Attractions May 01, 2021
The Definitive Guide To Uncovering South Dakota’s Best Attractions — Small Towns, Gorgeous Parks, Museums, And More!
With its rolling landscape, wide open spaces and breathtaking natural beauty everywhere you look, South Dakota certainly has it all. Discover the real personality of South Dakota by exploring its big cities, by relaxing in its small towns, and by meeting the friendly locals. Tour such famous attractions as Mount Rushmore and The Ingalls Homestead. Spend a day sampling wine at a local winery before hitting some of the state’s most eclectic stores. You’ll find a little bit of everything, including antique shops, bookstores, and thrift stores. If you’re a fan of animals, stop by the zoo or one of South Dakota’s animal parks. South Dakota’s brimming with hidden gems, making it a bucket list-worthy destination. Here are just a few of South Dakota’s best attractions to get you started on your adventure.
The Best Small Towns In South Dakota
South Dakota offers something for everyone – from big city life and wide open spaces to small towns that ooze charm. To really experience the charm and the personality of South Dakota, plan a visit to some of its best small towns. Home to Mount Rushmore, the adorable town of Keystone is worth a visit all on its own, especially if you’re a fan of old-fashioned train rides aboard the 1880s Train. Stroll along the quiet downtown streets of Dell Rapids; get a peek at how Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived in De Smet, and spend time in the cute small town of Parker. You can’t, of course, forget Wall, home perhaps to one of the most famous drug stores in all of America, Wall Drug.
What is your favorite small town in South Dakota?
The Must Visit Grocery Store In South Dakota
Some people know the quaint town of Huron as the home of “The World’s Largest Pheasant.” Food lovers, on the other hand, might think of South Dakota’s oldest grocery store first when they hear the name Huron. Manolis Grocery has been a town staple since it opened back in the 1920s, and it’s still going strong a century later. Find all of the fresh cheeses and meats you need to make the perfect sandwich or a delicious meal. The quaint grocery store also sells a generous selection of alcohol, but it’s perhaps best known for its mouthwatering, homemade sandwiches. If you visit, you can’t leave without one. Choose from such favorites as The Russ, which features a hearty helping of turkey, Swiss cheese, salt, and pepper on potato bread.
What sandwich will you order when you visit Manolis Grocery?
The Unique Park In South Dakota
We may not have been around millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but we can get a better idea of what it must have been like when we visit the most unique park in South Dakota. Known as one of the very first tourist attractions in the Black Hills, Dinosaur Park in Rapid City first appeared on the landscape in 1936. Perched atop a hill that offers spellbinding views of Rapid City, Dinosaur Park features massive dinosaurs made of concrete. Stroll past the dinosaurs, and snap photos of such well-known prehistoric creatures as the T-Rex and the Triceratops. If you visit from May through October, you might want to stop by the gift shop and visitor center.
Have you walked among the dinosaurs at this historic park?
The Most Charming Farmers Market In South Dakota
Summertime’s all about fresh fruits and vegetables and spending time under the South Dakota sun. It also means the return of some of the state’s best seasonal farmers markets, including Falls Park Farmers Market in Sioux Falls. The popular farmers market has been a South Dakota favorite for well over a century, beginning in 1912. Today, it’s open from May through October, drawing countless shoppers from all over the state. You never know what goodies you’ll find at the farmers market – from fresh fruits and veggies to homemade bread and scrumptious cakes. However, the farmers market is about more than just food, with vendors selling their artwork, jewelry, and other hidden gems. Don’t forget to check out the food vendors that are on hand, too.
What delicious goodies will you take home from Falls Park Farmers Market?
The Magical Train Ride In South Dakota
South Dakota’s bursting with gems, including The 1880 Train, which runs along the Black Hills Central Railroad. If you’ve got a few hours free, buy a ticket for a two-hour train ride, which you can pick up in Keystone or Hill City. The 20-mile train trips will lead you on a journey back in time as you sit aboard one of the steam or diesel trains. Sit back, relax, and watch the gorgeous South Dakota landscape roll by as a seasoned tour guide offers a colorful narrative. You can even dig into snacks as the train meanders slowly along, giving you plenty of time to snap photos and to drink in the scenery, which sometimes includes local wildlife.
What will you discover on your journey aboard The 1880 Train?
The Longest Bridge In South Dakota
South Dakota lays claim, without a doubt, to breathtaking natural beauty just about everywhere we look. That doesn’t even take into consideration the beautiful manmade wonders that dot the state – like the longest bridge in South Dakota. Clocking in at 5,655 feet long, the Platte-Winner Bridge (also known as the Francis Case Memorial Bridge) shuttles travelers over Lake Francis Case. It first opened in 1966 and connects the towns of Platter and Winner. Today, more than 1,000 vehicles travel over the bridge each day. Due to its heavy use, the bridge will eventually be replaced. The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in fact, estimates its replacement will open by the middle of the 2020s.
Have you traveled over South Dakota’s longest bridge?
One Of The Most Unique Museums In South Dakota
There’s unique then there’s
unique. The South Dakota Outhouse Museum in Colome definitely earns props as the state’s most unique museum, making it more than bucket list-worthy. Created by Richard Papousek, who has collected outhouse for nearly two decades, the Outhouse Museum’s outhouses each have a unique story of their own. Snap a photo in front of Porthole Potty, for example, where you’ll learn the touching story of Mabel Reed’s grandparents, who arrived in the United States on a ship from Europe. She honored them by building, you guessed it, an outhouse. Take a sense of humor with you – and your camera – when you visit this most unusual and fun museum in South Dakota.
Which exhibit at The South Dakota Outhouse Museum will intrigue you the most?