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Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie

Address: 20812 Homestead Rd, De Smet, SD 57231
Phone Number: +1 800-776-3594
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in De Smet
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Anytown, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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105 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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26 helpful votes 26 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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5 helpful votes 5 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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Athens, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My husband and I planned our South Dakota vacation so that the first place we visited was the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet. We are so glad we did. We found a lovely, peaceful spot that gave us a good introduction to 1800's prairie life. The family who purchased the property a few years back lives on the land and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My kids were just the perfect age for this place. I read all the Little House books with my daughter, and this was the icing on the cake. We stayed in a covered wagon. This was a dream-come-true after having read all the Little House books as a child. It was a beautiful prairie setting, just as Laura described it.... More 

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Cheyenne, WY
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I watched the tv show as a child many years ago and was not a big fan but I was curious to see what the Homestead offered. I was pleasantly surprised that it was so interesting and that there was so much to see and do there. After touring the home, school and other buildings, we took the horse drawn... More 

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Yarmouth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Our stop in DeSmet was one of the highlights of our cross country adventure this summer. We camped on the edge of the prairie in our pop up trailer after finding the RV sites and covered wagons to be full. Our kids spent the day talking about Laura and Mary, throwing horseshoes, playing with kittens and romping after gophers. We... More 

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