Category Archives: Summer

Share Your Pics and WIN on Little Ole’s BIG summer tour!


It’s Little Ole’s BIG summer tour! It took over 50 years, but Big Ole’s brother finally came back to the Alexandria Lakes Area to be reunited. Ok, maybe Little Ole isn’t actually the brother of our 28 foot Viking standing guard at Big Ole Park, but we all can have lots of fun with it!… Continue Reading

Brenan is a senior at Alexandria Area High School who interned with Explore Alexandria Tourism the spring of 2017 in the career mentorship program.

Legacy of the Lakes Museum :: New Season, New Exhibits


The Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Alexandria is open for the season on May 23 with a mix of new exhibits, old favorites and an updated look. Over the winter, the Museum installed new lighting to better showcase its antique wooden and fiberglass boats, exhibits featuring classic Minnesota resorts, the popular fishing gallery and… Continue Reading

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20 Must-Do Summer Activities in the Alexandria Lakes Area


Without a doubt, summers in the Alexandria Lakes Area are absolutely fantastic! Having over 350 lakes and a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities makes the area a prime destination for summer vacations. There are so many experiences and activities you simply can’t miss while you explore Alexandria in the summer, so we put together this list… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Celebrating Big Ole through the Years


Alexandria’s famed and beloved Viking statue Big Ole will turn 52 years old this April! He has had a long history over all those years in Alexandria, including slightly different looks and locations. During most of 2016 Big Ole underwent structural repairs and got a new paint coat, adding yet another chapter to his long… Continue Reading

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Alexandria Through A Camera Lens


I’ve never claimed to be a photographer. I admitted as much in the aerial tour post. I can, however, appreciate great photography of those who have honed their skills for years. The following are photos from local photographers highlighting some of their best work of the beautiful Alexandria area. There are the obligatory lake photos, but there is also much more.… Continue Reading

Tyler is an Alexandria native, commodity investor, and a developer at CYBERsprout web design.

Aerial Tour of Alexandria Minnesota


The land of 10,000 lakes is perfectly embodied in Alexandria, Minnesota. Douglas County is home to over 300 lakes, but it is hard to truly grasp the landscape until you get a bird’s eye view. Some areas are surrounded by so many bodies of water that they almost look like islands. The map below was… Continue Reading

Tyler is an Alexandria native, commodity investor, and a developer at CYBERsprout web design.

4th of July Fishing Report


The fishing over the Holiday weekend was excellent!  The weather was great and the fish were hungry. The past couple weeks has been some of the best fishing of the year for me. I’ve heard reports of all species being very aggressive. Even on my evening trips it’s common to get numerous species. The majority of the walleye have… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Happy 50th Birthday, Big Ole!


Talk about aging well! Our famed and beloved Viking statue, Big Ole, turns 50 years old this year. There could be a few different dates to use for his actual date of birth, but for the purpose of fun we will go with the date of July 4th as stated in the intriguing and entertaining… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Rediscover Downtown Alexandria: New things to Experience


It’s time to REDISCOVER Downtown Alexandria, MN! The summer of 2014 ushered in a season of complete reconstruction of Broadway Street Downtown. While all the great updates will surely catch your eye, there were also new partnerships and events formed behind the scenes that will continue to enhance a wonderful, new experience in Downtown Alexandria… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Happy 2015 Walleye Opener Eve Everyone!


Happy 2015 walleye opener eve everyone!  The weather for Saturday looks as promising as the walleye fishing.  The water on many of the shallower lakes has warmed to nearly 60deg, so I predict the walleye will be quite aggressive.  In years past when the water was this warm on opener the walleye have bit very well… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.