Farm Island State Recreation Area is one of Pierre’s busiest attractions. This recreation area features beaches, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, eight miles of trails, campgrounds, fishing and more. Fish the Missouri River off the docks at Steamboat Park. The park also offers an 18-hole disc golf course, a picnic shelter and a playground. Along with these excellent outdoor amenities, Pierre offers must-see attractions. The South Dakota National Guard Museum gives visitors a glimpse of South Dakota's Military history. Follow the Trail of Governors to see life-sized bronze statues of former state leaders. Families will love the South Dakota Discovery Center's fun, interactive science exhibits.
LaFramboise Island Nature Area
This unique island along the Missouri River is easily accessible, offering visitors the chance to take in trees, meadows and a variety of wildlife and bird species. Explore hiking & biking trails and enjoy the fishing dock, boat ramp and picnic shelter.
Cultural Heritage Center
Learn about South Dakota's rich heritage with a variety of award-winning rotating exhibits that engage every age, especially with hands-on activities that make learning fun.
The State Capitol
Tour the South Dakota State Capitol and learn about the history of the state and its capitol building. Guided tours must be scheduled 48 hours prior to your visit. Self-guided tours and activities books are also available.
South Dakota National Guard Museum
Discover the state's military history at the South Dakota National Guard Museum. Guests will find artifacts dating from the late 1800s to modern day, displaying the heritage and evolution of the Dakota Militia and South Dakota Army.
Pierre’s location on the Missouri River makes it a premier destination for outdoor recreation. Explore the city’s parks and recreation areas to discover your next adventure.
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Where to Stay
South Dakota’s capital has plenty of options for travelers of every type, from well-appointed B&Bs to off-the-beaten-path lodges to full-serve hotels and resorts.
Where to Eat and Drink
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to fuel your outdoor adventures or a hearty dining experience after a day of exploring, here’s where to eat in Pierre.
What to See and Do Nearby
Immerse yourself in South Dakota (and American) history in Pierre. See the State Capitol, head to the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and explore relics at Fort Pierre.