We visited the Laura Ingalls site on a blustery October day. I suggest calling ahead for tour times in the "off-season", but even then the information might not be correct. I called a day ahead and was told the last tour of the day was 2:00, so we dutifully showed up at 2:00. However, as our tour ended, we saw another tour was beginning, so things might be a bit scattered during the "winter" season.
Our tour guide was more suited for a group of third graders than adults. She also assumed a very high level of knowledge (and interest) in all things Ingalls. Throughout the 2-hour tour, she kept quizzing the group on minute details from the books and became rather annoyed if answers were not quickly forthcoming.
The tour took you to the surveyors house, 2 school houses and a house built by Charles Ingalls. These are places from The Little Town on the Prairie book. The Ingalls house is at the end of the tour and you will follow the guide in your own vehicle to this house across town (which is only a minute or two drive).
If you are on your way to the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore, it might be nice to break up the long drive with a visit to De Smet, however I would not make a special trip to come here--unless you are an Ingalls enthusiast.
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