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Alexandria Minnesota tourist attractions and vacations put you right where some of our best recreational opportunities can be enjoyed.

"Alex," as most Minnesotans call it, is located in central Minnesota's Douglas County and surrounded by 247 lakes...locations for some of the states' most beautiful family vacation resorts.

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Andes Tower Hills Ski Area is located about 130 miles northwest of the Twin Cities and just outside of Alexandria.

Alexandria also offers an opportunity to see the famous Runestone in the town that calls itself "the birthplace of America." This slogan is displayed by "Big Ole," the 28 foot tall Viking who "greets" visitors to Alexandria. 

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The most well known of Alexandria's family vacation resorts is Arrowwood Resort.

This beautiful year-round resort is on the shore of Lake Darling.

The Big Splash Tropical indoor Water Park, onsite spa and indoor and outdoor pools are just a few of the amenities at Arrowwood.

This large resort also includes a golf course, stable, marina, a day spa and, for the kids, Camp Arrowwood.

Alexandria Bed & Breakfast Inns:

The most highly rated bed & breakfast inn in the Alexandria area is the Cedar Rose Bed & Breakfast.

The Pillars B & B, a "turn of the century" home, is also a good choice. Choose from all Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Inns below:

More than 50 family vacation resorts and many hotels and bed & breakfast inns are ready to welcome visitors to the Alexandria area.

Hiking and biking trails will get you out into the country-side; seasonal festivals celebrate the town's history and culture, and great shopping can be found in Alexandria and the surrounding area.

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Don't miss the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.

If you prefer a camping vacation you can camp at nearby Lake Carlos State Park.

Is Alexandria Minnesota the Birthplace of America?

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"If it was a practical joke it backfired and caused more trouble than humor, but if it was a hoax it was a darn good one; and if it's the real thing like the supporters say it is, well then it should be in the history books." ~ Russ Ringsak with Denise Remick, Minnesota Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

Big Ole, Alexandria's mascot, symbolizes much of the history of this area of Minnesota.

The Runestone Museum displays the famous rock that many believe proves a Viking discovery of America that pre-dates the history most of us have learned. You can decide for yourself if you believe the story.

Things to do in Alexandria Minnesota: include visiting the Runestone Museum and the Knute Nelson House. Be sure to have your picture taken by the statue of Big Ole!

Staying with the Scandinavian theme, you can shop at the Vikingland Book Trader and the Scandinavian Gift Shop, take in a race at the Viking Speedway or a game at the Knute Nelson Memorial Stadium. Visit in June for the Vikingland Band Festival.

Visit the Carlos Creek Winery just two miles north of Alexandria. Tours are offered on the hour. If you are in town in mid September you can join in the Grape Stomp and Fall Festival at the winery.


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Fifty-five miles of paved trail, the Central Lakes Trail, runs through the area. Bikes can be rented at The Bike and Fitness Company at 805 1st. Ave. E.

Ride go-carts, play mini golf and find other fun at Casey's Amusement Park. Play golf at Aitikwa Golf Course (a public course at Arrowwood Resort), at Geneva Golf Club or at the Alexandria Golf Club. (a private club that is sometime's open to the public).

Fun Rentals rents watercraft like boats, pontoons and canoes. Take scuba lessons and go on dives with the Diver's Clubhouse. Come for winter skiing at Andes Tower Hills.

The Brainerd Lakes area offers more to explore in this popular Central Lakes area of Minnesota.

Alexandria Minnesota Restaurants that we like include Doolittles Woodfire Grill, Fat Daddy's for casual dining and Alexandria's oldest restaurant, Traveler's Inn.

State Parks Near Alexandria Minnesota

Lake Carlos State ParkHow to Get to Lake Carlos State ParkDrive 10 miles north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then 2 miles west on Highway 38 to the park entrance.  

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Glacial Lakes State Park > Glendalough State Park > Maplewood State Park  

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