You can’t mention Alexandria MN without hearing the name Big Ole. The Fiberglass Statue was built in 1965 as an attraction for the New York World’s Fair. After the fair was over the statue was shipped to Alexandria MN where he now stands in Big Ole Park. This is simply one of the best photo ops in the area.
At the Park you’ll find picnic tables, modern bathrooms, the central lakes bike trail, and plenty of parking. In season the Farmers Market also makes it’s home her on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Getting There: Just take Exit 100, the main exit to Alexandria. Stay on Broadway all the way through downtown. At the final light in downtown Alexandria, continue straight about one block. Big Ole Park will be on the right.
The Runestone Replica
The Kensington Runestone was discovered in 1898 near Kensintong MN. (See also: 5 Parks Worth a Walk) While this much larger stone is a replica of the original, it’s still fun to see close up. The original runestone is featured at the Runestone Museum in Downtown Alexandria.
Getting there: Head East on CR82. The Stone will be on the right about a half mile after the final stoplight. You may want to turn right at the stop light and then left onto 6th Ave as the there is no parking on the CR 82 side of the replica.
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park creates a granite record of those who have served who were from Douglas County MN. All branches of the military are represented.
The park also has a public restroom with modern facilities housed inside the main structure
Getting There: Take Exit 103 off the interstate and head for Downtown Alexandria. The park will be on the right just before the downtown area.