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). Things to do in De Smet include visiting the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes, the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant and the Ingalls Homestead.
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. (800) 880-3383;

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Some 5,000 visitors come to De Smet’s annual play in July to see Laura Ingalls Wilder stories brought to life. (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. (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. (866) 335-3271;

Where to eat

Ward’s Store and Bakery Small-town fare at this quirky spot is a deal at $5 for lunch specials. (605) 854-3688

Where to stay

Prairie House Manor Bed and Breakfast Pancake men dressed in whipped cream and chocolate chips illustrate how family-friendly the inn is. (800) 297-2416;

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


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