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Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie

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Address: 20812 Homestead Rd, De Smet, SD 57231
Phone Number: +1 800-776-3594
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A Wonderful Stop Off the Main Highway

Our family took a trip out to the Black Hills over the summer. On the way home from the National Park we had the opportunity to stop at the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet South... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Our family took a trip out to the Black Hills over the summer. On the way home from the National Park we had the opportunity to stop at the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet South Dakota. if you're planning a trip to the area, I highly recommend getting off the main highway and checking out this historical opportunity. The cost,... More 

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Arentsminde, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We went in 2010 and enjoyed it very much. We especially liked the horsewagonride and the school session.

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I did not grow up with the Ingalls family - the TV show's syndicated reruns meant I was in the dark time between "Bewitched" and "The Price Is Right", and I was such uncultured swine that I didn't even know there was a book series, non-fiction at that. It took my 8-year-old's interest in the books to make me aware,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My daughter (age 10) had read most of the Little House books prior to our visit over the summer. It was a completely awesome experience for her. She was enthralled. We went there with a large group of adults and kids (ages 4 and up) and everyone had a great time. I was so impressed with all the knowledge the... More 

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Anytown, USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I can't review the little museum that is there because everything was closed on the Sunday we drove through, but just standing on the site was a huge treat. As many others have mentioned, Pa's cottonwoods are a must-see. We were alone on an Autumn day, and we stood underneath the trees and just listened to the wind for a... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

As a Little House reader it was very emotional for me to be with Laura. I didn't even realize how moved I would be to be here. They've done a wonderful job capturing the flavor of the Ingalls homestead. It is great to see the original 5 trees that Pa planted and the buffalo wallow just beyond the fence. Walking... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It has been a while but I did enjoy my visit. I read "The Long Winter" so this was a must see for me. Not to be missed are the 5 cottonwood trees believed to have been planted by Pa. Stand under these, you may be sure Laura did as well.

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Austin, TX
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The thing that stuck us the most was the friendliness of the staff. Everyone and the felines(LOL) were extremely friendly. With such a staff the children couldn't help but learn something during the demonstrations and wagon ride to the school. The staff were well-versed in the history of the site and pioneer life. Ask questions and listen. We had a... More 

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Oxford, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Since my 8 year old daughter has read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books multiple times we decided this had to be a part of our multi state road trip. We spent two days and two nights here - the first in a covered wagon and the second in our tent. Everything here is done right. The staff were all... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The buildings and prairies brought the books to life, but all the baby animals and the hand-on activities were the best. Highlights were meeting a 5-day old foal and watching my son drive a team of horses as we rode in a covered wagon across the prairie. The staff was amazing - they even cheerfully accommodated our wheelchair bound daughter... More 

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