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Big Ole Viking Statue

Big Ole Park, Alexandria, MN
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Ranked #4 of 17 attractions in Alexandria
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description: Symbol of Minnesota's Nordic pride, "Big Ole" was built in early 1965 as a second-year addition to the 1964-65 New York Word's Fair (Fiberglass... more »
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Minnesota
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96 reviews 96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We toured Alexandria with a group and Big Ole is a great spot for a group picture. It is conveniently located near the Runestone and Maritime museums. Unfortuantely, Ole recently lost one of his helmet horns and is in need of repair.

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Portland, Oregon
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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Well, it ranks up there with the Corn Palace and that big Jolly Green Giant down in Blue Earth and that big neon cowboy in Las Vegas but it is just hokey enough to be cool.

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Pleasanton, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
99 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Well, to be honest, it's not a piece of fine art by any means. But it's super big and super bright, so it can be used for a couple things: 1. It's a great background for taking pictures. You'll surely remember where it was taken because this statue is quite ... unforgettable 2. It's located by the trail parking lot,... More

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

When I was a child and we vacationed near Alexandria, Big Ole was always a fun photo op. He used to stand at the end of Broadway, but has been moved north about a block. He is located near the historic Depot, which is now a resturant, and on a wonderful bike trail near Lake Agnes. A great area to... More

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Ellenton, Florida
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30 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

A beautiful community park and the best photo op for miles! Big Olaf will make any traveler of scandinavian descent swell with pride :-)

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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We stopped in Alexandria,MN to see Big Ole. So much bigger that we expected. It was fun to see it and have our picture taken. There is a walking/bike trail close that runs by a beautiful lake.

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Minneapolis, MN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Anyone with even a smidgen of Norwegian ancestry will swell with pride when you view Big Ole, a huge Viking with a place of honor in downtown Alexandria. Don't miss this photo op. :-)

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

How often can you come home with a picture of a giant Viking warrior? Take the main road off of 94 straight through town and you can't miss it. Visit the runestone museum right across the street to learn of the possible Norse history of the area (were th Vikings here before Columbus??)

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I lived in Alexandria for two years. Nice quaint town that is growing. Beautiful lakes and many attractions. Great place to take the kids.

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Moorhead, MN
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214 reviews 214 reviews
111 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I finally visited Big Ole after it being on our agenda three times. There are few to no signs leading the way to the statue, so map it out before you head out. Knowing the history behind the statue is also a great thing to research before you head out. There is a great photo deck that... More

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