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1 things to DO 10fun index Tour the Silk Stocking District....4 Go sledding................................4 Rent a kayak ..............................4 Experience live radio theater .....4 Climb the peak...........................4 Take in a free concert ................5 Step back in time ......................5 Enjoy a sip of wine.....................5 Learn something new................5 Attend a summer festival..........5 Feed the ducks at Noonan Park.6 Take aim ....................................6 Kick up your heels .....................6 Enjoy Art in the Park ..................6 Check out Spruce Hill Park.........6 Worship outdoors......................7 Tour a distillery...........................7 Be patriotic ................................7 Go treasure hunting...................9 Take a swing..............................9 Enjoy some hockey....................9 Play with your pooch .................9 Visit Lake Carlos State Park.......9 Bike or blade the trail...............10 Show vintage vehicles ............10 Visit an art gallery....................10 Join a concert association ......12 Run the Holy Moly Ole.............12 Tube the Long Prairie River ......12 Take a shot at hunting .............12 Pet a llama...............................12 Churn up some ice cream .......13 Paint a landscape ....................13 Rent a movie ...........................13 Grab your bow and go fishing..14 Meet Our Lady of the Hills.......14 Visit the terrace garden...........14

Step back in time ....................14 Tour the Maritime Museum ....14 Watch vintage snowmobiles...15 Pick some fresh berries ...........15 Visit Runestone Park................15 Challenge friends to disc golf ..15 Hit the streets .........................16 Start your engines ...................16 Attend a play...........................16 Hit some garage sales.............16 Take family photos...................16 Cast off in a fishing tourney.....16 Adopt a furry new friend .........17 Enjoy a scenic motorcycle ride17 Get informed............................17 Pitch a tent ..............................17 See a movie ............................18 Rent a pontoon........................18 Try geocaching ........................18 Skate at Noonan Park..............18 Become a volunteer ................18 Take the Plunge .......................18 Shop historic downtown .........24 Jumps, grinds and rails ...........24 Hit the slopes ..........................24 Reread a book .........................24 Relax at Chippewa Park...........24 Take in a baseball game ..........24 Cruise the DATA trails..............25 Make a splash .........................25 Hunt upland game...................25 Tap your toes at band fest.......26 Enjoy fine dining.......................26 Be a beach bum ......................26 Rent a personal watercraft......26 Take in a go-kart race ..............26 Bowl up some strikes..............26 See local talent on stage.........27 Hit the dusty trails ...................27 Can you say karaoke? ..............27

Stop and smell the roses ........27 Read the day away..................30 Try to make a great catch........30 Browse classic boats ..............30 Tour the 300 lakes ...................30 Let’s go shopping!...................30 Try a slice of pie.......................30 Smash and crash.....................31 Bike the day away ...................31 Will you give $1? .....................31 Take in the thrills and sights ....31 Get behind the wheel..............34 See the Runestone..................34 Shop at the Farmers’ Market ..35 Picnic at Park Osagi .................35 Stop in at a church bazaar.......35 Visit a ‘niche’ boutique ............36 Build an igloo ...........................36 Achieve balance......................37 Take a scuba diving class ........37 Tour a manufacturing facility ...37 Scream for ice cream..............38 Sign up for softball...................38 Create a Douglas County bucket list ................................38

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Tour the Silk Stocking District


Take a guided tour of Alexandria’s historic “Silk Stocking” District. Learn about the architecture of the historic homes in one of the prestigious neighborhoods of Alexandria’s past, as well as about the residents of those homes and their ties to the city’s history.

Go sledding


Go sledding at Kensington Runestone Park. The park is open every day and has a toboggan hill and warming house. Take Highway 27 west of Alexandria about 13 miles, turn left on County Road 103 and go about one mile.

Rent a kayak


Rent a kayak and paddle around Lake Agnes. Located at the heart of Alexandria, this little lake was named in honor of the girlfriend of one of the town’s earliest settlers, William Kinkead.

Experience live radio theater


Attend a live taping of a radio theater performance at Lakes Area Theatre. Shows are performed before a live studio audience, recorded and played on the radio. Live performances are Fridays at 7 p.m. Onair performances can be heard on KXRA 1490 AM on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and through a live stream on the website,

Climb the peak


Climb Inspiration Peak and marvel at the view overlooking Douglas County. At 1,706 feet, it’s the highest point in the area and one of the tallest peaks in Minnesota. It offers a captivating view any time of the year. It is part of the Leaf Hills, which are the greatest example of glacial moraines in Minnesota.


