Top 10 Things to do in Grand Forks, United States

February 23, 2018 Lean Nau

Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota (after Fargo and Bismarck) and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.
Restaurants in Grand Forks

1. Ralph Engelstad Arena

1 Ralph Engelstad Arena Dr, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58203-2205 +1 701-777-4167
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 292 reviews

Ralph Engelstad Arena

Reviewed By maryfMinnesota - LAKE CITY

This Arena is awesome in every respect! So so much fun to go to hockey ? ? games here! Very clean facility not a spec of dirt anywhere! Not a bad seat in the house! Cant say enough good things about the Ralph!

2. University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND +1 701-777-3000
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

University of North Dakota

Reviewed By jksmi - Asia

In early June was still cool (high 40s-60s) with some rain showers, and it warmed up a lot in early July. The grounds are well-kept. There are some lovely flower beds and green trees around. There is the "English Coulee" running through part of the campus. The paths are great places to walk and bike. There is a "fitness trail" that people walk, bike and roller blade on. There is a variety of housing.
The Wilkerson dining area has been newly upgraded and has a WIDE/HUGE choice of foods. It is buffet style, including salad choices, meat,grills, allergen free area, wood-fired pizza etc etc. It can be overwhelming the amount of choices. The ladies checking on cards to get in are friendly and some of the workers are too. [Wish more people would just take some to eat in the beginning and then go back for more if they need! Then there would be less wastage of food!]
Met some parents checking out the campus for the son going to the aviation program. They were concerned with the "lack of diversity" in the student body; not a lot of people who were from other states than ND, Minn or surrounding. This is something the University can work on.

3. Flood Memorial Monument

Memorial Park, N. 3rd St. and DeMers, Grand Forks, ND
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Flood Memorial Monument

Monument honors the rescue workers of the April 18, 1997 flood.

Reviewed By scottcaps - Maryland

Near the town square downtown; free parking available nearby. Worth a stop if you are downtown to really appreciate the water levels of the floods. Can see the new flood walls and embankments. There is a nice biking/jogging path in the greenway along the river and you can walk over the bridge into East Grand Forks, MN or watch the trains go over the railroad bridge.

4. River Cities Speedway

2300 Gateway Dr, Grand Forks, ND 58203-1409 +1 701-780-0999
Excellent
81%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

River Cities Speedway

Reviewed By 95Curt_R - Winkler, Canada

Same as before..great concessions and,the pits were great,racing was fabulous,accidents were not long and drawn out

5. North Dakota Museum of Art

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, 261 Centennial Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7305 +1 701-777-4195
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

North Dakota Museum of Art

North Dakota Museum of Art houses temporary exhibitions of regional, national, and international art.

Reviewed By G H - Alexandria, Virginia

I enjoyed the exhibits at this museum and found the overall architecture of this small museum to be part of it's charm. It has two large halls and a loft exhibit area. Outside is a stone hinge like stone exhibit where each rock is one...MoreThank you for the review and glad the visit was enjoyable. Please come back again was our exhibitions typically change every 6 to 8 weeks. If there was anything we can do to improve the experience, let us know.

6. Splasher's of the South Seas

1000 S 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND 58201-3927 +1 701-772-8404
Excellent
26%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
9%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 109 reviews

Splasher's of the South Seas

Reviewed By Buscheka - Walkersville, Maryland

Much smaller than expected and not very busy. The kids had a great time. The lifeguards were not extremely visible or good at actively enforcing safe behavior. I had two children with sore ears afterwards. The food from the pizza place was pretty good and they bring it out to your table in the water park. I thought the price of just over $20 for each adult and child was a lot. That was over $100 for our family.

7. Alerus Center

1200 S 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND 58201-3733 +1 701-792-1200
Excellent
35%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Alerus Center

Reviewed By ShanOC - Grand Forks, North Dakota

I spend more time here watching the UND Sioux football team play here than anything else, however I have been here a multitude of times for concerts, shows, dinners, conferences, wedding dinners and dances... and the list goes on. There's a lot of room to move from place to place. The Alerus is always clean and well presented. The staff has always been easy to work with over the years. As a cheer coach for UND, I spend a lot of my time at the football games making sure the cheerleaders are doing well. They work hard to prepare for games and performances. The only complaint I have had is the doggone hard plastic cup holders connected to the back of every seat. I am guaranteed to smash my shin into one of these nasty cup holders 2-3 times at every game. You've been warned! Being that the seat rows are so narrow and then they add cup holders to the narrow rows, this doesn't give much leg room for taller people when they sit down. I may need to purchase shin guards and wear them under (or over) my pants for future events at the Alerus Center. It is very convenient that the Alerus Center is connected to the Canad Inn! You can always leave the Alerus and walk over to one of the restaurants for a frosty beverage. Yes, this may have been done "once or twice" in all the years that I have been here. lol Many fun memories here over the years, that's for sure! Thank you!

8. Fire Hall Theatre

412 2nd Ave N, Grand Forks, ND 58203-3710 +1 701-746-0847
Excellent
82%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 11 reviews

Fire Hall Theatre

Reviewed By ShanOC - Grand Forks, North Dakota

Cleverly hidden in a downtown alley between Grand Forks Central High School and the the Grand Forks City Hall is an old fire station that has been converted to what is now part of our local performing arts buildings in our Grand Cities! Don't let the size fool you... big things have been known to come from this little place! You say you want to see a show here? Awesome! This place doesn't hold many people. Be sure to get your tickets fast. Waiting too long to get your tickets to a show here may have you scratching at the door to get in. Nobody wants to see you do that. Are you interested in taking the stage yourself? Well then, contact the Fire Hall Theatre and find out when auditions will be for upcoming performances. Check this place out! You'll be glad you did!

9. Japanese Gardens

3300 11th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND
Excellent
26%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 42 reviews

Japanese Gardens

Reviewed By Mike H - Grand Forks, North Dakota

Great place to get away from things. Relax, walk around or bring your family or friends for whatever. Well maintained and easy to get to. There is a playground for the little ones, a shelter and restrooms. Located near Ray Richards golf course. Smaller parking lot, but you can park on the north side it appears on the street. I have been going there for group workouts.

10. Memorial Park

N. 3rd St. and DeMers, Grand Forks, ND
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Memorial Park

Park established in rememberance of the flood of April 18, 1997.

Reviewed By SenorGancho - Winnipeg, Canada

They've set the standard for river parkways. The green-space is fantastic. Bike paths, walking paths, benches, scenery, dog parks, they've got it all. Whether you want a quick stroll after supper or to spend some time having a picnic, this is great.
Park over on the MN side by the River City theatre for 2 hrs free parking and start your adventure.

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