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Big Ole Viking Statue

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Address: Big Ole Park, Alexandria, MN

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Great spot for a family photo!

This is a fun sight-seeing and photo opportunity! It is within walking distance of the Runestone Museum and near a network of trails.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Delano, Minnesota, United States
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Delano, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a fun sight-seeing and photo opportunity! It is within walking distance of the Runestone Museum and near a network of trails.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a great park with plenty of parking. It is situated right on the Central Lakes Trail and right next to Lake Agnes. This means you can walk with lovely views amid the trees and watch the wild life on the lake. It is quiet in spite of being right in town. The statue is fun to see and... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Big Ole Viking Statue is right on the Central Lakes Trail and Lake Agnes. Park your car there and take the walk to City Park around the lake (couple medium hills so bring comfortable shoes) or a very short stroll to the Depot (drinks/dinning/patio) or to Runestone Museum or the variety of shops downtown on Broadway (Cafe: Brass Lantern). Take... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

In Sept. 2014 went to Alex for a girlfriend weekend. Fun to see how the tiny town has grown & see old sights. Spent an afternoon at the Carlos Winery, which I highly recommend for adults. Only wish the "craft vendor barn" was open. Not sure why it wasn't. We plan to make it an annual event. Stayed at the... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is more than just a statue. It says "Birthplace of America" on his shield for a reason. Interesting story behind the viking Kensington Runestone. History buffs will love it.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you're visiting Alexandria and like to take pics with mascots like this, it's a must stop! We always came here when I was a kid. Noonan Park is also fantastic for families! It's free, has a pond, bridge, picnic tables and usually visiting ducks. : )

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Barnum, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It's a big ole Viking. Good to snap a few pictures! You can't miss it! It's located within walking distance of the Runestone Museum.

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you're in Alexandria with your camera, you simply have to stop by and see Big Ole. There is convenient parking. It's well worth 15 minutes, especially if the kids are with you--though teenage daughters might not be as enthusiastic as an eight year old boy.

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Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We always bring company out to see Big Ole.Kids like to climb up and get a photo.Its in a nice area by the lake and trail.

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Shakopee, MN
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56 attraction reviews
504 helpful votes 504 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We visited on Saturday, September 13, 2014. I have only seen this once before, over 50 years ago as a child. This is still a fun statue and is very well cared for. It sits on the shore of a pretty lake and there is ample space and time for pictures.

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