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Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota

The 15 Best Minnesota Roadside Attractions

Are you planning a Minnesota road trip and want to find all the best Minnesota roadside attractions along your route? Whether you’re driving across I-94 from Minneapolis to Fargo–Moorhead, driving the Great River Road, or exploring all the clear lakes on the Edge of the Wilderness (Wilderness Byway), you won’t want to miss these fifteen must-see places to go in...

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

Hahn/Cock: a Big Blue Rooster in Minneapolis (and London)

Cock a doodle blue! This big blue rooster is an newly iconic sculpture at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center in Minnesota. Titled “Hahn/Cock” it’s the work of German artist Katharina Fristch…and it might just have you seeing double! “Hahn/Cock” is named using both the German and English words for rooster (but not...

Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Giant Spoon and Cherry Roadside Attraction at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota

They say that life is a bowl of cherries, and, when you catch a glimpse of this whimsical cherry, you just might agree. Meet one of Minnesota’s most famous roadside attractions: the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis. Spoonbridge and Cherry is a giant pop art sculpture that depicts a big cherry resting on a big spoon. Let me spoon feed you some...

World's Largest Dilly Bar Ice Cream at the Dairy Queen in Moorhead, Minnesota | Minnesota Roadside Attractions

World’s Largest Dilly Bar in Moorhead, Minnesota

Have you ever had a dilly bar? It’s an iconic Dairy Queen novelty treat that consists of a disc of soft serve coated in hardened chocolate (or cherry or butterscotch candy) served on a stick. On a hot summer day I could probably eat ten of them. Or, I don’t know, maybe one GIANT one like the world’s largest Dilly Bar in Moorhead, Minnesota. The...

Mary Tyler Moore Statue in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

Mary Tyler Moore Statue in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Who can turn the world on with her smile? Mary Tyler Moore. And the Mary Tyler Moore statue in Minneapolis, Minnesota might just turn your world on with its smile too. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. It starred Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards, a thirty-something woman who moves to Minneapolis after a breakup and...

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

Otto the Otter: Giant Otter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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! This big otter was constructed in 1972 by students at Fergus Falls High School, with the help of local metal artist Steve Jaenisch...

Culvert Man in Nodine, Minnesota

The Culvert Man in Nodine, Minnesota

A 30 foot giant metal cowboy sculpture stands outside of Nodine Culvert Sales in Nodine, Minnesota. The Culvert Man is made out of corrugated steel culvert pipes, giving his outfit a corduroy look and his cowboy hat a crimped flair. His eyes look up at the pipe he holds above his head with a furrowed expression as if to either say, “I’ve got this,”...

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