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Take in a free concert!


Free concerts are held on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn every Thursday in the summer at 7 p.m. These are sponsored by the Red Willow Arts Coalition. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and get ready for a variety of musical performances this summer.

Step back in time


Check out the log cabin, dug-out house, original school house and replica pioneer church, as well as the thousands of historical artifacts on display throughout all of the buildings at the Evansville Historical Foundation.

Enjoy a sip (or two) of wine


Check out a local winery and learn more about wine making in Minnesota. Not only can you tour the vineyards and orchards, but you can enjoy some samples of wine made right here in Douglas County. There are several activities and events to take part in as well.

Learn something new


Learn. Engage. Do. Lots of workshops, tours and special events for all ages are offered through community education programs year around. Learn about film, art, storytelling, music, history, tours, gardening, cooking and culinary arts, exercise, active living in the great outdoors, and much more!

Attend a summer festival


Most of the communities in Douglas County celebrate summer with an annual festival – Brandon Midsummerfest, Miltona Tornado Days, Evansville 4th of July Celebration, festivals in Osakis, Kensington, Garfield, Forada, Parkers Prairie... attend one or all for great food, fun parades, creative displays and old-fashioned fun. 101 Fun Things to Do • Spring 2013 5

Feed the ducks at Noonan Park


This is a fun activity that delights all ages. Who doesn’t get a thrill when dozens of ducks and geese swarm around you to enjoy the tasty breadcrumbs or corn kernels?

Take aim


Sharpen your marksmanship at a shooting park. These parks offer plenty of opportunity for those looking to perfect their aim before hunting season or just have fun on the range. Shooting sports offer people of all ages, sizes and abilities the chance to succeed, with a little practice.

Kick up your heels


Kick up your heels at a summer street dance. Lots of communities in the area, including Brandon, Garfield, Evansville, Forada, Miltona and Osakis, have summer festivals, many of which include a toe-tapping street dance.

Enjoy Art in the Park


Held each July, the event is sponsored by the Alexandria Area Arts Association and features local and regional artists displaying their wares at Alexandria City Park. There is also a variety of music and food.

Check out Spruce Hill Park


Spend a day hiking the trails and learning about Douglas County history at Spruce Hill Park. This 97-acre park is located at the site that was once the village of Spruce Hill. The village was vacated in the early 20th century, but remnants of it are still evident through ground depressions and pieces of building foundations.


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Worship outdoors


From Memorial Day through Labor Day, outdoor worship services are held at Lake Carlos State Park, Alexandria City Park and Luther Crest. The natural settings provide the perfect way for you to connect with your inner peace and spirituality.

Tour a distillery


Take a tour of the first legal whiskey and spirit distillery in Minnesota – right in Osakis! The area’s lush golden corn, crisp clear water and tall white oaks are the perfect combination for quality small batch whiskey and distilled spirits!

Be patriotic


Have a star-spangled spectacular Fourth of July! Awesome fireworks shows can be viewed in Alexandria, Osakis and Evansville and festive boat parades are held on several area lakes.

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Go treasure hunting


Antique shopping and thrift store opportunities abound in the county. Shoppers can spend hours looking for something specific, or just browse until they find something that tickles their fancy.

Take a swing


Douglas County is home to professional and top amateur golfers, and has some of the premier public and semi-public courses found in Minnesota. There are nine courses to choose from that sport signature holes and breathtaking views, so you’re sure to find a course just right for you.

Enjoy some hockey!


The Blizzard hockey team is a member of the North American Tier III Hockey League. It showcases some outstanding young players hoping to develop into collegiate and professional players. Check out the team at the Runestone Community Center.

Play with your pooch

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Studies show that 65 percent of dogs are overweight. So get them – and yourself – off the couch and head to Pooch Playland, the local dog park, for some quality time.

Visit Lake Carlos State Park Sculpted by ancient glaciers, this 1,231-acre park contains a tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds and lakes. The setting is perfect for camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing and exploring all nature has to offer. Bring the family back in the winter and experience the beauty of the park by candlelight. Cross country ski, walk, hike or snowshoe on trails illuminated by candles, then warm up around a fire.


