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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Interstate 90 Exit 131, Less Than 1/4 Mi Off of I-90 Exit 131, Interior, SD
+1 605-433-5552
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Interior
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, History Museums
Owner description: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a Cold War historic site, and a unit of the National Park Service, dedicated to telling the story of the... more » Owner description: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a Cold War historic site, and a unit of the National Park Service, dedicated to telling the story of the role that the U.S. Minuteman missile system played in deterring war and preserving peace. This site was established as a result of the initial Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed by President George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, that reduced the U.S. Minuteman force and deactivated the missile field here in South Dakota. « less
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We stopped by the headquarters at exit 131 shortly after noon. We were able to get tickets to go to D-1 Quinn Cottonwood site just off exit 127 at 2:00. We had Jim as a guide, a retired Minuteman who had worked at this facility. He made the place come alive with his stories and history. Do take this tour... More

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Free but tickets are first come first serve so get there early. A nice little tour to give you a feel for what the Cold War was like. My teenage son was captivated, but he is into military stuff.

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Wauseon, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The tour that you need tickets for is meant for people 40 inches or taller. Also you have to be able to climb a ladder in an emergency. So not meant for young kids. The tickets go early so we missed the opportunity to go but with a baby it really wasn't an option anyway. There is a informative 10... More

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Jackson
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a historical site is a work in progress as they are work to complete this site. It is amazing to see what the Minuteman Missiles were about and where they were located, which is a very remote area. There is a movie explaining the history. You can drive to another area and actually see the concrete bunker which... More

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We really enjoyed the visit to the command post and its underground facility. Make sure you get there early because only 6 people are allowed to visit every 30 minutes. Tickets are free - which is wonderful - but only given on the day of the visit and on a first-come, first-served basis. We arrived at 7AM. The ticket office... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great visit with fantastic knowledgeable guide ex serviceman with buckets of stories....great place ...usa prepared...ver prepared to turn those keys

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Culpeper, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I'm always looking for the unique and special items in an area that I am visiting and this is one of them. You have to get there early to get a ticket to go and visit the actual launch site, but it is so worth it. We got there about one hour early and we were the first. Ate a... More

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Usa
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30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A good chance to get some direct experience of the cold war. The missile, the control center and the visitor center are not in the same place. Basically you need to go to the visitor center earlier to get tickets, then drive to the control center before scheduled tour starts. Regarding to the missile, it is also along the I-90... More

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Laytonsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is actually in two(2) separate locations, the missile silo and the launch center. They are about 15 minutes away from each other, but allow extra time as the eastbound exit to the launch center was closed (August 2014) due to road construction. A ticket (free) is needed to see the launch center and they are limited. The ranger guided... More

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Growing up in the 60;s this was a special place to visit. I think everyone should see it especially those that aren't from that era. I remember trying to convince my dad to put in a fall out shelter to no avail. It was a scary time with the Cold War. The tour is in 2 phases: outside tour (in... More

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