Day Trip from Fargo: Otter Cove Children’s Museum

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For a fun afternoon of learning and play, head an hour southeast to Otter Cove Children’s Museum in Fergus Falls, MN!

Otter Cove Children’s Museum

Location: 105 W Lincoln Ave, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Distance from Fargo: 1 hour

The Otter Cove Children’s Museum offers lots of creative space to play and learn for kids 11 years old and younger. 

What to do at Otter Cove:

Burn off energy at the indoor playground.

Pretend to anchor the news on the stage (kids can see themselves onscreen!).

Play in the indoor sandbox with sand toys, building and sifting sand.

Kids can use their imaginations in the miniature downtown Fergus Falls. They can sort and pretend to ring up items at the grocery store, cook in the restaurant, and explore the dentist office, vet’s office, and library.

Why we love Otter Cove:

The art center encourages kids to embrace their inner artist with painting and projects.

The indoor playground has a large slide, monkey bars, and climbing area for physical play.

For imaginative play, there’s a school bus that kids can pretend to drive, phones for calling from shop to shop, and letters to be sorted and delivered to the various shops.

There’s a mini library where kids can read books.

The Otter Cove Children’s Museum is a bright and clean space where kids can play for hours.

Good to know:

Hours vary each day, check out the Otter Cove website for their schedule.

A parent or other supervising adult must accompany each child.

Kids can’t go barefoot, must wear socks or shoes.

General admission is $7 for children over the age of 12 months.

Reservations are recommended, but not required. Reserve a spot here.

Check out more of our Day Trip series and Explore with Kids series for ideas on where to explore around our region!
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Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


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