Childrens Museum of South Dakota, Brookings


The fourth-largest city in South Dakota, Brookings has museums, kid-approved attractions and scenic outdoor recreation areas. Let little ones learn and play at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota and splash and slide at the indoor Splash Zone Waterpark.

On the South Dakota State University campus, peruse rotating exhibits at the South Dakota Art Museum and learn about the history, science and culture of the state’s agricultural industry at South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum.

Get outdoors at McCrory Gardens, featuring a 25-acre botanical garden and a 45-acre arboretum, or explore Dakota Nature Park, a 135-acre park with fishing, boating, birdwatching and biking. 

McCrory Gardens
McCrory Gardens
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Edgebrook Golf Course
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Children’s Museum of South Dakota

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Each year, Pioneer Park transforms into the state’s premier art festival — the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. This 50-year tradition showcases works by more than 200 artists in diverse art styles, as well as gourmet food booths, artisan craft & food vendors, live music and a kid’s area. Attend the Downtown at Sundown free summer concert series. Along with a stellar lineup covering a range of genres, this five-week series features local food & retail vendors, face painting, inflatables and games for the kids. Join in the kite-flying fun at the Brookings Kite Festival. Fly your own kite and watch impressive demonstrations at this two-day festival at the Fishback Soccer Complex. Each year, downtown Brookings comes alive with holiday spirit during the Festival of Lights. Watch community members and local organizations parade downtown on spectacular holiday floats. The festival also includes a children’s play, letters to Santa, historic trolley rides and a Festival of Trees.

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Dakota Nature Park
South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings
South Dakota Art Museum


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