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Date Night: The Under 21 Date

Photos By J. Alan Paul Photography, Dan Francis Photography

It’s a massive misnomer that one can be under 21 and not have fun in Fargo-Moorhead. Those that say that are just not looking hard enough at what the community has to offer for those who are not of age to go into a bar or have an alcoholic drink. For those who are not able to do that, there are a host of fun options for date night. From taking in one of Fargo’s most notable landmarks to enjoying an evening at the bowling alley, there is certainly enough for a very fun date night. Try some of these date ideas if you’re stuck in the rut of being under 21.

Experience The Fargo Theatre

There are few landmarks in the city that compare to the Fargo Theatre. The sign outside is one of the legendary marks in the state of North Dakota and has spawned countless Instagram photos. However, have you ever been inside to see a movie or a show? While many in our community hold the Theatre in high regard, a great deal have never been inside for an event. The good thing for you and your partner is that the Fargo Theatre is not a 21 and over venue. From the most popular movies to concerts to comedy shows, the Fargo Theatre is a perfect place for it all. Couple that with it’s mystique and classic interior and you will have an unforgettable date.

Play Some Games

Video games and interactive fun drives the millennial crowd nowadays and that crosses over into the dating scene for those under 21. Retro video games are making a comeback and gaining popularity by the day. Fargo is no stranger to that trend with a few places to enjoy classic (and current video games). Fargo Pinball is traditionally a member-only club, but through the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center, you can get a visitors card for just $10. Replay Games is not just a video game store in Downtown Fargo, but they also allow you to play video games there for an hourly fee. Lastly, Thunder Road features a classic arcade full of great games. On top of that, you can challenge your date to a laser tag war. Once the weather warms up, Thunder Road also offers go-karts, batting cages, bumper cars and one of the best mini-golf courses in the area.

Thunder Road: 2902 Thunder Rd S, Fargo
Fargo Pinball: 1133 Harwood Dr S, Fargo
Replay Games: 502 1st Ave N Ste E, Fargo

Get Sporty

Sports are something everyone can bond over in one way or another. Regardless of if your allegiances lie with a specific team or not, many dates revolve around sports. The great thing about local sporting events is that there is no age restriction, all you have to do is pay the price of admission. The Fargo Force is one of the hottest tickets in town, especially for those huge hockey fans. The Force’s schedule runs through April (not including playoffs), so there is no shortage of chances to see them. North Dakota State athletics offers several sports to enjoy throughout the winter and into spring. The men’s and women’s basketball teams play until March while track & field, baseball and softball all play until the end of the school year. Once summer hits, do not forget to check out the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks too.

Find The Lanes

Bowling is a sport everyone can get on board with. You don’t have to have any acute athletic ability or talent to be at least semi-good at bowling. Fargo-Moorhead has several bowling alleys that are perfect for an under 21 date (or even a first date for that matter). Not to mention, many of the bowling alleys offer student discounts if you happen to be in college. There are few things sweeter than getting free entertainment for a petty price (or even free in some cases). In that sense, you really cannot go wrong with bowling if you’re a budget-conscious, under 21 college kid. Both you and your date can appreciate that.

The Bowler: 2630 S University Dr, Fargo
Red River Lanes: 707 28th Ave N, Fargo
West Acres Bowl: 3402 Interstate Blvd S, Fargo
Sunset Lanes: 620 US-75, Moorhead
All-Star Bowl: 309 17th St N, Moorhead

Nolan Schmidt

Written by Nolan Schmidt

Nolan is the Co-Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated publication. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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