McCrory Gardens

Stop and Smell the Flowers

A Brookings-area outdoors photo essay

The home of South Dakota State University is also a place where outdoor fun and beauty come naturally.

Just outside the eastern South Dakota city of Brookings, Dakota Nature Park & Larson Nature Center offers year-round fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, hiking, biking and relaxation opportunities. Hit the links at Edgebrook Golf Course or get away from it all at Oakwood Lakes State Park. Inside city limits, explore 25 acres of botanical gardens and the 45-acre Arboretum on the SDSU campus. It’s an oasis of color, peace and some truly wonderful scents.  

Looking for more Brookings fun? Check this out!

Dakota Nature Park Brookings
Dakota Nature Park, Brookings
Tulips in the Brookings Area
McCrory Gardens, Brookings
Boy floating on back in water
Swimming!
Little girls playing frisbee golf
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Jetskiing at Oakwood Lakes State Park
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
fishing at Oakwood Lakes State Park
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
McCrory Gardens
McCrory Gardens, Brookings
Edgebrook Golf Course Brooking
Edgewood Golf Course, Brookings
Dakota Nature Park Brookings
Dakota Nature Park, Brookings
Men looking at fish tackle on boat
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Mom and daughter eating s'mores
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Couple walking through McCrory Gardens
McCrory Gardens, Brookings
Tetonkaha Hiking Trail
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Little girl eating roasted marshmallows
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
McCrory Gardens
McCrory Gardens, Brookings
Boating on Oakwood Lakes
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Frisbee Golfing
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Kids in Parks Track Trail sign on tree
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Oakwood Lakes State Park Volga
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Playing badminton
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Oakwood Lakes State Park Volga
Oakwood Lakes State Park, Volga
Three people Bird Watching
Birdwatching
Man at Edgebrook Golf Course mid-golf swing
Edgebrook Golf Course, Brookings
Kayaking on river at Dakota Nature Park
Dakota Nature Park, Brookings
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