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Bike or blade the trail


Spend an afternoon biking, walking or rollerblading on the local trails. The Central Lakes Trail is a paved trail that spans Douglas County, connecting the cities of Osakis, Nelson, Alexandria, Garfield, Brandon, Evansville and Melby and on to Fergus Falls. Another bike trail extends from L’Homme Dieu Beach to Crestwood Drive and connects with other trails, inclulding the Birch Avenue Trail that connects with the Central Lakes Trail.

Show and swap vintage vehicles


Attend the Vintage Car Club car show and swap meet. The Vintage Car Club, formed in 1969, is a group of enthusiasts who share an interest in vintage automobiles. Its annual car show and swap meet is held the last Sunday of June every year at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Visit an art gallery


Douglas County offers lots of opportunities to enjoy art in many forms, including art studios displaying local paintings and drawings; a pottery place, silversmithing and glass fusing studio; photography studios; and local art clubs that include classes and time to hone your own artistic skills.


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Join a concert association


Attend a series of high quality concerts through the Central Lakes Concert Association. Formed in 1983, the association sponsors several concerts for season ticket holders from September to April. Members can also attend concerts in nearby communities for no additional cost.

Run the Holy Moly Ole!


The lakes area offers a race series for runners and walkers of all levels. The series includes four races throughout the summer and features 5K walks, 5K runs, 10K runs and a 15K run. Google Holy Mole Ole 2013 for details and get ready to run!

Tube the Long Prairie River


Floating down the Long Prairie River on a tube is the perfect way to spend a lazy summer afternoon. Load up the air mattresses or inner tubes and a cooler, and jump in the slow-moving river with friends and family for a memorable summer adventure.

Take a shot at hunting


Douglas County is truly a hunter’s haven. From ducks, geese, pheasants, grouse and turkey to deer and coyotes…there’s plenty of game to satisfy the avid hunter.

Pet a llama


Meet all kinds of interesting animals and fowl – pygmy goats and their kids, sheep, miniature horses, llamas, potbelly pigs, rabbits, ducks, chickens, geese, peacocks, pheasants, pigeons and doves. Find all this at a local petting zoo.


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Churn up some ice cream


There’s nothing better than the taste of homemade ice cream on a hot summer day. If you’ve never tried it, put it on your summer “must do” list. It’s a fun activity to do together as a family – and you can all enjoy the results together.

Paint a landscape


Set up an easel, gather some paints and let the artist in you escape. Take a class through a local club or community education program. If you’re a natural, local galleries may even give you the opportunity to display your


Rent a movie and stay in


Sometimes you just want to stay home, and there’s nothing like renting an old movie classic, popping some popcorn and snuggling in with your loved ones for a quiet evening.

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Grab your bow and go fishing


Bowfishing has become quite popular in the past few years. It’s inexpensive and easy to equip an old or new bow with all the accessories needed to hunt rough fish. The best time to bowfish is in the spring when fish are spawning in the shallows.

Meet Our Lady of the Hills


Stop and visit Our Lady of the Hills during a drive through the country roads near Millerville. This shrine of the Virgin Mary was erected by a local resident in response to answered prayers for healing. The cement and steel statue stands 22 feet tall and weighs 4,500 pounds.

Visit the terrace garden


Check out the Terrace Learning Garden by the Douglas County Services Center. This beautiful garden is a labor of love, created and maintained by the Douglas County Master Gardeners.

Step back in time


Learning about history is always time well spent. Visit the Douglas County Historical Society, which is located in the historic home of one of Alexandria’s most famous residents – Knute Nelson. It was built in 1874 and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Organized in 1976, the society’s mission is to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the county and its people.

Tour the Maritime Museum


The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum celebrates the area’s lake traditions and legacies and is dedicated to the preservation of antique and classic watercraft, resort memorabilia and sporting equipment used on Minnesota lakes.


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Watch some vintage snowmobile racing

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Check out the vintage snowmobile races held every January on Lake Osakis. This event features multiple classes of vintage snowmobiles.

Pick some fresh berries Pick some berries at a local berry farm. There’s nothing tastier than fresh sun-drenched strawberries or raspberries right from the garden, and there are several pick-your-own options in the area.

Visit Runestone Park


Runestone Park near Kensington is where the famous Kensington Runestone was discovered! Besides historical displays, the park features picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills, electricity, restrooms, drinking water, a softball field, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, playground, hiking trails and a heated building with kitchen facilities.

