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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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Shakopee, MN
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198 reviews 198 reviews
52 attraction reviews
375 helpful votes 375 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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118 reviews 118 reviews
45 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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222 reviews 222 reviews
65 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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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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98 reviews 98 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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278 reviews 278 reviews
171 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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
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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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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