Blog - Simply South Dakota

  • The Great 8 of Southeast South Dakota

    August 14th, 2017

    The Great 8 of Southeast South Dakota 1- Lewis & Clark Lake and Missouri National Recreational River - Yankton / 2- The World’s Only Corn Palace - Mitchell / 3- Falls Park - Sioux Falls / 4- Palisades State Park - Garretson / 5- Historic Prairie Village - Madison / 6- Good Earth State Park at Blood Run - near Sioux Falls / 7- Wine & Brew Trail of Eastern South Dakota / 8- Spirit Mound Historic Prairie - Vermillion --- Find out here what's so great about these 8... Read More
  • A Weekend on the Prairie

    June 1st, 2017

    A Weekend on the Prairie Ever wish you could experience what it may have been like living and sleeping in a covered wagon - or how people lived that came west and homesteaded on the prairie? You can get a taste of this life in DeSmet. Whether you camp all night on the prairie or just visit for the day, it’s a perfect getaway destination that’s educational and lots of fun! Read More
  • Tips For Fishing With Kids: Make a Lifetime of Memories

    April 20th, 2017

    Tips For Fishing With Kids: Make a Lifetime of Memories I learned how to fish by the time I could walk and I taught my kids to fish when they were very small. Introducing kids to fishing at an early age can be a fun family activity. We “fished” in the backyard by learning how to cast a rubber plug into a hula-hoop on the ground. They would play for hours dangling their feet off the back step, pretending to catch the Big One. The kids loved planning our upcoming fishing trip for weeks ahead of time. Here's a few tips to make it a big success... Read More
  • 8 Spooktacular Halloween Events

    October 6th, 2016

    8 Spooktacular Halloween Events Halloween is just around the corner! These frightfully fun events throughout Southeast South Dakota will get you in the mood! From haunted mazes and tours to hikes and hands-on activities, you'll find both scary and non-scary events to suit your family's tastes. Costumes are optional, but usually encouraged at most events (because it's just more fun when you dress up!) Read More
  • Have Some Fun in the Country

    August 9th, 2016

    Have Some Fun in the Country Rural communities in Southeast South Dakota know how to have fun, so head to the country and take in some of these great events and attractions. There’s still plenty of summer and fall events coming up. Here’s a few you’ll want to check out: Read More
  • Celebrating Harvest Along the Trail

    August 26th, 2015

    Celebrating Harvest Along the Trail With the arrival of Fall on the Southeast South Dakota Wine Trail comes the joy of Harvest! Take a glimpse at our region's wineries and the fun to be had at their unique festivals. No two wineries are alike so follow the whole trail and discover Southeast wines. You may be surprised by the variety and vibrancy of character each wine brings to the table. Request a free Winery Trail brochure. Read More
  • Harvest Time: the Old-Fashioned Way

    August 20th, 2015

    Harvest Time: the Old-Fashioned Way Take a trip back to the days of threshing bees, steam power and horse power (the four legged kind). Several communities pay tribute to this way of life every year at these festivals. Come experience the good old days and have some old-fashioned fun. Read More
  • 4th of July Events: Tried & True or Something New

    June 30th, 2015

    4th of July Events: Tried & True or Something New Many of us do the same things year after year on the 4th of July and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you want to try something new this year, here’s a few unique events around the region you may not have heard about - plus some familiar tried & true ones. Read More
  • Schmeckfest: It’s all about German Heritage

    March 12th, 2015

    Schmeckfest: It’s all about German Heritage Schmeckfest has become an annual tradition for our family. There is so much to see - and taste. The whole festival revolves around an authentic German meal that is served family style at table after table covered in red-checked tablecloths...Over the years many things have been added to the festival, including ethnic handicrafts and culinary arts demonstrations. Read More
  • 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    January 15th, 2015

    10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues The best way to beat the blues this winter is to get out and find some fun activities. If you can’t enjoy the winter outdoor experience, there is always some indoor options available as well. Here you will find a little bit of both to choose from. Winter will pass faster and much more enjoyably if you plan a winter season adventure. Read More
  • Fall Is For Festivals

    September 4th, 2014

    Fall Is For Festivals Since the cooler temperatures are inevitable in Southeast South Dakota, we find ways to turn the season into a celebration. There are alot of festivals that do just that, most of them revolving around harvest since that is the main event in rural communities this time of year. Most weekends throughout September and October are jam packed with fun fall events. Read More
  • South Dakota Birding Festival

    April 1st, 2014

    South Dakota Birding Festival One of the highlights of last year’s festival was the Bird Banding Workshops. Not being an early riser by nature, it was tough rolling out of bed in time to get to the Lake Andes Wildlife Refuge by 6:30 am, but it was so worth it. ... The birds that have been caught are carefully removed from the net, then measured, weighed and banded. ... It is just thrilling to see these amazing little creatures so close up. Read More
  • Good Earth State Park: Natural Beauty and History Preserved For Future Generations

    September 26th, 2013

    Good Earth State Park: Natural Beauty and History Preserved For Future Generations I recently spent an afternoon exploring South Dakota’s first new State Park in 40 years, Good Earth at Blood Run. There was little to identify it as a state park beyond the signs leading us to the park which is located just a few miles southeast of Sioux Falls. Right now it is completely undeveloped aside from some rustic trails, a few picnic tables and vault toilets, but to me this is the charm of it. Read More
  • A Visit to Southeast South Dakota is Simply Delicious

    June 20th, 2013

    A Visit to Southeast South Dakota is Simply Delicious The best way to explore Southeast South Dakota may be discovering some of the unique foods found here, especially the ethnic foods found in many of our communities. Several towns have annual festivals that celebrate foods made from recipes their ancestors passed down from generation to generation. Here’s a few that I highly recommend. Read More