Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions

Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Have you met my significant otter? No? Well let me introduce you! This is Otto the Otter, a giant otter statue who lives at Grotto Park in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Trust me: this roadside attraction is like no otter you will ever see!

Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions
Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions

This big otter was constructed in 1972 by students at Fergus Falls High School, with the help of local metal artist Steve Jaenisch. Made from a frame of metal rods and covered in concrete and paint, the sculpture was built to commemorate the centennial founding of Fergus Falls. This roadside attraction now serves as a mascot for the town (which is only fitting, as the town is located in Otter Tail County on Otter Tail River). At 15-feet tall and 40-feet wide, this large concrete mammal is certainly the world’s largest otter.

Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions
Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions

Want to see my otter half for yourself? He’s overlooks Grotto Lake in Grotto Park (also refereed to as Adams Park) in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions
Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions

The large otter statue is a fun big animal to take some selfies with, but might be a little too tall to ride. I didn’t even attempt to climb him, but as we were driving away we saw a couple of girls moving a nearby picnic table closer so they could climb on top!

Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions
Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions

If your next road trip takes you on I-94 in Minnesota, be sure to stop and say hi to Otto the Otter! The Minnesota roadside attraction takes just a quick 15-minute detour (and you can even stop at a large Canada goose on the way)! You otter stop!

Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions
Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions

Otto the Big Otter

Location: Grotto Park, S. Burlington Ave., Fergus Falls, MN
Hours: Always visible, park hours may vary
Cost: Free to See


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Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Minnesota roadside attractions
Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota – Minnesota roadside attractions
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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