Exploring Aberdeen, South Dakota – #IGTravelThursday

After our fun learning about Laura Ingalls Wilder in DeSmet, the girls and I headed north- to Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Wylie Park Campground, Aberdeen, SD

Playgrounds dot the parkland around Wylie Park Campground in Aberdeen, South Dakota

We couldn’t have asked for a better place to camp than Wylie Park Campground.  Play structures dot the park.  This one was just outside our camper – which meant I could watch the girls as they played from air conditioned comfort.

Just beyond the trees was the entrance to Storybook Land.

Storybook Land, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Excited to visit Storybook Land!

A free park filled with storybook characters like Jack & Jill, Jack & the Beanstalk, and an entire Yellow Brick Road leading you through the Land of Oz.  

Jack & Jill at Storybook Land, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Sliding down Jack & Jill’s Hill

Sliding, climbing, swinging…  There are even 3 amusement park rides (these carry a fee)- a carousel, a train and the Yellow Brick Road ends at the Wizard’s Balloon Ride.

Yellow Brick Road, Land Of Oz, Storybook Land, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

But we didn’t only play in Aberdeen…  The girls learned about other cultures here in the United States.

First at the Grassland Hutterite Colony, a completely communal colony.  The girls helped pick rows of carrots and potatoes, then we saw their industries:  custom cabinetry, custom granite, turkey and hog farming.

Hutterite Colony, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Picking carrots

It was an education for my city girls.  We also learned about Native American culture at the Native American Cultural Center and learned about Aberdeen history at the Dakotah Prairie Museum.

We also go to explore the Aberdeen Community Theater – where we found a treasure trove of costumes!

Aberdeen Community Theater

Shelves and boxes of hats!

And we got up close and personal with Sampson at Ben Victor’s Studio on the NSU campus.

Sampson by Ben Victor

Isn’t this just stunning?

With all the amazing things we saw you might be surprised at what my girls remember most fondly…

The Twist Cone, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Treats at the Twist Cone

Strawberry Butter – with eyes!- at the Twist Cone.

Strawberry Butter with Eyes at the Twist Cone, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Strawberry Butter with Eyes!

We had to go twice…

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Family Rambling wants to thank Visit Aberdeen for showing us all the amazing things in Aberdeen, South Dakota!

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About Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted has been traveling with her children since 2004, proving to everyone who told us it couldn't be done that it can. My goal is to show parents that travel with children is not only possible but it is fun! Travel with kids doesn't have to mean Disney.



  1. Family Rambling: tips and destinations from a trav says:

    Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

  2. KatjaPresnal says:

    I love how much kids can learn during travels! I hope you will join us for the Twitter party today too. And here is a correct link to all of today’s posts :

  3. alisonchino says:

    skimbaco That’s hilarious! I’ll have to check it out!

    • iatraveler says:

      alisonchino skimbaco I noticed that thre were 2 Aberdeens- right in a row- for #igtravelth. Serendipity, I guess. :)

  4. houseofanais says:

    Looks like you had a great time, especially the kids of course! Thank you for sharing with us on #IGTravelThursday

  5. You really have found some amazing destinations for families! And I also noticed the two Aberdeen posts side by side, funny!!! :)

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