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Pierre – Outdoor Fun in the State Capital

Pierre, South Dakota’s state capital, has no shortage of outdoor recreation. From state parks to recreation areas, Pierre offers first-rate outdoor recreation year-round. Located on the Missouri River, LaFramboise Island Nature Area features hiking, boat ramps, fishing docks and picnic areas. This island is also historically significant for its mention in the Lewis and Clark journals from their 1804 journey. Go camping at the Oahe Downstream State Recreation area. The state park’s three campgrounds feature hiking, boating, disc golf and birdwatching. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles while visiting.

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. 

Fog at LaFramboise Island

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.

Explore LaFramboise Island

Exploring the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, SD

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.

Discover the Cultural Heritage Center

Visit the State Capitol

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.

Visit the State Capitol


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.

Visit the South Dakota National Guard Museum

Go fishing on the Missouri River.
Plan Your Visit to Pierre

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.

800 W. Dakota Ave.
Pierre, SD57501
United States

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.

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