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South Dakota is a family-friendly state that will entertain and impress children, no matter what the age.

Imaginations run free at the fairytale world of Storybook Land in Wylie Park, the Black Hills Maze or Wild Water West Waterpark. Kids can even watch one of their favorite children's books come to life at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant each summer. (Don't tell the children - most of it's educational as well.)

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Holy Terror Days

The Holy Terror Day Association, a non-profit organizations which funds events in Keystone and also helps to fun youth, families, and organizations in need in the Keystone Area is sponsoring Holy Terror Days 2013.


South Dakota’s Great Places: Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

Are you looking for a camping experience with something for everyone?


South Dakota’s Great Places: Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

Since the 1930s, readers have been enchanted by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s tales of the struggles and joys of life on the prairie. 


Great Places: Washington Pavilion

With its exceptional medley of education, adventure, and art exhibits and centers, the Washington Pavilion, located in downtown Sioux Falls, is a diverse attraction that should be experienced first-hand.


Second Season of Governor’s Mansion Tours Begin June 6

First Lady Linda Daugaard announced today that weekly public tours of the Governor’s Mansion will begin on Wednesday, June 6. 


Ribbon Cutting at Education Program Building at The Mammoth Site

On Saturday, May 5th we invite you to tour the new Education Program Building, which now houses the Junior Paleontologist and newly created Advanced Paleontologist excavation programs.


9th Annual Winter Wonderland At Falls Park


South Dakota’s Great Places: George S. Mickelson Trail

One of South Dakota’s Great Places is a premier trail within the state park system that stretches across 109-miles in the


First Annual ACA Sanctioned Cornhole Tournament


Discover the Northeast: Affordable Family Fun

The northeastern region of South Dakota, also known as the Glacial Lakes and Prairies Region, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. 


Road Trip Across South Dakota

If you’re traveling west along Interstate-90 toward Mount Rushmore National Memorial, here are a few places you may want to visit.


Beauty Beneath the Surface

Find an underground world of sparkling calcite crystals, intricate boxwork and rare geological formations at Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument.


Crazy Horse Celebrates 20 Years of Reconciliation

Crazy Horse Memorial will celebrate Native American Day with its 20th annual celebration on Monday, Oct. 12, starting at 10:00 a.m. MDT. Traditional hoop dancers, Native American artists, an educational program, a blast on the mountain and more will all be a part of the event.


Buffalo Roundup

Starting Sept. 26, the Black Hills and Custer State Park come alive with events ranging from arts festivals and historic reenactments to chili cook-offs and old-time fiddlers, all centered around the annual roundup of the park’s nearly 1,500 bison.


An Affordable Storybook Vacation

Once upon a time, family vacations were about spending time together, not standing in long lines. Memories didn't cost hundreds of dollars. Instead they were fueled by imagination.


Marks of History: Wild Bill Hickok’s grave at Mount Moriah

On August 2, 1876, Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back at the No. 10 Saloon in Deadwood, S.D. Today, Wild Bill lies to rest at Mount Moriah Cemetery on Deadwood’s historic “Boot Hill”.

Rushmore to add laser scans, digital mapping to its preservation arsenal

When you get to be a national icon of a certain age, you need a little help looking smooth and youthful. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which turns 68 this year, undergoes a facelift every year.


Favorite Things: Top Five in Custer State Park

Few truly wild places remain in this country, but 71,000-acre Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is certainly one of them.


Marks of HIstory: Crazy Horse Mountain

On June 3, 1948, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Chief Henry Standing Bear decided to make their dream of carving a memorial to Crazy Horse a reality. This historic marker, located at the entrance of the memorial on Highway 16, describes why Lakota Chief Crazy Horse was chosen as the model/subject


Mark Your Calendar: Family-Friendly, Affordable Events

Its time to start planning ahead for family-friendly, affordable events that will get everyone out of the house for a weekend. This year’s Great Events are cost effective, enjoyable and fun for all ages.


Important Announcement: Primal Quest Race to Start One Day Earlier


Sioux Falls Fusion Debuts at April 7 Concert

The Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society has commissioned a composition for the All City Middle School Jazz Ensemble concert, April 7that Augustana College.


South Dakota: Jump in, the Water's Fine

Within the borders of South Dakota, over 1,200 square miles of water fill various lakes and flow throughout the state.

Buffalo Roundup Highlights Fall Travel in South Dakota

A one-of-a-kind experience awaits fall travelers.

Wall Drug…A family-friendly hotspot

The Wall Drug Store got its start during the Great Depression by offering free ice water to thirsty travelers.