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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  • WOW is an understatement when telling about our experience at Laura‚Äôs homestead. My daughter, two young grandsons and I (65 yr old lady) arrived at the homestead early afternoon from S.C. To my grands...  more »
  • I was so impressed with this place! The email communication was prompt and kind, the amenities were impressively clean, the exhibits fascinating and well-presented, and the staff friendly and thoughtf...  more »
  • I stopped and visited the trees pa planted. It was enjoyable to stand where the ingalls family stood and take in the landscape and look at the trees pa planted. This portion is free and open to the pu...  more »
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  • Awesome place. Kids had a blast. Lots of activities for them to do. The horses were fun. The family found the thatched roof house full of cats, that was a big highlight. Camping was very nice too (one of four RV sites). Bathhouse was great, staff was fantastic. Wish we could have stayed longer than one night.
  • Visiting the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead was a lifetime dream of mine!! It was all I had hoped it to be an even more! The staff for unbelievably friendly, and the grounds we're so beautiful and immaculate! It was more than I had ever hoped it to be! I enjoyed all it had to offer immensely, however, the thing that I found the most touching were the 130 year old cottonwood trees planted by Pa so very long ago! My husband walked around one of the base and one of the trees and it was at least 15 feet in circumference! We were so impressed with the homestead and staff that we are playing a camping trip there this coming September! If you ever have the opportunity to stop by this beautiful treasure do yourself a favor and check it out! You will not be disappointed!
  • Very fun! This was an unexpected visit as I was here on business and didn't know this was here. A blast from my childhood. Wish I would have had more time to spend. Would have been even better if my Wife and Daughter had been with me.
  • I have always wanted to visit the Ingalls Homestead. It was great to see how Laura and her sisters lived and worked while growing in South Dakota. My grandson also loved it. The staff encouraged young and old to take part in the hands on work.
  • It was an Amazing experience. Very friendly. A place that brought back memories from my childhood, and hoping that my 9 year old Granddaughter will remember this for years to come. She had a blast! Thank you.

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