Pierre, SD Area Attractions.
The following information is
courtesy of the
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce
THE STATE CAPITOL
Completed in 1910, the Capitol is stunning with its dramatic murals,
stained glass, elaborate tilework and collections of sculpture and
art. The Capitol is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Governors Drive, Pierre.
CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER
The extensive collections of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage
Center preserve the historical and cultural legacy of the state’s
early Sioux inhabitants and the first waves of European settlers.
Open year-round, the museum features permanent, rotating and
traveling exhibits. Admission is charged; kids under 18 are admitted
free. 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501. (605) 773-3458.
LEWIS AND CLARK
Feel the difference between elk and buffalo hides. Learn to identify
the tracks of native animals. See a dug-out canoe of the kind used
on Lewis and Clark’s historic expedition. The interactive displays
of the Lewis and Clark Family Center, located on Farm Island, offer
hands-on lessons in U.S. history. Farm Island Recreation Area, 1301
Farm Island Road, Pierre, SD 57501. (605) 773-2885. E-mail:
NATIONAL GUARD MUSEUM
Established in 1862 as a frontier militia, the South Dakota National
Guard is tightly woven into the state’s history. The South Dakota
National Guard Museum in Pierre is the state’s repository for
relics, memorabilia and historical documents relating to the Guard’s
activities from the late 1800s through recent peacekeeping missions.
301 East Dakota, Pierre, SD 57501. (605) 224-9991.
DISCOVERY CENTER AND AQUARIUM
Fun, interactive learning is the focus of the South Dakota Discovery
Center and Aquarium. More than 60 hands-on exhibits illustrate
principles of electricity, magnetism, life sciences,
telecommunications and physics. The center’s aquarium features fish
species native to the Missouri River. 805 W. Sioux Avenue, Pierre,
SD 57501. (605) 224-8295.
OAHE DAM VISITOR
Offering great views of South Dakota’s largest lake, the Oahe Dam
Visitor Center presents a complete history of Lake Oahe and its
surroundings. Exhibits describe the exploration, settlement, and
natural history of Lake Oahe and the Missouri River, as well as the
construction of the Oahe Dam and power plant. Open Memorial Day to
Labor Day. Seven miles north of Pierre on South Dakota Highway 1804.
Adjacent to the Visitor Center is the Oahe Chapel. Built in 1877,
the chapel was both church and schoolhouse for the Oahe Mission and
the Sioux Indians it served. Open by requesting the key from the
Visitor Center, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9:30am - 5:30pm. All
other times by appointment only. Call (605) 773-3458.
In the mid-1800's, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the largest trading post
on the upper Missouri River, a thriving community of traders,
trappers, and Native Americans. Following that it was used briefly
as a military fort. Today, not much remains of the fort's wooden
bastions and buildings; but the site has been named a National
Named for the first Europeans to visit South Dakota, the Verendrye
Museum is located on Deadwood Street in Fort Pierre. The museum
houses pioneer relics and a reproduction of the lead tablet brothers
Chevalier and Louis la Verendrye buried in a bluff above the
Missouri River, thereby claiming for France the territory that
eventually became the Louisiana Purchase. Open Memorial Day to Labor
Day. (605) 223-7761.
"Two great facilities under one roof!"
- Water Slide
- Diving Board
- Water Spray Toys
- 8 Lane / 25 Yard Swimming Pool
- Lockers & Showers
Open to the public
- Visitors Welcome!
900 E. Church Street, Pierre SD 57501
Casey Tibbs South Dakota
Rodeo Center & Mattie Goff-Newcombe Conference Center
The Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center is a historical museum
devoted to the sport of South Dakota rodeo; the history of its
stars. Although the Center will collect and display the rodeo
memorabilia of superstars like Casey Tibbs and Mattie Goff-Newcombe,
its broader reach extends into the rich culture which has made rodeo
such an important part of the history of South Dakota.
210 Verendrye Drive, Fort Pierre, SD (605)494-1094
Cell Phone: 605-220-2844