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Spare Time: What to do between games in Fargo...

Photo of railway station
"The Great Northern" (Railway Station)
AKA J.J.'s Bistro
AKA Shooting Star


Highly recommended was the Great Northern Restaurant & Brewery. It was a great restaurant / brewpub in a remodeled train depot along active tracks. It was also the source of RedHawks Red Ale (found at the ballpark). Unfortunately my favorite watering hole went belly up in fall '97 and again in '99, and 2000. The later incarnations being JJ's Bistro (after J.J. Hill, rail tycoon and owner of the Great Northern Railway) and Shooting Star (casino).

The Old Broadway Brewpub (the first in Fargo; 22 Broadway 701.227.1241) is an excellent choice for a meal. A good assortment of entrees in a fun "antique" atmosphere.

Getting to Downtown Fargo (to OB from I-29):

  1. Take Main Ave. exit downtown
  2. Drive through the numerous traffic lights the 3 miles into town
  3. Turn left (north) on Broadway
  4. Old Broadway is on the left, at on the SW corner of Broadway & 2nd Ave (?)
  5. Continue on Broadway three more blocks
  6. Great Northern is on the right

For those staying away from downtown there are numerous chain restaurants along I-29 and near the ballpark. One recommendation is Grandma's.

Sites & Attractions

Baseball fans should make the trek to the Roger Maris Museum at the West Acres Mall (off I-29, near I-94), This is a free display of most of Maris' awards from his time in the original Northern League in Fargo (his home town) through his famous 61 in '61 until his death. Arrive early or on off days to see the Maury Wills Museum at at the ballpark.

Otherwise there are other amusements such as Casinos (scattered more discretely than down in the So. Dakota) for adults, miniature golf and water slides (in case you didn't book a motel with one).


Usually ample and a Waterpark Wonderland

It's a waterslide paradise for kids here. Nearly every major motel has an indoor one some, including one with a "pirate ship" motif or some notable length/height. Most lodging is around the intersection of I-94 and I-29 ($40 and up).

Grown-ups can splurge at the Radisson Downtown (and even take the kids).