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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our family - two adults and three kids age 14, 11 and 8 - all found the guided tour interesting. The ranger was very knowledgable and shared a lot of cool facts.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our guide, Jim had served when this facility was active....he was good on script and GREAT when he relayed personal experiences....seeing how non-descript the building is and how close it is too the interstate is intersting....the power possessed by these little rooms is beyond what one can really grasp....great to see this example of American Might up close and thank... More

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Stopping at exit 131 from I-90 on our way to the Badlands provided us the opportunity to visit this really cool site. In the visitor center, you can request tickets for the guided tour. Unfortunately, they are timed tickets which didn't work for our schedule. Instead, we stayed and watched the ten minute movie and looked around the center, which... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
21 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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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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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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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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