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Ingalls Homestead, De Smet

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#4 of 18 in Historic Sites in South Dakota
The Ingalls Homestead is just that, the land Charles Ingalls homesteaded through the Homestead Act in 1880 with his family. Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on this land from age 13-18. You can experience pioneering history through covered wagon rides, a one-room school session, hands-on activities and camping on-site.
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  • Relived the o so popular series "Little house on the prairie" What a nice set up with the soddie, the barns, ma's house, the school house and old wagons to spend the nite in . Wonderful gift store wit...  more »
  • I visited the Homestead after Labor Day meaning most of the activities were done for the year. I was also traveling solo. I would not recommend going after the activities close down IF you have childr...  more »
  • Beautiful location and very friendly service. The fall colors were so nice. I really loved it here. We had a lot of fun seeing the homestead, I especially liked seeing the dug out and the cottonwood t...  more »
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  • I have to admit that I got goosebumps when we turned into the parking area of the homestead. My mother read the books to me, and I've read them to my children. It felt kind of like coming home. Nostalgia aside, the park really was neat. We had to stop and play with the kittens, of course. The hands on activities were a lot of fun, and the whole family enjoyed the play that evening. We were not expecting the multitude of mosquitoes that came out once the sun was low. If we go back, we'll know to pack plenty of bug spray, maybe a flamethrower. Other than the mosquitoes, we really enjoyed our visit.
  • This deserves all its high ratings. The area is beautiful. The entrance price is high, but it really was a ton of fun. The exhibits-- like the sod house, shanty, and Ma's house--pony rides, covered wagons, pioneer activities, along with the bonus baby animals ( a whole barn full of kittens!) illustrated pioneer life very vividly--all while tying it into Little House on the Prairie. We also planned on only a short visit and stayed until it closed.
  • We stopped here for my Ingalls-fan daughters. I did not have high hopes, but was surprisingly corrected. We stayed at one of the 4 RV sites (~$30). Toilets were clean and convenient, showers were primitive, but had good pressure. Wish we pulled up when the sun was still up to take advantage of the beautiful grounds after hours. Be prepared to listen to cows mooing in the distance thru the night.
  • Best family vacation stop in SD! We camped for the night on the homestead and can attest to the excellent washroom accommodations! Much improved from the dugout and shanty days! Laura would be proud to see how they have kept her family's spirit alive.
  • Great place, great time. The wife and kids loved it. Would recommend it to everyone.

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