Keep the Summer Alive

churchill field
churchill field
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Churchill Field by the A. Glenn Hill Center offers green space for plenty of outdoor activities, including ultimate or spikeball.

Fall semester means the end of summer at North Dakota State University. While classes may have started, and you may be hitting the books instead of heading to the lakes, we’re not buried under three feet of snow quite yet, so here are a few ways to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather while it lasts.

Take advantage of the outdoors at NDSU

NDSU has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, with outdoor courts and study areas connected to the NDSU Wi-Fi.

If you’ve got free time, check out the volleyball courts near the High Rises, or use Churchill Field near the A. Glenn Hill Center to play a game of Ultimate or some Spikeball. The Wellness Center has a few outdoor intramurals, including sand volleyball and flag football.

If hitting the books is more your style, the Babbling Brook and the picnic tables near the Memorial Union have outdoor NDSU Wi-Fi, so you can study in the sunshine.

Check out a park or outdoor farmers’ market

If you need to get away from campus for a while, hop on a Bike Share and check out some of Fargo’s parks. Island Park and Lindenwood are great options, with some great trees if you’re looking for a place to hang up the hammock. If you have your own frisbees, some of the parks have disc golf courses for a new challenge.

The F-M metro also has some great summer treats from farmers’ markets to the legendary Moorhead Dairy Queen. The Moorhead Dairy Queen is one of the remaining original Dairy Queens. They’ll close for the season in October, so if you’re new to Fargo and looking for a treat, hit up this local favorite.

If you’re looking to go exploring on the weekend, Fargo-Moorhead’s downtown farmers’ market, the Red River Market, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They have vendor booths of locally grown produce, baked goods and street food from some of Fargo’s international vendors.

When all else fails, go to the lake

If you are still craving those summer lake days, Labor Day is just around the corner with a three-day weekend.

Otherwise, you can spend a Saturday at one of Fargo’s outdoor pools or nearby Buffalo River State Park. Buffalo River State Park is about a 30-minute drive into Minnesota. It has hiking trails, a swimming hole, picnic shelters and other amenities, like changing areas and camp grills. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, the park is host to several geocache sites, and you can check out the devices for free.

Itasca State Park is a little bit farther away, but still makes a great day trip, and offers more hiking trails, as well as access to the headwaters of the Mississippi River and boating on Lake Itasca.

Now get creative, go out there and keep summer alive at NDSU.

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