Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, De Smet

The Ingalls Homestead is just that, the land Charles Ingalls homesteaded through the Homestead Act in 1880 with his family. Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on this land from age 13-18. You can experience pioneering history through covered wagon rides, a one-room school session, hands-on activities and camping on-site.
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  • My grandparents live in De Smet, South Dakota. Every year I would go to the homestead and I loved it every time. Everyone is always so friendly there and by now it feels like home. It was one of the b...  more »
  • I grew up reading all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, so when we took a family trip to South Dakota, this place was #1 on my list, and it didn't disappoint! Great place for kids to experience what ...  more »
  • We camped overnight here with the kids and had a lovely time. Lots of kid activities. Wagon ride was fun, school house tour was fantastic. The buildings, dugout, horses and scenery are all amazing and will be appreciated by any fan of the books.
  • This is a nice place to visit and really lets you see some of the history behind the Little House books. There is a lot more to see at this location than I had anticipated with a lot of the stuff spread around in different areas of the town and countryside. To see everything here plan on at least 4 to 6 hours... maybe a little more. Well worth the visit. (We were there 5 hours and didn't have time to see quite everything.)

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