Challenge friends to disc golf


Disc golf is a great way to spend an afternoon outside. There is an 18-hole disc golf course behind the Alexandria YMCA, which offers a variety of challenges for players of every talent level.


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Hit the streets


The Active Living Douglas County group created free walking maps of Alexandria, Osakis, Brandon and Evansville. Get one online at or see the list of local places where they can be picked up. Then lace up your walking shoes and explore the historic sites and points of interest.

Start your engines!


Attend a stock car race at the local half-mile dirt track. Auto racing has been going on at this track since the 1950s. Every Saturday night from May through August the rumble of the WISSOTA-sanctioned cars and cheering fans can be heard.

Attend a play


Attend a play at Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria. For more than 50 years, TLHD has presented exceptional and entertaining theater. Several great productions are planned for this summer season.

Hit some garage sales


There are garage sales galore in the area nearly every weekend! To ensure a successful day, check out the garage sale ads in Friday issues of the Echo Press. Circle the sales that you can’t miss, map your route, bring dollar bills and change and get there early!

Take family photos


Wouldn’t it be great to get your family together and make memories you can treasure forever? Have a family portrait taken. Several professional photographers in the area can capture those special moments.

Cast off in a fishing tournament


Many local tournaments and some fishing tours from all over the country offer a chance to compete for fun or for some nice prizes against other competitive anglers. The Ice Fishing Challenge is one of the biggest tournaments held here each year in February.


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Adopt a furry new friend


Adopt a pet at the Lakes Area Humane Society. There are many four-legged friends waiting to move in to a loving home. Stop by to tour the facility and meet the animals – one might be a perfect fit for your family!

Enjoy a scenic motorcycle ride


With about 300 lakes in Douglas County, a motorcycle ride around any of them can bring you up close and personal to their scenic beauty. During the ride, stop at a local café for lunch, then hit the road again. There is plenty to check out from the seat of a bike.

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Pitch a tent


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See a movie


Who doesn’t love a great film on the big screen? The local movie theater offers nine theaters and the most up-to-date movie options. A perfect activity for a day when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Rent a pontoon


There are several places across the county that offer pontoon rentals, which allow everyone the chance to enjoy a day floating on a lake. Pack a cooler and get set for some sun and fun with your friends and family.

Try geocaching


Geocaching involves hunting for a hidden object with the use of GPS coordinates. It’s a high-tech treasure hunt in the great outdoors! Learn more about geocaching opportunities at the Minnesota DNR website.

Skate at Noonan Park


Spend an afternoon ice skating or playing hockey at Noonan Park. The rink is regularly maintained, has a warming house, is well lit for night skating and is free to use. There are two hockey rinks set up. The park is usually open around December 20 or when there is 8 inches of ice.

Become a volunteer


There are several opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community. There are hundreds of nonprofit organizations that could use a helping hand. Volunteering is guaranteed to be a rewarding experience.

Take the Plunge


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Shop historic downtown


Make a day of it – shopping and lunching at the unique stores of downtown Alexandria. There is a variety of shops – everything from unique clothing and jewelry to antiques, tasteful home décor to books. The downtown area also offers several great dining choices.

Jumps, grinds and rails


Hone your skateboarding skills at the Alexandria skate park. The park, located on Fillmore Street, is free to visit and offers a variety of ramps and pipes for boarders of every talent level.

Hit the slopes


Head to Douglas County’s local ski resort and get your fill of snowboarding, downhill or cross country skiing and tubing. You can take a lesson or try your hand at racing. With 15 downhill runs, there’s something suitable for any skill level.

Reread a book


Make a stop at the Used Book Store at the Douglas County Library or attend the Friends of the Library used book sale held at the Armory every August. Grab some used books for a great price, and immerse yourself in another world.

Relax at Chippewa Park

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Spend the day at Chippewa Park near Brandon. Located right between two lakes – Little Chippewa and Devils – this beautiful, shady, county park is a perfect oasis on a hot summer day.

