Seasonal August 26, 2021
The Ultimate Guide To Seasonal Activities In South Dakota: Pumpkin Patches, Christmas Lights, Water Parks, And More
Every season is a great season to be in South Dakota, whether you’re living here or just visiting. Seriously, there are amazing things going on year-round, like never-ending sunflower fields and all-day float trips during summer. Or, during fall, you can get lost in a huge pumpkin patch (or corn maze!) and then find your way to the nearest apple orchard for the freshest cider you’ll ever drink. During the winter months, there’s nothing like visiting a South Dakota Christmas village or boarding a special Christmas train with cocoa and cookies. You also can’t let winter pass you by without a hunt for the best Christmas lights in the state. And then, when summer finally returns, you’ll want to spend your days at the water park. We’ve put together this epic, ultimate guide to all things seasonal in South Dakota, and we think you’ll fall in love with this beautiful state all over again.
Visit These Dreamy Sunflower Fields In South Dakota
Did you know that Kansas is not, in fact, the biggest producer of sunflowers in the country? Nope! That title goes to the Dakotas. North and South Dakota are the two largest growers of sunflowers in the USA, and every summer, South Dakota is filled end to end with them. You cannot let summer pass you by without getting lost in at least one of the several enormous sunflower fields all over the state.
Which one do you plan on frolicking through first?
The Most Epic Water Parks In South Dakota
Folks may not exactly think "water parks" when they think of South Dakota...but maybe they ought to. South Dakota is home to a plethora of excellent, quality water parks that you'll love visiting. One such park is the legendary Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, in, well, Hot Springs. It's a naturally spring-fed park complete with floats, slides, and more.
Which park is closest to where you live?
The Best Natural Pool In South Dakota
If you've never been to Cascade Falls, in Hot Springs, you are missing out more than you'll ever know (until you finally visit, of course). The water is easily the cleanest, clearest, most pristine water you'll ever swim in - at least in South Dakota - and it's kept permanently fresh by the natural springs that constantly feed into it.
Would you take the plunge?
The Most Charming Pumpkin Patches In South Dakota
South Dakota does autumn right! Any given year, you'll be totally enamored with the numerous traditions all over the state, like pumpkin patches, for one. South Dakota is home to several legendary patches, big and small, and you should make it a point to visit them all this fall. Few things scream "it's autumn!" more loudly than a good old-fashioned pumpkin patch in South Dakota.
How many pumpkins will you be bringing home?
Picture-Perfect Apple Orchards In South Dakota
Once you've had your fill of pumpkin patches, you know what comes next, right? Yup - the freshest apple cider you'll ever sip from a local orchard. Autumn is the best time for fresh cider and apple-picking, and Hoversten Orchard in Brandon is the perfect place to go for all your orchard-based autumnal needs. You'll find 25 acres of numerous apple varieties, and you'll delight in picking the most beautiful ones for a bring-home bundle.
How many apples do you think you can carry in one trip?
Get Lost In These Awesome South Dakota Corn Mazes
Well, autumn just wouldn't be autumn without a corn maze or two, are we right? Luckily for those of us in the Mount Rushmore state, there are plenty of corn mazes to go around. Each one varies in size and difficulty, and year after year, there are lots of local farms that go all-out for the perfect corn maze attraction.
Do you have what it takes to solve these enormous puzzles?
The South Dakota Halloween Town That Will Terrify And Delight You
There's a little town in South Dakota that prides itself in going all-out for the spookiest time of year. Deadwood is a small town that's said to be ultra-haunted, so it just makes sense that every year it transforms into the creepiest place around. You won't want to miss events like Deadweird, the biggest Halloween bash in the state, and all the costume contests, creepiness and candies that come with it.
Are you terrifying enough to clean house at the costume contest?
The Most Magical Christmas Villages In South Dakota
We take our holiday cheer pretty serious 'round these parts, and Christmas is when it all comes to a big, festive head. There are entire towns that get decked out year after year, and each is worth a family outing to visit. Some of the towns most famous in South Dakota for becoming enchanting Christmastime wonderlands are Pierre, Rapid City, and even old Deadwood.
Which Christmas town in South Dakota is most jolly to you?
The One Of A Kind Christmas Train In South Dakota
Is it really Christmas without a special train ride? Each year, the old 1880 Train embarks on a holiday-themed adventure called
The Holiday Express
. Bring the whole family for the family-friendly train rides with cocoa and cookies, or bring your grown-up friends for the 21+ holiday rides.
Have you ever sipped on spiked cocoa?
Must-Visit Spots To View Christmas Lights In South Dakota
Finally, we reach quite probably the most magical of all holiday traditions: Christmas lights displays. South Dakota has plenty of dazzling displays every year, so no matter where you live, there's sure to be one close by. Christmas at the Capitol in Pierre is an annual light show like no other that you've got to experience to believe.
Which Christmas lights display is your favorite?