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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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Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We grew up during the cold war and were very excited to show our kids what it was like. We actually made it to the visitors center and got tickets to see the control room. We almost did not make it in time , if you reference my Canyon Lodge Restaurant review you will see why. We reviewed the items... More

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Crystal Beach, FL
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

You must plan for this historic site. If you don't know about National Parks or Historic Sites you would never know this place existed. There are few, if any signs on the highway and it is a 3 part site. We did not visit the silo, which is a self guided tour. We did visit the main ranger station and... More

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Orange Park, Florida
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102 reviews 102 reviews
49 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Planning in advance is a must for this site. The site is divided into three parts, heading East on I-90 from Rapid City: *Exit 116 - Missile Silo. Totally desolate, if you didn't know what you were looking for you would have no idea what was going on. Instructions are easy to take a quick cell phone tour of the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have always held an interest in military and cold-war history, so was quite excited to see that this historic site existed. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in the cold war. The attraction is in three parts. Firstly, a very small, simple, visitor centre, located south of I-90 exit 131 sharing a parking lot with a... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visit this! You don't need to be a military buff to appreciate "getting real" with the possibility of a nuclear confrontation. If anything, standing in the command capsule and thinking about what would happen after launching - a grim scenario if ever there was one - is as powerful an argument as one could make about why it must never... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

When you're on I-90 heading east, don't get off at exit 110 (Wall) to take the Badlands Loop Road. Instead, drive to exit 116 and go south a short distance on the unpaved road to the Delta-09 missile silo. After you've looked down at the missile visible in the silo in the cow pasture, backtrack to exit 110 and take... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a nondescript site which as others noted has 3 separate units, reminiscent of the missile silos themselves. The visitors center, located on the main I-90 exit (131) to the Badlands, shares a parking lot with a Conoco gas station and is essentially a trailer. Once inside, there is a bevy of information. The 10 min film while not... More

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Richland Center, Wisconsin
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13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Had fun looking down at the nuke. Lot of history here kids loved it. Lots of good info and a reminder of the cold war

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Took out kids here and they loved it. The site clearly states plan your visit in advance. We stayed in the Badlands National Park and my husband went to the visitor center as soon as they opened. We were on the tour with a family from Germany.

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Gladstone, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We arrived at the visitor's center at 9:30 and felt fortunate that we got the last 3 tickets for the 3 pm tour. They let our 14 year-old count as a "child". As a result there were 7 of us on the guided tour. If you've done your research about what to do in the area, then you know you... More

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