Area Attractions

The Alexandria area has been a favorite tourist and vacation destination for more than 125 years. Its beautiful scenic features along with many public parks and commercial services continue to make it a top-ranked vacation spot in the entire Midwest. 

Just two hours from most any location in the Twin Cities, Alexandria is hard to beat for the ease of getting to your weekend getaway or long vacation quickly and economically.

Nearby attractions within a 10-minute drive include top-notch restaurants and supper clubs, convenience stores and bait shops. Recreational facilities include nationally-ranked golf courses, horseback riding, go-karts, mini-golf, bowling, batting cages, hiking trails and public parks.

Major summertime attractions include a wide range of sporting and cultural activities such as car racing, community theater, fishing tournaments and festivals nearly every weekend during the summer. 

Wintertime doesn't slow down the activities either with more fishing tournaments, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing - all nearby to Cowdry Creek Inn. 

There are community-wide flea markets and craft shows at the Runestone Community at the grounds of the Douglas County where Viking Speedway is also located and less than a mile from Cowdry Creek Inn family resort.

Alexandria's downtown is less than two miles away on a major highway for retail shopping in full-service stores and unique shops and boutiques. Major shopping malls are easily accessible and feature any service that vacationers and tourists could need including major medical facilities at a "Top 100 Hospital."

Alexandria is home to the Kensington Runestone and the Runestone Museum, Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and the Douglas County Historical Society.

Links: Alexandria Area Chamber of Commerce

Minnewaska Kayaks - Rentals & Sales

Inspiration Peak - Hiking, scenic views and fine dining at The Peak restaurant

Carlos Creek Winery - Tours, tasting, entertainment, shopping, and the Grape Stomp Festival

Museums - Runestone Museum, Maritime Museum, Douglas County Historical Society

AAAA Theatre

Casey Amusement Park

Viking Speedway

Garden Center Bowling Lanes - Bowling

Fat Daddy's Bar & Grill

Central Lakes Trail - Biking and snowmobiling

Andes Tower Hills - Downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, and hiking

Alexandria Area YMCA

Events - 

Awake the Lakes

Vikingland Bank Festival

Resorters Golf Tournament

Rib Fest 

 and more.