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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,”...

Fiberglass Little Green Sprout statue holds a beer and a pizza box outside of a gas station in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

Little Green Sprout in Blue Earth, Minnesota

In the 1970s the Jolly Green Giant made a new friend: Little Green Sprout. Since 1972 this little green guy has been the giant’s apprentice and right hand…well, little green guy! This little green guy (well, littler that the giant statue) from the Green Giant brand hangs out at a gas station in Blue Earth, Minnesota, holding a (root) beer and a pizza. Why...

Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota

What’s big, green, and laughs like Santa Claus? The Jolly Green Giant of course! We all know the lovable mascot from cans of corn and peas, so if you happen to be driving through Minnesota, check the life-size Jolly Green Giant statue out in person! The Jolly Green Giant was created by the advertising firm Leo Burnett in the 1920s to serve as the spokesman for...