Glacial Lakes

Glacial Lakes and Prairies

Brookings

Begin your tour in Brookings along Interstate 29. 

Mcrory Gardens
Mcrory Gardens at South Dakota State University
Art Museum
South Dakota Art Museum
Must-See Stops:

McCrory Gardens
One of the top 10 small botanical gardens in the United States, McCrory Gardens includes a 25-acre botanical garden and a 45-acre arboretum on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings. 

South Dakota Art Museum
Check out the galleries featuring Native American art, an interactive kids room, and 17 new exhibits each year. Don’t leave without a souvenir from the museum store. 
 

Nick's Hamburger Shop
Travel Planner Tip:

Nick’s Hamburger Shop is famous amongst South Dakota residents for its fresh hamburgers and homemade buns. 

Watertown

Continue on your route 50 miles (45 minutes) north to Watertown, the home of outdoor recreation. 

Heritage Museum
Codington County Heritage Museum
Art Center
Terry Redlin Art Center
Must-See Stops

Codington County Heritage Museum
Located in former Historic Carnegie Library, you’ll enjoy the historic exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the area. 

Terry Redlin Art Center
Enjoy more than 160 original oil paintings of natural settings by South Dakota artist Terry Redlin.
 

Redlin Fireworks
Travel Planner Tip:

Every year, thousands gather on the Terry Redlin Art Center lawn to watch South Dakota’s Biggest Firework Show.

Sisseton

Next stop is Sisseton, a town only 60 miles (55 minutes) north of Watertown. 

Nicollet Tower
Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center
Historical State Park
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park
Must-See Stops:

Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center
The top of the 75-foot tall tower offers a beautiful view of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. 

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park 
Walk the grounds and check out the officers’ quarters, stone barracks, guardhouse and other buildings that remain from the time of the Western frontier. 
 

Historical Festival
Travel Planner Tip:

The annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival is held during the first full weekend in June. The festival covers the whole gamut of frontier life including fiddle music, historic figures and more. 

Aberdeen

Continue your route west 85 miles (75 minutes) to Aberdeen, the “Hub City.” 

Dacotah Prairie Museum
Dacotah Prairie Museum
Storybook Land
Storybook Land
Must-See Stops:

Dacotah Prairie Museum
The museum provides a historic look at Brown County that includes a wildlife gallery and exhibits on the railroad and pioneer settlers. 

Wylie Park and Storybook Land
Visit a place where your group can step back in time and experience all the childhood fables they know and love. 
 

South Dakota Film Festival
Travel Planner Tip:

Each September, the Capitol Cinema hosts the South Dakota Film Festival, a premier event that attracts films from around the world. 

Faulkton

A stop in the Carousel City 60 miles (1 hour) southwest of Aberdeen is a must. 

Happy Times Carousel
Must-See Stops:

Elevator Murals
Internationally known Australian artist Guido van Helten transformed the sides of a grain elevator into his canvas to portray the essence of agricultural life in South Dakota. 

Happy Times Carousel
Enjoy a ride on the nostalgic carousel that has 19 of the 20 original aluminum horses as well as the two chariot seats. 
 

Pickler Mansion
Travel Planner Tip:

Dating back to 1882, the Pickler Mansion is a historic home on the south edge of Faulkton.

Huron

Plan a stop 85 miles (90 minutes) southeast at the home of the South Dakota State Fair.

World's Largest Pheasant
World's Largest Pheasant
South Dakota State Fair
South Dakota State Fair
Must-See Stops:

World’s Largest Pheasant
This 28-foot, 22-ton pheasant has earned the title of the World’s Largest Pheasant. It spans more than 40 feet from beak to tail. 

South Dakota State Fair
The state fair is held annually every Labor Day weekend in Huron. Take a spin on the carnival rides or find your favorite fair food while taking in the livestock and 4-H exhibits. 
 

Wheel Jam Semi Truck Show
Travel Planner Tip:

The Wheel Jam is a car show, motorcycle show and a semi/truck show that also features other entertainment such as concerts, a poker run and a semi-truck light show. 

DeSmet

Experience the life of the author of the Little Town on the Prairie series.

Ingalls Homestead Corn Dolls
Ingalls Homestead Corn Dolls
Must-See Stops:

Ingalls Homestead
While exploring the area where Laura Ingalls Wilder's family homesteaded, visitors experience South Dakota pioneer heritage through hands-on activities such as riding the covered wagon and making a corncob doll. 

Loftus Store
Make a stop at the Loftus Store for souvenirs, Little House on the Prairie books and more. Laura wrote of Mr. Loftus and the Loftus store in several of her Little House books.
 

Laura Ingalls Pageant
Travel Planner Tip:

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant is annually held each July and brings a Laura Ingalls Wilder book to life on the De Smet outdoor stage.