A couple of years ago Em and I took a road trip from Michigan to Yellowstone. We took I-90 across the entire state and there were many, many farm fields that guided us across the state. We would drive for miles and miles seeing nothing but endless fields. In the midst of this trip, we discovered a great list of Things to do in South Dakota.
Along the way, we found amazing views, cultural attractions, and more fun than we were able to handle on this trip. There are so many great things to do in South Dakota that we are making plans to visit again soon.
14 Things To Do In South Dakota
Here are some of the great attractions Em & I found in South Dakota that I know you will love to experience. Whether you are taking a long road trip as we enjoyed, or your destination is one specific South Dakota location, this list is amazing.
Fun Outdoor Adventures in South Dakota
Panning for gold in the Black Hills. We only found 2 small pieces of gold, but we had a lot of fun panning for gold.
Jewel Cave is well worth the visit. We took a tour that included lots and lots of stairs but it was completely worth it. Simply stunning.
Of course, Mount Rushmore is a highlight when you visit South Dakota. It is a pretty impressive piece of work.
Everyone needs to camp at Custer State Park at least once in their life. The wildlife viewing alone is worth the visit.
The Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary rescues wild animals that have been raised in domestic settings. Often times the animals are raised in homes until they are too big and wild for the owners to control. The sanctuary steps in and rescues these animals to provide a safe place for them to live.
Taking a tour of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is a great way to spend the morning. We had a lot of fun getting (fairly) up close and personal with the wild horses.
Unique Roadside Attractions
If you are driving through South Dakota you MUST stop at Wall Drugs. It has enough quirkiness to keep you busy for hours on end. You will see signs for Wall Drugs all along I-90. At the time of our road trip we counted how many signs we passed, but I’ve forgotten that number. It had to be more than 50.
The World’s Only Corn Palace is located along I-90. There is a whole lot of corn going on at the Corn Palace and is quite interesting to see.
Along your trip you will cross over the Missouri River. There is a rest stop on the east side of the river that offers fantastic views.
Falls Park in Sioux Falls is a great place to get out and stretch your legs.
Enjoy the warmth and beauty inside the Sertoma Butterfly House in Sioux Falls.
Learn about outdoor activities, cooking, and more at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls.
Looking for a bit of rainy day fun? Head over to the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. It is three great attractions in one: Science Museum, Art Center and Performing Art Center. Fun for the entire family.
Take a walk on the wild side at the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History.
What are your favorite things to do in South Dakota?