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Big Ole Viking Statue

Big Ole Park, Alexandria, MN
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Ranked #5 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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217 reviews 217 reviews
64 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a very special park, and bound to get better! The whole town is a magical place! Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all of the sights!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Kids weren't too impressed with this statue but that's fine. We'll be back! But the was a great restaurant right next door to the big Viking it was called"The Depot Express", they had a wide variety of foods for all types of eaters, from burgers to crab legs, the place is right across the street from the lake, so the... More

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Minnesota
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98 reviews 98 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
41 helpful votes 41 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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243 reviews 243 reviews
143 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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40 reviews 40 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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11 attraction reviews
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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