Grand Forks, North Dakota, is home to the University of North Dakota, as well as Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Chester Fritz Auditorium hosts country music, Broadway theater shows and special performances. For the athletically inclined, there is ice skating on the town square ice rink, miles of roller skating pathways, and the Alerus Center for conventions and sporting events.
Grand Forks International Airport (GFK) lies approximately five miles away from the city. There are many national hotel and motel chains located near the airport, as well as several locally owned bed-and-breakfast inns. In downtown, there are more hotels offering a range of amenities, which are within walking distance of many entertainment and food options.
Grand Forks, North Dakota, typically experiences long, cold winters with average temperatures in the mid-teens, and warm summers with average temperatures in the mid-60s. Winter sports, such as ice skating, cross-country skiing and hockey, are favorites. The warm summers see locals and visitors head to the many sporting facilities for swimming, and to the river for water skiing and boating. Grand Forks is home to a variety of cuisine, from local American country fare to ethnic food from all over the world. Nightlife ranges from dinner and a movie to theatrical performances at The Chester Fritz Auditorium.