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“Learn who really discovered America”

Big Ole Viking Statue
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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Everett, Washington
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418 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Learn who really discovered America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

Whenever I get close to Alexandria, Minnesota, I have to visit Big Ole. This is truely a beautiful place and deserves to be the birthplace of America. Get your photo taken with Big Ole.

Visited June 2012
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English first
Long Prairie, Minnesota
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32 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“~ Poor Olde Ole ~”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

It's like the guy got fired First he was in the middle of the street ~ became a traffic hazzard ~ Moved him back a block. Still a traffic hazzard ~ Now he's just on the edge of the Trail ~ and theres a nice pedastool ~ if you stand on the tiny deck and take the photo, it comes out great ! Not such a bad ending for a big guy in a skirt !

Visited May 2012
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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151 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Family fun and history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

Big Ole is decidedly kitsch, but fun and opportunity for exlore history. The position, at the end of main streat, by the bike trail, watching over summer farmers market, near great restaurants, by fun boutique shops and right next to the History museum tells the story of area pride and activities. The fort and history museum are good stops after the photo op.

Visited September 2011
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Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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585 reviews
210 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 602 helpful votes
“VERY COLORFUL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

Very easy to find - great photo op - kids loved it and so did the adults.

Visited December 2011
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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596 reviews
229 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“An absolute must-see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

How can you go to Alexandria, MN and not stop at this statue for a photo?! A stop for a quick photo is the least a person can do to honor the Scandinavian heritage in this city. There's a great bike trail here as well so if you have the time, stop for a well-deserved break and eat lunch with Big Ole at one of the picnic tables and then jump on your bike and see some sites of this region from the trail. You'll love the memories as you look back on the photos of yourself standing next to Big Ole.

Visited November 2011
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