A visit to Moorhead Minnesota will take you to the Red River Valley region. Moorhead became known as "The Gateway to the West" in the late 19th century and, at the time, was one of the largest and most important cities in Minnesota.
Explore early Scandinavian history at the Hjemkomst Center where you will see an authentic Viking ship replica built by a local family.
Robert Asp, the ship's builder, passed away shortly after the ship was completed however family and friends fulfilled his dream of sailing the Hjemkomst ("homecoming") from Duluth, Mn to Bergen, Norway, in 1982.
A yearly celebration of Nordic culture is held on the grounds of the Hjemkomst Center the last week of June. This is one of the largest Scandinavian festivals in the U.S.Read Moorhead Minnesota reviews of hotels, activities, restaurants and "not to be missed" attractions.
Also built by local residents, the Moorhead stave church is a full scale replica of the original built in Vik, Norway around 1000 - 1300 during a time period when more than 1,000 stave churches were built throughout Norway. The church is located on the grounds of the Hjemkomst Center and is open daily for visitors.Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Inns Choose a romantic, cozy B & B anywhere in Minnesota you want to be.
The Comstock family was influential in making Moorhead what it is today. Solomon Comstock was a wealthy banker and railroad builder who once served as a state senator. He and his wife were instrumental in founding the college that has become Moorhead State University, and the Moorhead public library. Their daughter, Ada, was the first dean of women at the University of Minnesota and, later, president of Radcliffe College.
The Victorian Comstock mansion is open for tours during the summer months.
The Red River of the North provides both scenery and activity in and around Moorhead. It is also the divider between Moorhead and neighboring Fargo, North Dakota. Get out on the river with a paddleboat tour on the S.S. Ruby. Enjoy the scenery and learn about the history and ecology of the area. Tours leave hourly from under the First Avenue Bridge. Canoes, kayaks and bikes can be rented at this location as well.
There are two lovely art museums in the area. One is the Rourke Art Museum housed in the Federal Post office building in Moorhead. The other is the Plains Art Museum across the river in Fargo.
Moorhead Minnesota Fun Fact: The first ever Dairy Queen ice cream store opened in Moorhead in 1949. Bob and Phyllis Litherland were the owners.
Buffalo River State Park - How to Get to Buffalo River State Park: Go 14 miles east of Moorhead on U. S. Highway 10 and follow the signs to the park.
Enjoy one of Minnesota's largest restored native prairielands. Camp in the park or just visit for a day trip. Adjacent to the state park is the Minnesota State University-Moorhead's Regional Science Center. There you can hike through tall grass prairie and forest, visit the interpretive center, and at times, use the Paul Feder Observatory telescope.