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Brookings: Outdoor Fun in Northeastern South Dakota

Travel to northeastern South Dakota and take in all of the outdoor recreation possibilities in Brookings. Experience 70 acres of nature at McCrory Gardens. Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, you can wander the botanical garden and arboretum as well as an education & visitor center. Dakota Nature Park, a city landfill-turned-multipurpose park, features bike trails, fishing ponds, kayaking, canoeing, bird-watching and picnic areas. Inside the park, you’ll find Larson Nature Center, which offers recreational programs and rentals. From kayaks to snowshoes, the center has everything you need for your Dakota Nature Park adventure.


Mountain bikers and cyclists will love Single Track & Pump Park. With three tracks of varying skill levels and terrain, the park is perfect for riders of all ages. Explore the two-acre Veteran’s Memorial Park, which features walking trails and a monument to our nation’s veterans. Discover the region's pioneer heritage at the Brookings County History Museum. Spot the incredible artwork of the Downtown Urban Canvas by exploring the alleyways of downtown Brookings.

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From frosty treats to glorious greenery, see what's in store.

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Children's Museum of South Dakota

Located in downtown Brookings, the Children's Museum of South Dakota offers hands-on exhibits and interactive displays to promote creativity and learning for its visitors. This popular attraction is full of fun for the whole family. 

Visit the Children's Museum of South Dakota

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South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

Discover the state's agricultural and rural history at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum. Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, the museum features exhibits on agricultural science and culture. 

Visit the South Dakota Agricultural Museum

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McCrory Gardens

With 25 acres of open-air gardens and a 45-acre arboretum, you can find harmony amongst this collection of flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses on the South Dakota State University campus.

Smell the Flowers at McCrory Gardens

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South Dakota Art Museum

Featuring amazing works by South Dakota artists spread throughout six galleries, this free museum is located beside the iconic Coughlin Campanile on the South Dakota State University campus. The museum is perhaps known best for its collection of work by Harvey Dunn, a former SDSU student and one of South Dakota's most celebrated artists.

Take in the Beauty of the South Dakota Art Museum

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Plan Your Visit to Brookings

Bike tracks, kayaking, hiking trails and more give outdoors-lovers plenty of reasons to visit Brookings.

1321 6th Street
Brookings, SD57006
United States

Where to Stay

Whether you’re looking for the perfect camping spot for your RV or a hotel that has all the amenities, you’ll find it here.


Where to Eat and Drink

From handmade candy and micro doughnuts to creative pub fare and globally inspired menus, Brookings features a variety of cuisines for visitors to try.


What to See and Do Nearby

With parks, gardens, fishing ponds and trails, Brookings adds to South Dakota’s reputation as an outdoor paradise. Stroll through an urban arboretum, see a replica of a pioneer cabin, tee off on a round of golf or go paddling on a serene lake while you’re here.

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