The 5 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In South Dakota

What is there to do in South Dakota this weekend? It might be time to hop in the car and go off exploring for the day. Here are five great getaway ideas in and around South Dakota that are perfect for the warm weather we’re experiencing.

Quick Hits: What is there to do in South Dakota?
By Annie Sandmeier

What is there to do on a rainy day in South Dakota? South Dakota is famous for its outdoor landmarks and monuments, but the Mount Rushmore State is home to a number of indoor attractions, too. If you have an interest in history or science, why not check out one of the many museums, including the National Music Museum, Children’s Museum of South Dakota, or South Dakota Air and Space Museum? Do you enjoy the arts? Then take in a show at the Orpheum or Lewis & Clark Theater. Did we mention that SoDak is home to a bunch of must-visit shops and restaurants as well?

What do you do with kids In South Dakota? If there is one thing that South Dakota is (aside from friendly, gorgeous, and fascinating, of course), it is child friendly! While we could talk all day about things to do with kids in South Dakota, we will only mention a few, like the hands-on Reptile Gardens (AKA the world’s largest reptile), enchanting Storybook Land and Storybook Island, legendary Ingalls Homestead, and the unforgettable 1880 Train.

What do you do with kids in South Dakota without spending money? When it comes to an affordable place to live or vacation, South Dakota is the best place to be. If you want to do some outdoor sightseeing, there is Falls Park, Sioux Falls SculptureWalk, and Outdoor Campus in Rapid City. Do you want to check out some of the most iconic spots in SoDak? Visit the Mitchell Corn Palace, Chapel in the Hills, or Jewel Cave. Are you looking for something just for the kids? We again mention Storybook Land and Island, plus Dinosaur Park and must-see Wall Drug.

What are your favorite day trips in South Dakota? There can never be enough great getaway ideas in and around South Dakota. Tell us in the comments!