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Address: 20812 Homestead Rd, De Smet, SD 57231-5841
Phone Number: +1 800-776-3594
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Delightful!

I visited this homestead as a child, when there was nothing there. It was such a delight to bring my own children to see the homestead made over into a replica of Laura's real... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Gallatin, Tennessee
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Gallatin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this homestead as a child, when there was nothing there. It was such a delight to bring my own children to see the homestead made over into a replica of Laura's real homestead. We enjoyed making corn cob dolls, and the kids really enjoyed the school house lesson. Can't wait to visit again!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

My Mom grew up watching Little House on the Prairie so we drove a little off the beaten path to get here to visit the Homestead. It was interesting and it was a chilly, cloudy day, but there were other people visiting as well. The staff was nice and knowledgeable about the area and the Ingalls. It's more for kids... More 

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Rittman, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

It was a life-long dream of mine to visit all of the places that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and wrote about in her books. So, to be able to visit the Ingalls homestead was absolutely a dream come true. I could actually imagine the cow on her picket-line and the Big Slough as I stood there gazing out onto the... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

If you are into Little House this is a must see! I would recommend a summer visit as the entire site is not functioning in the late fall.

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Lockesburg, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Wow!!! Just Wow!. We enjoyed every minute. All the real things we were able to see and do that we had seen the Hollywood version of on TV. Much of what we knew was real...much was different. Seeing the real house, and the real school and hearing the story made me want to read all the books again.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This wasn't on my itinerary, but I saw the sign on the interstate on my way to Rapid City, and since I loved the original books and was in the mood for an unplanned adventure, I took the 50-mile detour. It was worth it; I enjoyed the scenery and the experience of being on the actual land where Laura Ingalls... More 

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Argyle, Mn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I was told by the gal working at the uptown museum that the Ingalls Homestead wasn't something someone "my age" would enjoy...it was more for kids! How wrong she was! We went over there that evening AND again the next day. It was soooo much fun. I even rented a covered wagon to bring my granddaughters back next summer!!! Was... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Having grown up reading the Little House on the Prairie Books and watching the TV show it was a treat to be able to visit the Ingalls Homestead here in little DeSmet, South Dakota. The covered wagon ride to the old school house was fun and the visits to the buildings in town were great - we even drove to... More 

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

If you are a fan of the Little House books as I have been since I was nine, then you need to see this place. Even my husband enjoyed this and found the farming aspect of it interesting but he was born and raised on a dairy farm.

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South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

My family has visited here every summer since we have known about it! I remember visiting DeSmet when I was a child and loving the town tours and pageant, but the whole experience has been completely upgraded since then! The homesite is incredible....my kids wanted to spend an entire weekend there alone! So much to see and do. And definitely... More 

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