Trollwood Performing Arts’ Beauty & the Beast

How to enter:

Click here to find this post on our Facebook page, and then comment why you’d love to win this giveaway & then share it with your friends! A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 10 at noon.

Contest rules:

  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Date restrictions may apply. Please see prize provider for details.
  • You must follow all directions and requirements above for a chance to win
  • The giveaway will run from Saturday, April 1 – Monday, April 10.
  • This giveaway was not sponsored in any way. We are proud to collaborate with the Holiday Inn® Fargo, who provided the 3-night stay giveaway.


I have the privilege of being on the amazing Marketing, PR and Fashion team as the Digital Marketing Manager at West Acres. When I am not managing our social and digital platforms and brainstorming content ideas, I am the woman behind (and sometimes in front of) the camera – creating content and working with the media to create segments to introduce the latest trends! When I’m not at the mall, you can find me watching “Friends,” eating ice cream by the carton, spending time with my family and friends, feeding my Pinterest addiction or crossing off destinations on my traveling bucket list.




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