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“Fantastic! Worth a stop!”

Porter Sculpture Park
Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

I had read about this place on Time Magazine's Top 50 Roadside Attractions list and wanted to stop. My husband was more dubious. We arrived at 7:15 pm (the sign says it closes at 8) and were warmly greeted by the artist, Wayne. And his dog, Bambino. When we asked about paying, he said "You make your own change, I don't handle the money."

The setting sun provided gorgeous lighting for spectacular photographs of his talented work. There is a large variety of themes, but most are whimsical. We especially enjoyed the handmade signs with peculiar poetry on some if the pieces.

We had a great time walking around under the big blue South Dakota sky and talking with Wayne. He was so warm-hearted, passionate about his work, and generous! He had a lady who asked to camp out in her RV overnight. He offered for us to stay, but we are traveling in a Prius!

We were only there about 45 mins. There is a clean port-a-let, but no indoor facilities. Don't forget to sign the guest book!

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

OMG this place is cool. The sculptor in there and is a very nice, friendly guy, but the sculptures and the setting they are in are remarkable. From adorable to colossal, they will entertain, impress, and put a smile on your face. Cows ambling among them are a bit creepy if they get too close (they didn't seem to like my tripod), but the setting is incredible, and you will absolutely not regret the stop. If you are heading west, it would be a crime to skip this exhibit. You are on vacation ... take some time to enjoy the unusual and noteworthy, take pics - your friends will be jealous.

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Found some info on the sculpture park under a website listing "strange & wierd" places to visit in SD. Wow! Are we ever glad we stopped----Wayne's art is whimsical, fanciful and so clever. Clearly he has a creative mind and ability to express his thoughts and we thoroughly enjoyed our stop. As a side note--my husband lost his hearing aid control in the "field" and when we contacted Wayne a few days later, it had been found and he was thrilled we'd called. We made a brief stop on our return home and collected the lost item and Wayne was so happy and gracious that he had found the item! Well worth the stop by this great treasure!

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Reviewed July 21, 2012

It's difficult to get my kids to visit an art museum, but since they needed to stretch their legs on a long car trip, they were willing to take a walk through a field in South Dakota and see some unusual sculptures. They were pleasantly surprised by the quirky sculptures. We all enjoyed the fascinating diversion!

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Reviewed June 25, 2012

I saw this featured on some media recently, so we stopped by driving home from the Black Hills.

Even if we hadn't needed to stretch our legs, this would have been a very cool stop. This is definitely not highbrow art. The pieces were quirky, ingenuous and whimsical, and overall very appealing. The hand-lettered signs near the pieces add to the charm. Wayne is quite engaging, as is his new puppy. He (Wayne, not the puppy) forgot to take our money ($6/adult, $3 ? kids), but I was happy to pay as we left. Besides the sculptures, the surrounding area is scenic prarie land. We stayed for close to an hour, and took lots of pictures to help with the memories.

You can see some of the pieces (especially the longhorn) from a distance, but directional signage from I-90 is poor/non-existent. Take exit 274 (Montrose, SD), go south about 1/2 mile and take a left on 451st Ave. (dirt/gravel road). Go maybe another mile to the park (the road winds a couple of times). Directions and pictures on the Web site at portersculpturepark.com.

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