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Grand Forks offers wide range of activities, entertainment

As summer continues, some families find themselves torn in many different directions. The challenge of bringing the family together in a way that is engaging for everyone and affordable can seem like a daunting challenge. 

A quick weekend getaway to the Grand Forks area can be the perfect solution. The region offers a wide range of shopping, sports and outdoors activities, as well as arts and entertainment. The greater Grand Forks area has something for everyone. FridayUpon arriving, check into one of Grand Forks’ affordable, comfortable hotels. For convenient access to North Dakota’s largest indoor waterpark, Splashers, the Canad Inn offers accommodations in the same building, alongside restaurants and the Alerus Center, where the University of North Dakota’s football team plays during its regular season starting in September. 
Whether you catch some waves or a game on Friday, make sure you leave some time to explore the many parks Grand Forks has to offer. The greenway along the river is a great spot for the family to enjoy some time flying kites, rollerblading, biking or walking along the Red River. Seritoma Park also offers enjoyable nature trails in the heart of the city. With landscape ornaments donated from Grand Forks’ sister city in Japan, lush grass and tall shade trees, this park is a great place for a picnic or reading a book in the sun. Friday night is also a great time to catch a family movie at River Cinema in East Grand Forks or Carmike Cinema in Grand Forks. 
Saturday Saturday is a great time to experience all of Grand Forks’ great shopping opportunities. With two malls and a bustling downtown district, there is no shortage of stores to please even the most specific interests. Each Saturday morning through the summer, the town square comes alive with farmers and artisans selling locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts. A couple blocks away, start shopping and snacking at Widman’s Candy shop, which features local favorite Chippers — chocolate dipped potato chips. From there, the fashionistas of the family can check out the various boutiques downtown where the latest local trends are available. The sportsmen might be interested in heading across the river to Cabela’s where they can stock up on the latest in hunting, camping and fishing gear. Meet up for lunch or dinner in one of the many locally owned restaurants downtown, then head south for even more shopping adventures. 
Grand Forks is constantly adding to the already wide variety of places to shop. Scheels’ recent relocation to the Columbia Mall allowed for a dramatic expansion. Numerous interactive games for the whole family, interactive designated photo areas and a vast range of products from hunting and fishing equipment to yoga apparel. The city also welcomed a new Walmart location recently on its northwest corner along U.S. Highway 2. A great place to quickly stock up on forgotten necessities, the new store is conveniently located near the airport. SundayBefore heading back to Canada, take a moment to reconnect. Whether you attend a service with one of Grand Forks’ religious groups or head to the great outdoors, Sunday in Grand Forks is a restful time to reconnect with loved ones. A canoe trip down the river, or fishing on one of the nearby lakes can be the perfect way to wrap up the weekend of fun.A family hike at nearby Turtle River is another great way to experience the Red River Valley’s gorgeous scenery.