South Dakota February 21, 2019
7 Quirky South Dakota Roadside Attractions That Are Worthy Of A Pilgrimage
Everyone knows that South Dakota is as wholesome as it is historic, but sometimes it can get a little, dare we say, weird? If quirky is your thing and you enjoy roadside attractions, you are in luck, as these 7 in South Dakota are worthy of both a pilgrimage and a photo or two:
1. Petrified Wood Forest (Lemmon)
When you think of forests, what comes to mind? Lots of trees? Cute little woodland creatures? Long hikes? If you didn't answer a huge formation of pre-historic tree stumps, you have obviously never visited the Petrified Wood Forest, which is home to a block's worth of petrified wood sculptures.
2. World's Largest Pheasant (Huron)
Nothing says roadside attraction quite like something completely misleading, which is where Huron's world's largest pheasant comes in! While it is indeed a pheasant, it is not living, but rather a 20-foot-tall, 22-ton fiberglass and steel sculpture.
3. Porter Sculpture Park (Montrose)
Located in Montrose is the incredible Porter Sculpture Park; a "South Dakota Adventure" that consists of 60 intricate sculptures that you can not only walk up to and photograph, but touch as well! (Please note: Unlike our first two attractions, Porter Sculpture Park does charge admission, so plan to pay $8 for adults and $4 for children 13 to 17.)
4. Skeleton Man Walking Skeleton Dinosaur (Midland)
What are you looking at? Don't you walk your skeleton dinosaur, too? This guy sure does and can be seen on the westbound side of I-90, just before exit 170 near Midland.
5. Giant Prairie Dog (Philip)
Unlike the World's Largest Pheasant, the Philip, South Dakota prairie dog is not the biggest, but is another man-made creation! When you check out this 12-foot-tall, 6-ton varmint, stop in to its neighboring Badlands Ranch Store for a snack or SoDak souvenir.
6. Dinosaur Park (Rapid City)
Your eyes do not deceive you; those are indeed life-size dinosaurs atop that hill! Dedicated in 1936, Dinosaur Park is one of Rapid City's best free attractions, thanks to both its history and unique photo opportunities.
7. Thunderbird Lodge (Mitchell)
...because if you live in or visit South Dakota and don't get a picture with the gigantic Jackalope Jackrabbit, were you even really there?
For more of our favorite SoDak attractions, click on
The 9 Most Incredible Natural Attractions In South Dakota That Everyone Should Visit.