"Otto," a giant road-side sculpture of an otter, is the first thing to greet you as you enter into the charming community of Fergus Falls from Interstate 94 (exit 54). Having had the privilege of being born and raised in this city, I can tell you first hand that Fergus Falls is a community that you "otter" visit! Not only can Fergus Falls boast an adorable historic downtown filled with unique boutiques and delicious cafes, but this city is also home to an incredibly vibrant arts scene. If you're an "Eclectic Otter" like me (discover your inner otter at FindYourInnerOtter.com), you'll enjoy exploring places like: A Center for the Arts (performing arts), the Kaddatz Art Gallery (featuring works from internationally-renowned artist, Charles Beck), Lake Region Arts Council, and Springboard for the Arts.
If you're a biker or hiker, you won't be disappointed either! 9.8 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail cuts right through Fergus Falls allowing travelers to experience their beautiful downtown Riverwalk, educational Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, and lakeside Delagoon Park. Not to mention that two state parks (Maplewood and Glendalough) are less than a 30 minute drive from city limits.
If you're a history buff, then you're in luck! Make your way to the Otter Tail County Historical Society where you can tour the museum and sign up for walking tours to experience storytelling that will bring you back to the first settling days of Otter Tail County (celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2018, visit OtterTail150.com for more information). After learning about Nordhordland, Norway (the sister city of Fergus Falls) and unearthing the mysteries of the area, stop by Union Pizza and Brewing Company to enjoy a stone oven baked pizza and a locally crafted beer (brewed by our Mayor, Ben Schierer).
No matter who you are, or what piques your interest, you are sure to fall in love Fergus Falls. I invite you to take the trek, enjoy the journey, and Find Your Inner Otter in Fergus Falls.