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Big Ole Viking Statue

Big Ole Park, Alexandria, MN
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks

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Alexandria, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
50 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
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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206 reviews 206 reviews
53 attraction reviews
484 helpful votes 484 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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127 reviews 127 reviews
45 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Right by the lake, near a little park, stands this giant statue. A great photo op. Once there, take the trail along the lake--it took us about 15 pleasant minutes to get to the park at the end.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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238 reviews 238 reviews
67 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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