Take in a baseball game Along with dozens of youth and amateur teams, Alexandria is home to the Blue Anchors, a summer team comprised of top college players from around the nation. You never know when you might see the next Major League Baseball player in action! The team is part of the Northwoods League. 24

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Cruise the DATA trails


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If you’ve got water fun on your mind but the weather won’t cooperate, don’t despair! Tons of fun awaits you at the local 38,000square-foot indoor water park, featuring a four-story slide that twists and turns, a lazy river and a 500 gallon splash bucket! 101 Fun Things to Do • Spring 2013 25

Tap your toes at the Band Festival


Attend the annual Vikingland Band Festival, featuring the Midwest’s finest high school marching bands. Founded in 1985, the event is a highlight of the summer parade marching season. The event is always held the last Sunday afternoon in June.

Enjoy fine dining


Dine at one of Douglas County’s many local finedining establishments. There is no shortage of great restaurants, and all offer something unique. Satisfy your palate at one of the in-town options, or unwind by taking a scenic drive to an out-of-the-way restaurant.

Be a beach bum


Spend a relaxing day at the beach. Douglas County has three lifeguard-staffed beaches on lakes L’Homme Dieu, Latoka and Osakis. There are also public beaches not staffed by lifeguards, including City Park Beach on Lake Henry, Rotary Beach on Lake L’Homme Dieu, Chippewa County Park Beach on Little Lake Chippewa and Lake Carlos State Park Beach.

Rent a personal watercraft


Rent a personal watercraft and splash around an area lake. You don’t have to own your own to have fun on the lakes. Rentals are available for everyone. Try it for a day or make a weekend out of viewing a lake from a new vantage point.

Take in a go-kart race


Some highly competitive miniature racing action can be found at the gokart races held Friday nights all summer long at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. These youngsters will wow you with their driving expertise and amaze you with their speed!

Bowl up some strikes


The local bowling alley provides plenty of options for both serious and recreational bowlers of all ages. Set up the bumpers for the kids, or invite some friends or co-workers out for some friendly competition.


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See local talent on stage


The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) in downtown Alexandria presents several productions a year, from musicals to holiday performances and comedy, all featuring local talent. It also hosts a variety of concerts throughout the year.

Hit the dusty trails


Spend the day horseback riding. Local stables can provide you with a horse and there are plenty of scenic trails for you to take a picturesque ride through the countryside.

Can you say karaoke?


Spend a night on the town! Douglas County features lots of options for the night owls. Many local establishments feature karaoke, bands or DJs, pool or dart tournaments, minnow swallowing and more!

Stop and smell the roses


‌and the lilacs and the daisies and the petunias during the Tour of Gardens sponsored by the Douglas County Master Gardeners. Held every July, this popular event features stops at about six local gardens. Get ideas for your own garden or just enjoy the beauty.

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Read the day away

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Pick up a book at a local bookstore or library and head to your hammock, a quiet park or the beach for some relaxing time to yourself.

Try to make a great catch Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the Alexandria lakes area. The lakes are full of panfish, bass, walleyes, northern pike and of course, Minnesota’s favorite big-game species – the muskie. There are plenty of guiding opportunities available for those wanting some help finding the hot spots.

Browse classic boats


Visit the Chain of Lakes Classic Boat Show. The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum presents a stunning display of classic boats right where they belong – floating in a local lake! Take a closer look at the boats of yesteryear. Often the boat owners are nearby and you’ll have a chance to learn more about each boat’s story. The show is held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center on Lake Darling.

Tour the 300 lakes


Grab a map and take a scenic drive around each and every lake in Douglas County. Give yourself more than a day for this one, as there are 300 lakes in the county!

Let’s go shopping!


There’s something for everyone at the local mall. Even if you aren’t a shopper there is plenty to do there. The mall welcomes mall walkers, offers numerous special displays and events throughout the year and features a kids’ play area.

Try a slice of pie


Hometown cafes with freshly baked pies, branded coffee shops, and restaurants abound in Douglas County. Meet a friend and catch up over a piece of your favorite pie and a cup of coffee. 30

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Smash and crash at the demo derby


Are you a demolition derby fan? There are demo derbies held at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria in mid-August during the county fair. There’s always a lot of banging, slamming, scraping and fun going on.

Bike the day away


Spend a day taking in the sights from the seat of a bike! Don’t have one? No worries. Active Living Douglas County’s BikeShare program offers bikes for all ages that can be checked out free from the Alexandria Area YMCA. There’s also a rack at Big Ole Central Park with bikes available for use by anyone on the honor system. Local establishments also offer bike rentals. Find one that suits you and pedal off for a day of exercise while enjoying the sights.

