South Dakota’s Great Places: South Dakota Discovery Center

A few kids enjoying the special dinosaur exhibit from summer 2010. (Department of Tourism photo)

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium, billed as a “science playground for the whole family,” provides educational, hands-on science activities that make it one of South Dakota’s Great Places.
Located in Pierre, S.D., the Discovery Center offers more than 60 hands-on exhibits that demonstrate the principles of electricity, magnetism, life sciences and physics. The center also features an aquarium filled with fish species native to the Missouri River that runs through Pierre.
The Discovery Center offers a number of summer programs for various ages and interests. Some of these include discovery camps, outdoor adventure programs and pre-school science Fridays. For more information, visit
In addition to these programs, the center also offers traveling programs for teachers, 4-H and Scout leaders, and assistance with developing and hosting an educational event in your own community.

— From a Department of Tourism news release

Categories: Central SD, Places

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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