This newly-restored Big Fish roadside attraction is found along Highway 2 in northern MN outside of the tiny town of Bena. It apparently was featured in the opening credits of National Lampoon’s Vacation, along with a handful of other Minnesota attractions.
In the last decade or so it fell into despair, and was on the endangered attractions list. But a roadside attraction enthusiast from MN chipped in 10K to revive it back to life. Long live the Big Fish!
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In DeForest, WI, off the side of the interstate is a life-size pink elephant wearing hipster glasses. I know you were wondering…. Yes the elephant was wearing those glasses before you were born. He also likes indie music, PBR in a can, and rides his Schwinn around town while silently judging you.
The pink elephant was made by the F.A.S.T. Corporation down the road in Sparta, WI. It’s a classic Wisconsin roadside oddity that begs a stop for the weary traveler. Check him out.
While in the area: Madison! Travel to the south about 15 miles to the state’s capital to learn a little history about Minnesota’s neighbor to the east. Time your trip with Halloween for a real throw-down.