Meridian Bridge, Yankton


Located on the banks of the Missouri River along the South Dakota/Nebraska border, Yankton is abundant in natural beauty and water recreation.

Get outdoors at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, a popular resort park offering sandy beaches, campsites, cabins, boat rentals, fishing areas and a horse camp. Explore the nature trails and see the aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery.

In the downtown area, take a guided tour of the 1886 Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, see the historic Meridian Bridge, and browse the boutiques, galleries and eateries of the Meridian District. The scenic Riverside Park is perfect for enjoying a picnic with views of the Missouri River.

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Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Meridian Bridge Trail – Yankton
Meridian Bridge
Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Acquarium
Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery

Featured Events

Yankton’s Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festivalis an extravaganza you should experience. Visitors can expect arts and craft vendors, parades, fireworks, live entertainment, bull riding competitions, kids’ games and arts, crafts, collectibles and car shows. Kick off summer at Yankton Ribfest. Held downtown on historic Third Street, this one-day fest pits the area’s best amateur barbecue cooks against one other. Although you won’t be able to sample the competition ribs, you can hang out and enjoy free outdoor concerts and local food vendors. Calling all riders — the Rock-N-Rumble Motorcycle Rally is the event for you. From live music and local vendors to poker runs and a motorcycle parade across Meridian Bridge, this rally gets bigger and better every year. If you’re in town in the fall, celebrate the season at the Harvest Halloween Festival. Take in ghost stories, go trick-or-treating, try the Halloween- and fall-themed games and catch a spooky flick at the Dakota Theatre.

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Yankton Bike Path
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Downtown Yankton


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