Sightseeing in South Dakota

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All manner of monsters prowl the halls of the Sioux Falls Jaycees Haunted House. Sadistic clowns smile from shadowed corners, herding visitors into a blood-spattered room where a ghoul in a straitjacket waits. Strobe lights and fog convince the senses that they've entered an otherworldly dimension or a very dusty camera, concealing the ghastly robotics and props lurking around each bend?such as a leering, demonic child named Hex. Though the attraction seeks to terrify, its ultimate goal is far more altruistic: ticket profits go to the Sioux Falls Jaycees, a community-service group whose volunteers don masks and gallons of fake blood to staff the entire house.

4000 W 12th St.
Sioux Falls,
SD
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Ingalls Homestead is one of the homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of Little House on the Prairie. The tall grasses and homestead buildings create the setting for guests to relive their favorite memories from the Little House stories. Guests can participate in a wide array of activities such as riding in a covered wagon, attending an 1880?s school session, and meeting ponies and horses up close. Those seeking hands-on activities also can opt for making corn cob dolls or jump ropes, which they get to take home.

20812 Homestead Rd
De Smet,
SD
US

The first vines at the family-owned Wilde Prairie Winery were planted back in 1997. Today the property's rolling hills host more than 2,000 vines, from which the family plucks the grapes that accompany other fruits in flavoring their eclectic range of wines. Along with more traditional reds and whites, Wilde Prairie?s team handcrafts pear wines, honey-raspberry wines, and even blends with strawberry and rhubarb.

Samples abound at the winery itself, whose scenic surroundings host tastings, monthly concerts, and annual happenings such as the Festival of Artists.

48052 259th St.
Brandon,
SD
US

Tucker's Walk Vineyard takes its name from an afghan hound named Tucker. Tucker often led his owners Dave and Sue Greenlee on walks through the property, a former farm, stopping to bask in the sunlight and scenery. Thanks to these canine-led excursions, the Greenlees began to see their property's potential as a leisure destination. As a result, they started planting grapevines, and in 2010, they obtained a federal permit as a bonded winery.

Tucker passed away several years ago, but his legacy lives on. Visitors today continue to explore his favorite scenic spots, and wine connoisseurs visit to taste award-winning wines fermented from the vineyard's cold, hardy grapes. Among those wines are Marquette, a bold, dry red, and Brianna, a fruity white with a pineapple nose. The Greenlees also ferment fruits, such as rhubarb and wild plums, into unique fruit wines.

48332 254th St
Garretson,
SD
US

South Dakota Discovery Center sparks exploration in minds of every age with traveling exhibits and workshops. At the hands-on science playground, visitors can learn about environmental education or space science or build robots out of Legos during classes and competitions. With more than 60 hands-on exhibits, guests can check out tree houses, wacky mirrors, and even experience the "ultimate bad hair day." Families can also hire the center to put on educational festivals with water science and fitness themes or spend the day exploring South Dakota?s history and ecology.

805 W Sioux Ave
Pierre,
SD
US

The city of Sturgis is best known for its annual motorcycle rally, but it actually celebrates hogs year-round, too, at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Housed in a former post office, the museum exhibits bikes dating all the way back to 1905. Comprised of antique and modern motorcycles alike, the collection includes everything from classic Harley-Davidsons to a 1926 Levis, the only bike made entirely out of denim jeans. Along with honoring motorcycles, the museum pays homage to individuals who have positively influenced the motorcycle community with its ever-expanding Hall of Fame.

999 Main St.
Sturgis,
SD
US