Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Downtown Fergus Falls.jpgFergus Falls, MN is a tourism destination with a treasure chest full of things to do and see that make it a wonderful tourist destination.  The natural environment, arts, culture and super entertainment facilities provide a great blend of opportunities. Just 2 ½ hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fergus Falls is right on I-94 in the west central part of Minnesota. When it comes to nature the area is truly rich. With 1,048 lakes in the county there are many sports and recreation opportunities. The rolling hills and geography have Fergus Falls uniquely positioned on the edge of prairie and forest which provides habitat for a fruitful birding population. The Central Lakes Bike Trail has bicycling enthusiasts looking forward to a summer ride. This 55-mile paved trail from Fergus Falls to Osakis connects to the Lake Wobegon Trail in Osakis for more than 90 miles of trail.  And the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center promotes the education and understanding of the natural environment with programs, hands-on activities, and the simple enjoyment and interaction of this wetlands, prairie and grassland preserve.

The arts are defined in many ways. A Center for the Arts offers theater, concerts, film, and more. The Kaddatz Gallery, Charles Beck Gallery (at the M State) and Lake Region Arts Council expose visitors to the talented work of local and regional artists.

When it comes to history the Otter Tail County Historical Society does an excellent job of preserving and sharing this region’s history. They have a beautiful museum that captivates audiences. The aging baby boomers are actively seeking to know more about their ancestors and heritage. And throughout the county the history of Fergus Falls and the area is celebrated in things like the Phelps Mill Festival, interpretive signs along the Otter Trail Scenic Byway, historic homes and more.

For the tourist who wants more excitement (either as an observer or a participant) Red Horse Ranch Arena and BMX Track are obvious additions to hiking, biking and boating. The beautiful City Parks are super for relaxing or letting off some pent-up energy. Every Thursday night during the summer visitors enjoy free Concerts in Roosevelt Park. Maybe geocaching is something you enjoy – you’ll find many hidden caches in the Fergus Falls area.  Or consider attending GeoFest Midwest on September 25th. Other crowd-pleasing events are the 80s Prom (March 20), Half Marathon (June 5), Summerfest and Hangar Dance (June 11-12), Phelps Mill Art Festival (July 11-12), Hoot Lake Triathlon (July 25) and the PRCA Rodeo (August 12-14).

There’s no doubt that people visit Fergus Falls for many other reasons as well – shopping, visiting relatives, golfing, festivals. Those who live in Fergus Falls consider themselves fortunate to live in a community that is a desirable destination for tourists. They are welcoming and look forward to sharing Fergus Falls with you.