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.

By The editors of
March 25, 2013

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 in the Dis. (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;

Plein Air Paint Out The August event brings artists and fiddlers to Laura Ingalls sites.

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;

Ingalls Homestead.
Ingalls Homestead

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;

Heritage House Bed and Breakfast The renovated 1888 bank offers spacious suites.

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