Where the Red River intersects the communities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo, you can expect an upscale, metropolitan adventure honed with a profound sense of history.
U-R Next Barber Shop: Built in 1900 in Buffalo, ND, many of the objects on display are original to the shop, including the back bar and wooden barber chairs.
St. John’s Church: Built in 1898 near Horace, ND, many furnishings are original including the twelve lamp kerosene chandelier. The church held services until 1967 when it was gifted and resettled to Bonanzaville. Weddings and services are still held in the church.
Thue-Brink Store: A general store from Horace, ND, built in 1896 by H. H. Thue and C. O. Brink. The post office was also part of the structure and was operated for 56 years by the Thue Family.
Wheatland Town Hall and Jail: Built in 1905 in Wheatland Township, ND, the building housed two constables, a justice of the peace, and lawbreakers.
Looking for reasons to bring your kids?
It is the mission of Bonanzaville to collect, display and translate the artifacts pertaining to the history and cultural heritage of Cass County (ND) and the Red River Valley. This includes:
- The Native American experience in the West
- Settlement and immigration to the Red River Valley (MN and ND)
- Western expansion and its impact on the prairie
- History and development of agriculture
- History and development of transportation
- Cause and effect of the railroad on the West
- Rise and fall of the bonanza farms
- Life in a pioneer town (1870-1920)
- Homes, schools, general store, hotel etc
Cass County Historical Society
1351 W. Main Ave
P.O. Box 719
West Fargo, ND 58078
S.S Ruby Boat Tours
River Keepers was founded in 1990 to defend and maintain the integrity and natural environment of the Red River of the North in the Fargo, North Dakota area. In addition, River Keepers promotes a vision for the Red River of the North through workshops, youth service-learning projects and advocacy. The principal goal of River Keepers is to establish to the public that the Red River is an underused resource.
Discover the history, geography, and wildlife of the Red River from the decks of the S.S. Ruby during a 45-minute pontoon tour.
Open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend,
Tuesdays and Fridays 5-8 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 1-7 p.m.
Tickets: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 ages 5-7, Charters available other days as well. Reservations encouraged.
Call 701-793-RUBY for more information.
325 7th St.
S., Ste. 201,
Fargo, ND 58103-1846
Celebrity Walk Of Fame
(Located At Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center)
2001 44th St S
With more than 110 celebrity signatures, hand-prints and footprints in cement at this free attraction. Celebrities from such occupations as musicians, artist, politicians, and sports men and women; some of the stars included are Garth Brooks, Neil Diamond, KISS, Chubby Checker, Maury Wills, Debbie Reynolds, and Governor Jesse Ventura, Richard Simmons, Bill Gates, Alice Cooper, and many more have left their mark.
The Children’s Museum At Yunker Farm
1201 28th Avenue North
The Museum provides a wide mixture of educational programs, special events and outreach programs and retains the home-like environment which makes learning fun and inviting for both children and adults alike. Located on 55 acres are a miniature train, carousel, playground, pumpkin patch, nature trails, miniature golf course, wild flower meadow, children’s alphabet garden, Butterfly garden, Pipi Longstockings playhouse, community gardens, dog park, football field, and acres of wide open space, increasing The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm experience.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Closed Monday except for school holidays
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Children under 1 year: Free
Train rides: $1
Carousel rides; $0.50
Red River Zoo
4220 21st Ave. S.
A top of the line zoo with 60 animal species on more than 16 acres of natural habitat that specializes in rare and endangered species; children and adult alike will enjoy the animal petting areas and a ride on the restored 1928 Diederich Family Carousel.
After Labor Day
Saturday & Sunday: Noon-4PM
Seniors (60+): $7
Children ages 2-14: $5
Children under 2: FREE
Members of the zoo: FREE
Plains Art Museum
704 1st Ave N
This museum of fine arts is a renovated, state-of-the-art structure in historic downtown Fargo. The Plains Art Museum hosts regional and national exhibits, large permanent collections, special events, performances and art classes. The museum also includes a cafe and store.
Educators w/ ID: $4
Students w/ ID: Free
West Acres Regional Shopping Center
(Home of the Roger Maris Museum)
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: noon – 6 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Easter.
West Acres Mall
3902 13th Avenue South,
Fargo, North Dakota 58103
West Acres shows a carefully chosen selection of local and regional artwork and limited-time displays that enhance the West Acres experience for shoppers and visitors.
Roger Maris Museum
Fargo’s own Roger Maris, baseball’s home run king, is commemorated in this popular national attraction. Relive Roger’s life, both on and off the baseball diamond, including his legendary 61 home runs in 1961, amongst cherished memorabilia.
Kids love getting up close and personal with these bright-colored dinos. These soft-foam critters are perfect for crawling in and on, with plenty of tunnels to explore and slide through.
This 1,000-gallon freshwater aquarium is the beautiful home for hundreds of colorful, entertaining African cichlids. See if you can spot all 17 varieties!
So as you can see, the Red River area in North Dakota has a lot to offer for tourist and year long residents. All these places are fairly cheap and well worth the money to not only get in touch with your history, but your family as well.