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Adventure Tourism – on the Easy Side

The Otter Tail River runs right through town and meanders throughout the county. It’s perfect for a leisurely canoe or kayak ride. The Minnesota DNR recently installed a handicapped accessible dock behind the fire hall. This stretch of the river is adjacent to Veterans Park which will very soon be in full bloom with crabapple trees. There is a cobblestone walkway along the river. Benches, tended garden spots and interpretive panels make it a relaxing place for a stroll. This stretch of the river is what originally captured the attention of Fergus Falls’ forefathers. They harnessed the energy along the rapids for use in the mills.

Since the Otter Tail riverwalk runs parallel to Lincoln Avenue  – our downtown district – walk back on the main drag and visit the shops and eateries. New retailers and restaurants recently opened and are ready for visitors. The bric, Victor Lundeen Co., Biffley’s and The Market are some of the unique shops – filled with interesting apparel, accessories, gifts and home décor. Or perhaps poking around in antique and thrift shops is your passion.

Two state parks – Maplewood and Glendalough – are within a 15 minute drive from Fergus Falls. Try a hub-and-spoke approach to your itinerary and visit a different site each day. When you visit Glendalough, take your bike. There is a new off-road bike trail that connects through the park and into Battle Lake. Also new in Glendalough are yurts. If yurts are new to you – you aren’t alone! They are canvas-sided/roofed buildings with concrete floors. It’s a step up from a tent. In nearby Vergas you can learn how to make maple syrup this spring. And this area is full of geocaches. Most smart phones now serve as great GPS’s for this purpose. Visit www.geocaching.com and you’ll see 130 caches just in our zip code.

Running enthusiasts have many races to choose from throughout the year. The Fergus Falls Race Series www.ffraces.com includes a duathlon, a triathlon, a few running races (one in the woods, even) and a mud run. Maybe your sense of adventure is a little less rigorous than running. Instead, drive the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in your classic car or motorcycle. Getting there is half the fun and each little town along the route has a story to share, a hidden treasure to reveal. Like the metal sculptures in Vining. Artist, Ken Nyberg (astronaut Karen Nyberg’s dad) shares his creativity and whimsy. http://thebigstuffproject.blogspot.com/2008/07/vining-sculpture-park.html

At the end of each day, relax and unwind with dinner – outside on the deck at Mabel Murphy’s, or on the patio of Union Avenue Pizza and Brew Pub. Then maybe a show or gallery crawl. Find out what events are in the works on our calendar http://visitfergusfalls.liveeditaurora.com/pages/calendar-of-events

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