The eastern region of South Dakota has something for everyone. There’s the hustle and bustle of Sioux Falls, the refined calm of the National Music Museum, and the excitement of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences to lure you to the eastern region.
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
More than one million vacationers visit the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area each year. Located near Yankton on the South Dakota and Nebraska border, the site marks the spot where the Lewis and Clark expedition first met with the Yankton Sioux.
Mitchell Corn Palace
Ever wonder what a building covered in corn looks like? Probably not, but that’s what you’ll get when you visit the “World’s Only” Corn Palace in Mitchell. The venue has been around since 1882, and has become one of South Dakota’s most popular – and most intriguing – tourist destinations. Best part about it is it’s free to check out.
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
About 1,000 years ago, an American Indian settlement sprang up along the creek and rose into a village of about 70 lodges containing hundreds of people. The site of that ancient village is now partially inundated by manmade Lake Mitchell, but much of it is preserved as the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.
Falls Park – Sioux Falls
Falls Park is the stunning park in the city of Sioux Falls – and is actually where the city itself derives its name. As such, it’s certainly the area’s most distinctive attraction, if not one of the most in South Dakota. Whether you’re a huge fan of nature or prefer the cemented ways of the city life, you’re bound to appreciate Falls Park, which is named for the plummeting waterfalls which beautifully grace its grounds. This is a great place to stop and enjoy a little time outdoors with the family.
Goss Opera House – Watertown
The restored Goss Opera House and Gallery has hosted a wide variety of art and entertainment – from Second City comedy tour to the South Dakota Chamber Orchestra, from nationally acclaimed musicians to the Dinosaur Adventure exhibit currently on display.
Storybook Land – Aberdeen
Families will experience a world of imagination at Storybook Land – capturing all the myth and magic of your favorite nursery rhymes from Humpty Dumpty to Jack & Jill to the Wizard of Oz characters. Even adults will enjoy the fun and excitement it has to offer.
Laura Ingalls Wilder – DeSmet
Do you remember reading the “Little House on the Prairie” books growing up? Well now you can actually view the real thing. Check out the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota, where Pa Ingalls first set his claim in 1880. The homestead is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, and offers Laura Ingalls Wilder enthusiasts covered wagon rides, an 1880s school session, Ma’s little house, horses and ponies, a prairie exhibit, pioneer activities, and camping.
National Music Museum
The National Music Museum & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments, located on the University of South Dakota campus, houses outstanding collections of historic instruments, including over 14,500 American, European, and non-Western instruments. This collection, renowned for its breadth and depth, is the most inclusive anywhere.
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences
The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. As the state’s premier entertainment, cultural and educational facility, the Paviion features a Visual Arts Center, the Kirby Science Discovery Center, the Wells Fargo CineDome Theater, and the Husby Performing Arts Center.
Downtown Sioux Falls
Downtown Sioux Falls is buzzing with activity and interest. In recent years, Sioux Falls’ downtown area has developed into a unique Sioux Falls neighborhood, with its own style and amenities.