Finding interesting things to do in South Dakota isn’t very hard, but train rides in South Dakota are a bit harder to come by. That’s what makes today’s feature destination so special! Hop upon this original steam train and take a trip through South Dakota’s past. This trip doesn’t just feature the beautiful landscapes of our state, but you’ll learn a lot about the train itself and the areas you’ll ride through. All aboard, the 1880 Train is leaving the station!

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Have you taken a trip on this historic train? How was it? Are there other South Dakota train rides you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to tag us in your photos from your South Dakota adventures on Instagram by using the hashtag #onlyinsouthdakota — you might even have your photo featured!

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What are some other fun train attractions in South Dakota?

Train rides are fun and immersive way to experience the great state of South Dakota, and while the 1880 Train is certainly the most acclaimed, there are several other train attractions in SD we can recommend:

  • The Depot Pub & Grill: Head to Mitchell for a delicious meal in an exquisite setting: an old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Depot! Whether you opt for a juicy steak, a tasty sandwich, or just a cold drink, you are sure to find something to love at The Depot.
  • Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society: The Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society: a group of model train enthusiasts and engineers who come together to build the best models in the state! You'll want to check the website before venturing out, however, as the displays are rotating and therefore not permanently up to see.
  • South Dakota State Railroad Museum: If you take a ride on the 1880 Train, you have to also see the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, not only because it's fascinating but because it is located right next door to the train station! Featuring numerous hands-on exhibits, timelines, and old-time replicas, the South Dakota State Railroad Museum is a must for any bucket list. Think of this as your South Dakota train rides twofer: an excursion and educational adventure, all wrapped into one!