Attractions January 30, 2017
Here Are The 12 Coolest Small Towns In South Dakota You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
When it comes to delightful and charming small towns, South Dakota completely blows other states out the water, and we’re darn proud of it. While you may be fully aware of a few of the towns on this list, I’m willing to bet that you’ll discover a couple cool towns you’ve never heard of before (or a least a few new attractions.) From gorgeous lakeside views to fantastic local restaurants, it’s not hard to find something to love in each of these little towns.
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This 263 population town is home to a hidden gem:
Double Barrel Steakhouse.
If you’re craving some mouthwatering prime rib, wings, steaks or burgers, this is certainly the place for you. Although it may be off the beaten path, it still attractions patrons from far and wide.
2. Dell Rapids
This town is located 30 minutes north of Sioux Falls, and it’s positively adorable. It’s home to a beautifully restored art deco theatre that dates back to 1938 where you can enjoy hit movies at a very reasonable price.
3. Belle Fourche
of Butte County is certainly one of kind. In fact, the geographical center of the entire nation lies within it, and you can stand at the very spot.
Natalie / Only In Your State
Did you know that this 121 population town is home to the largest cheese plant in the state? Visit
and purchase some seriously delicious cheese. You'll thank us later.
All around, Parker is a delightful place to call home any time of the year. For a week during the month of August, Parker plays host to the beloved Turner County Fair known for its 4H competitions, rodeos, demolition derbies, various booths and exciting exhibits.
The beloved Palisades State Park is located just south of this little town. Featuring unique cliff formations, magnificent trails, and lush, beautiful vegetation, this state park is one of the most unique areas of our state.
8. Hot Springs
From the Wild Horse Sanctuary and Evans Plunge to the Mammoth Site and Pioneer Museum, this town of 3,514 people offers so much to do that you won’t know where to start. Perhaps one of the less visited Black Hills towns, it really has so much to offer.
This vibrant community is home to Prairie House Restaurant where you’ll find some seriously delicious chislic right in the area where it originated from. Freeman is also known for their annual spring Schmeckfest festival which is German for “festival of tasting.” Complete with a theater production, fantastic food and craft demonstrations, and a family-style German meal, this is a unique South Dakota celebration you'll want to experience at least once in your lifetime.
Feel free to visit their
where you can purchase tickets for their scrumptious, home cooked German meal.
Nestled in southwest South Dakota alongside the Cheyenne River, Edgemont is home to the Trails, Trains, and Pioneers Museum and a spectacular restaurant called Hat Creek Grill. Order their fried green beans with homemade creamy horseradish sauce, and you’ll be in for a treat.
lovely little town
is simply loaded with things to do and places to explore. It’s most known for its vibrant downtown, lovely historical buildings, and its fabulous lakeside views.
12. Lake Preston
Situated near four area lakes, this town is an adventure lover’s dream come true. From loads of camping opportunities, to gorgeous lakeside views, and various successful businesses, Lake Preston is an absolute gem that shouldn’t be overlooked.
With so many small towns located in our state, we know that this is only a small list. What are some of your favorite lesser-known South Dakota towns? Let us know in the comment section below!