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USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

Address: Sherman Park, 12 St and Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
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Ranked #13 of 25 Attractions in Sioux Falls
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Honoring the most decorated battleship of World War II, this memorial is a full-size outline of the...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Honoring the most decorated battleship of World War II, this memorial is a full-size outline of the ship with artifacts from the ship positioned in it.

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Watertown, South Dakota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

While I have an appreciation for any Veterans Memorial, this would not be my choice to bring someone to show. While I understand that the things arranged on the ground are supposed to give you an appreciation of the size of the ship, it just doesn't do anything for me.

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Bremerton, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Having driven through South Dakota several times on cross -country trips, I have yet to be here when the museum is open due to either the time of year or time of day that it is open. (They are open May 1 - September 30). That being said, it is a very interesting walk. On the park grounds, an outline... More 

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East Grand Forks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a must see for history/military buffs. Very cool setup and a ton of great pictures to see. Worth the visit.

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Saco, Maine
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Nice idea, but not much there. Does give some idea of the size of the battleship, or least its footprint. We just happened to drive by it and didn't stop to see much up close.

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Dryden, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

lots of historical plaques to read out side on the 'deck' of the ship (the lawn ringed by cement to the correct size of the original ship with guns, rails etc(from the ship) placed around at different points. Then there is the bridge of the ship the museum its self, packed full of scale models, uniforms, artifacts, and documentaries of... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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161 reviews 161 reviews
57 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were a little disappointed to find the memorial is parts of the ship not the full ship. But after watching the 30 minute video and speaking with the volunteer we are glad we visited. I wouldn't go out of my way to go but if you're traveling thru the area and you appreciate our servicemen and women, please stop... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

After all my planning of South Dakota I didn't see this attraction in anything until we were already on our way and I found it in a AAA book. I'm glad we did! My dad is a Navy Veteran and he highly enjoyed it. My mom and I enjoyed it also but not as well as I know he did.... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The layout of the park is really interesting & the gentleman who was volunteering was so nice. He spent a lot of time with us as we were his only visitors that Sunday morning. Thanks for the tour.

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Tonawanda, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My kids and I traveled from Buffalo, NY to here before going to Mount Rushmore. We really enjoyed this site. The only drawback would be to have more than one person in the museum. While the woman was discussing different history with another tourist there was no one to help us. But this was great and my kids love ships!

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Versailles, France
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Nice arrangement of artifacts. No cost and well worth the visit. The layout of the "park" is to scale of the actual battleship. Inside you will find numerous photos and items from the battleship itself, including a New Testament Bible that was in the shirt pocket of a sailor that was killed on board and bears the scars from this... More 

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