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On vacation with kids to: South Dakota, USA.

South Dakota is a Midwestern state in the United States and named after the Lakota and Dakota (Sioux) American Indian tribes.

Located in the north-central United States, South Dakota is bisected by the Missouri river, dividing the state into two socially and economically distinct halves, known to residents as "east-river" and "west-river".The centrally-located city of Pierre serves as the state capital, and Sioux Falls, with 145,000 people, is the largest city in the state.
South Dakota has a continental climate with four very distinct seasons ranging from very cold winters and hot summers.
South Dakota is an outdoor paradise and can be a great destination for your vacation with the kids. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains and a major draw for the state tourism industry, the Badlands and the Lakes Region represents Western South Dakota. You can marvel at the carvings of Mount Rushmore in this region, featuring the 60-foot tall faces of presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt, and the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial. The Great Lakes Region’s primary feature is a river, the Missouri. The dams, including the largest Oahe Dam, provide water recreational activities.
Northeastern South Dakota is the Glacial Lakes and Prairies Region. Here you'll find an exciting mix of activities like fishing, canoeing, water skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding and plenty of camping opportunities. Fishing isn’t just for the summer months, here you can learn how to ice fish.
The Southeast South Dakota Region features flat lands and rolling hills. A major part of this region is Sioux Falls, known for friendly people and many attractions.
South Dakota offers plenty of opportunities for your next family vacation.

Popular cities and towns in South Dakota:

Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in South Dakota are: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings, Mitchell, Pierre, Yankton, Huron and Vermilion.


You'll find a variety of family friendly hotels, resorts, lodges, cabins, in South Dakota, mostly suited for a vacation with the kids. However finding the right resort, hotel, B&B or inn for your vacation with the kids can be a real challenge. You can take a look at the accommodations section to find out what to look for in a accommodation suited for your children.
No matter which part of South Dakota stands out to you as being the most suited for your family vacation, there are accommodations in that area that can make your trip more exciting than you ever imagined. Why not check out one of the campgrouds South Dakota has to offer, or choose a family sized vacation rental. Whether you are looking for a cosy cabin or a slope-side condo, there’s a South Dakota vacation rental that’s perfect for your family. All great news for your vacation in South Dakota with the kids.


South Dakota offers a number of amusement parks, zoos, outdoor activities, museums and other activities for children of all ages. Here we've listed some child-friendly activities and attractions.

Amusement and Theme Parks:
Flintstones Bedrock City
Gulches of Fun
Ranch Amusement Park

Waterparks and water fun:
Evans Plunge
Rushmore Water Slides
Wild Water West

Bear Country USA
Black Hills Reptile Gardens
Bramble Park Zoo
Great Plains Zoo

Other sites and tours to see:
Dam tours along the Missouri River
Self-Guided Historic Walking Tours of Sioux City
Devils Tower National Monument
Mount Rushmore National Monument
Rushmore Helicopters
Crazy Horse Memorial
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Corn Palace in Mitchell
Old Holland Grist Mill in Milbank
The Mellette House in Upper Watertown
Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs
St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux City
The Pettigrew Home and Museum
Black Hills Maze & Family Adventure


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More usefull websites:
South Dakota Official State Information Website
The official web site of the South Dakota Office of Tourism

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