Will you give $1?


Head to an auction. It’s a great way to score a deal on a wide variety of treasures – everything from vintage knick-knacks to classic furniture, antiques to home décor, and so much more. Chances are you’ll see plenty of people you know.

Take in the thrills and sights


There’s nothing that says summer like the county fair! The Douglas County Fair is set for August 15-18 at the fairgrounds in Alexandria. You’ll find exhibits and displays, performances, animals, carnival games, rides, stock car racing, demolition derbies and an endless array of great food!

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s i k a s O O

...where the fun begins

sakis is a growing community of 1,615 people located in both Douglas and Todd counties in west central Minnesota. Osakis is located on the south end of Lake Osakis, a 6,300 acre fishing and recreation area. Lake Osakis is rated as one of the best fishing lakes in the state, featuring walleye, northern, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and sunfish. Visitors to the community will find a variety of recreational opportunities, including resort lodging, gift and

antique shops, restaurants and family attractions. Osakis is also the beginning of the Central Lakes Trail, a 55-mile paved biking and walking trail that runs through Nelson, Alexandria, Garfield, Brandon, Evansville, and on to Fergus Falls and connects to the Lake Wobegon Trail that runs from Osakis to St. Joseph, making it the longest paved trail system in the state. The economic base of the Osakis area is tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.

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s i k a s O

...where the fun begins




Douglas County Fair, Alexandria Osakis Silverstreak Golf Classic


Memorial Day Parade & Service

Sportsmen’s Club Corn Feed Quilts Along the Trail

June Osakis 5K Run Lions’ Walleye Fishing Tournament Osakis Festival

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Get behind the wheel


The many activities at local amusement parks provide hours of entertainment for all ages. From go-karts and bumper boats to mini golf and batting cages, amusement parks offer plenty of fun throughout the summer.

See the Runestone


See the famed Kensington Runestone at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria. Decide for yourself – is the controversial stone real or is it a fake? While there, be sure to view the other indoor displays, let your kids dress up in some vintage attire, and then step outside to visit the historic buildings in Fort Alexandria.


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Shop at the Farmers’ Market


From May to October, shop from a full line of locally raised produce, including apples, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, herbs, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, bedding plants, flowers, elk, lamb, beef, eggs and chicken. The farmer’s market can be found at Big Ole Central Park in Alexandria, Saturdays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Picnic at Park Osagi


Have a picnic at Park Osagi along the southern shore of Lake Osakis. The park is located on Lake Street and it’s easy to get to. The scenic park has a lot to offer: check out the playground, fishing, picnic shelters, basketball court, shady spots to sit and open area for games. A restroom is also on site.

Stop in at a church bazaar


Looking for some comfort food and the best pie around? Attend a church bazaar. With more than 60 churches in Douglas County, there’s no shortage of bazaars, complete with food, crafts, bake sales, and lots of other treasures and goodies.

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Visit a ‘niche’ boutique


If you’re looking for something special and a little out of the ordinary, visit a specialized boutique in the lakes area. There are several shops that offer items like clothing, jewelry, tuxedos, lefse, bikes, knick-knacks and more. The area’s downtown is a great place to shop for something unique!

Build an igloo


Amaze your kids with your building know-how while teaching them what could be a life-saving skill. It’s a great way to have fun in the snow, which we seem to have plenty of in this area.


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Achieve balance


Take a Pilates class! This body conditioning routine helps with coordination and balance and builds flexibility, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back. Breathing techniques relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to the muscles. It’s a perfect option for all ages!

Take a scuba diving class


Douglas County lakes are good for more than just fishing. They also offer a great opportunity for those looking to explore what’s below the surface. Local instructors offer courses for those looking to become scuba certified.

Tour a manufacturing facility


Douglas County is a manufacturing mecca, and many of the industries are more than happy to open their doors and show you what they do.

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Scream for ice cream


Craving ice cream? Not to worry. Douglas County has many places that can fill that craving for ice cream, smoothies, frozen yogurt and other cool summer-time treats.

Sign up for softball


Softball tournaments are a great way to enjoy a weekend throughout the summer. Whether you want to play or watch, there are plenty of opportunities to do both in Douglas County.

Create a Douglas County ‘bucket list!’


Make a list of all the things you want to see and do in Douglas County, and have fun checking them off one by one!

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