De Smet Trip Guide | Midwest Living

De Smet Trip Guide

Walk in the footsteps of "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet (population: 1,200; 56 miles southwest of Watertown).
Ingalls Homestead.
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What to do

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes A tour gives an in-depth look at the Ingalls family and settlers’ lives on the prairie. Kids can try on costumes and work a manual sewing machine. See reviews and ratings. (800) 880-3383;

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Close to 10,000 visitors come to De Smet’s annual play in July to see Laura Ingalls Wilder stories brought to life. See reviews and ratings. (800) 880-3383;

Ingalls Homestead Roam more than a dozen historic buildings on the prairie and try hands-on activities along the way. Visitors can camp or stay in covered wagons with bunks. See reviews and ratings. (800) 776-3594;

Loftus Store The nicest place to shop during Laura’s years, it still has a great assortment, including Little House books and toys. See reviews and ratings. (866) 335-3271;

Where to eat

Ward’s Store and Bakery Ward’s eclectic store offers affordable meals and signature sweet lemonade with friendly service. (605) 854-3688

Where to stay

Prairie House Manor Bed and Breakfast Try the Little House-inspired pancake men for breakfast in the family-friendly B&B’s sunny dining area. From $89. See reviews and ratings. (800) 297-2416;

For information: De Smet Tourism (866) 528-7273;


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