South Dakota October 01, 2019
These May Just Be The 8 Most South Dakota Things You Can Do This Fall
Fall has officially arrived in the Mount Rushmore State, which means it is time to begin making a bucket list of all the things you want to see and do! Not sure where to start? We recommend doing one (or all) of these 8 fall activities that you can only do here in South Dakota:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Take in the changing leaves at Mount Rushmore (Rapid City).
Mount Rushmore is a sight to see year-round, but it manages to become all-the-more magical when the leaves on the many surrounding trees begin to transform into festive reds, oranges, and yellows. Do you want to get the most bang for your buck? Walk around the .5-mile Presidental Trail, which passes through many of these towering beauties.
2. Find your perfect pumpkin at the Pumpkin Ranch (Aberdeen).
Fall means it is time to get out and find that perfect pumpkin to carve! While you can always go to your local grocery store to do so, it is way more fun to look for pumpkins at a patch like the Pumpkin Ranch in Aberdeen, which is home to gords of all shapes and sizes.
3. Partake in the annual FestiFall (Canton).
There is no better way to get into the spirit of fall than by joining in a fun festival! Our suggestion? The FestiFall in Canton, which takes place every October and has everything from pumpkin carving and judging to games and a lovely Candlelight Walk!
4. Get lost in the famous Yogi Bear corn maze (Brandon).
Located at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, the Yogi Bear corn maze is quite possibly the most iconic maze in the state! Admission to the maze is $8 for adults and $5 for kids and includes the maze, a jumping pillow, and a visit with Yogi himself.
5. Pick your own apples at the Country Apple Orchard (Harrisburg).
Aside from pumpkins, there is no fall food quite as iconic as the apple. While — like pumpkins — you can buy apples at your grocery store, it is more fun to pick them yourself at the Country Apple Orchard; a 6,000-tree farm that has such tasty varieties as Cortland, Sweet Sixteen, and Honey Gold.
6. Drive around the incredible Black Hills National Forest.
When it comes to fall drives, there are none quite as memorable as the Black Hills National Forest, which is approximately 110-miles long and consists of 1-million-plus acres of mountains and mature trees.
7. Run for your life through the Fear Asylum Haunted House (Brookings).
In the interest of full disclosure, I do not do haunted houses or come within 100 yards of them, but if you enjoy being terrified, there is no better place to be than the Fear Asylum in Brookings. Named South Dakota's premier haunted attraction, Fear Asylum has everything from a creepy mental institution setting to over-the-top costumes and lots of blood. Good luck!
8. Hike around Custer State Park (Custer).
Did you survive Fear Asylum? Awesome! It is time to de-stress and unwind at Custer State Park, which boasts extraordinary fall colors, picture-perfect hiking trails, and wildlife around every corner.
What is your favorite thing to do in the fall in South Dakota? Let us know in the comments! For even more must-do SoDak fun, check out
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