You may think that because you have lived your whole life in South Dakota, you know all there is to know. But these 8 hidden gems just might prove you wrong. There is so much to experience and be proud of in our state. How many of these hidden gems in South Dakota have you visited?
1. World's Largest Pheasant
Located in Huron, the World's Largest Pheasant is truly a sight to see. Coming in at 28 feet tall and weighing over 22 tons, there is nothing in the world like it.
2. Big Sioux Recreation Area
Big Sioux Recreation is located just on the edge of Brandon, SD and is a beautiful, lesser-known camping and recreation park. You can walk through the park, along the river, and camp here in a cabin, tent or camper.
3. South Dakota Air and Space Museum
The perfect place for adults and chidlren alike to learn about air and space is located right here in South Dakota. With vintage military aircraft and missiles on display, you do not want to miss this hidden gem. Visit the South Dakota Air and Space Museum in Box Elder, SD.
4. Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Due west of Sioux Falls is Lake Vermillion Recreation Area. Perfect for fishing, boating and weekend getaways, if you haven't already visited this park, you need to.
5. Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Made up of eight different counties in South Dakota, this area is absolutely breathtaking. Especially during the spring through fall months, it is a must-see. Drive through the refuge near daybreak or dusk for a chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
6. Wind Cave National Park
The park itself covers more than 33,000 acres. The cave is named for the rush of air caused by barometric pressure at the cave entrance. Besides this unique cave, the park is home to buffalo and other rare species.
7. Queen City Bakery
Those who know about this charming local bakery will all tell you it is the shining gem of Sioux Falls. From quiche to bostock to thumbprint cookies, every item hand-made here is absolutely delectable. What puts this hidden gem over the top is the outstanding customer service.
8. 1880 Train
Your chance to experience the past is right here in South Dakota. Hop on the 1880 train and ride a round trip of 20 miles over the course of 2 hours. The train travels from Hill City to Keystone and is the perfect family friendly attraction.
How many of these hidden gems have you seen in real life? Which hidden gems did we miss?