The 10 Best Things to Do in Fort Pierre, United States

September 15, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Fort Pierre is a city in Stanley County, South Dakota, United States. It is part of the Pierre, South Dakota micropolitan area and the county seat of Stanley County. The population was 2,078 at the 2010 census. Fort Pierre is situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Bad rivers.
Restaurants in Fort Pierre

1. Cultural Heritage Center

900 Governors Dr, Pierre, SD 57501-2200 +1 605-773-3458
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Cultural Heritage Center

Not your typical museum structure, this one is built into the side of hill, and much of it is underground. A contemporary version of a traditional Native American dwelling, this beautiful building features Native American (mostly the Sioux tribes) and pioneer exhibits, with many rare artifacts tracing the history of South Dakota.

Reviewed By ralph099 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stunning architecture set into the side of a hill. The museum is worth at least an hour. Extensive sections on both the Native Americans and the pioneers. Lots of artifacts and the explanations of what you are looking at and why you should care are...MoreWow! Thank you very much for your excellent review. We do appreciate your feedback, and invite you to come back and visit with us anytime. Exhibits are changed regularly and we always have a new slate of public programs in the works.

2. Fort Pierre National Grassland

Fort Pierre, SD
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Fort Pierre National Grassland

Just a few miles outside of Pierre is a 116,000-acre block of public land made up of rolling hills and prairie and serving as home to antelope, mule deer, prairie dogs, prairie chickens and myriad waterfowl. Many small, scattered dams offer great fishing.

Reviewed By etweeden - London, United Kingdom

This is not Virgin prairie, but U.S. Reclaimed and dedicated to return to a natural state. A magnificent example of prairie preservation. A desolate one as well. And speaking of desolation, be sure to visit the marker for Fort Pierre Chouteau in northern Fort Pierre SD, just north of the Sioux Tribal Center. It is in the middle of an empty field. Quite a fate for the largest Trading Post on the Great Plains between 1820 and 1850! Enjoy!

3. State Capitol

500 E Capitol Ave, Pierre, SD 57501-5007 +1 605-773-3765
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State Capitol

This stunning Greek Revival building completed in 1910 was at first modernized and later, in 1989, restored to its original magnificence, making it the most fully restored capitol building in the U.S. Self-guided and free guided tours are available.

Reviewed By Go2theZoo - Layton, Utah

We were passing through Pierre and spent the night at the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, which we would highly recommend. Before journeying on to Rapid City, we decided to make a stop at the capitol building. It is a beautiful building. Our favorite thing was the rotunda, the first lady dolls and the very interesting gold and marble drinking fountain. The grounds are beautiful as well, with the fountain and horse statue. We are glad we made a stop and wish we would have had time to do the whole self guided tour.

4. Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum

210 Verendrye Dr, Fort Pierre, SD 57532-5005 +1 605-494-1094
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Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum

Reviewed By OTR_Again_IM - Iowa

CTSDRM is located high on a bluff overlooking Fort Pierre and the Missouri River valley. Even though it's a relatively new museum, I was surprised to find no one had yet added this place to Tripadvisor's Things To Do in Fort Pierre; so I did. OK, it's not on par with the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City or the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, but if you are at all interested in rodeo history and legend, this place is definitely worth a stop.

CTSDRM is mainly an extensive collection of memorabilia, awards, statues and photos of South Dakota native Casey Tibbs, nine time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, a record still unchallenged. There are alot of interesting articles about his life growing up in S. Dakota, how he started rodeoing at age 14, his rise to fame in the rodeo profession winning his first PRBC saddle-bronc championship at age 19 and his Hollywood career starring in & producing several movies. Also information and exhibits for other South Dakota rodeo figures: Mattie Goff, a 1920's world champion female trick rider and later ranch owner, other cowboy & rodeo queen pageant winners, rodeo clowns/bullfighters, stock contractors, judges, Indian National Finals, Little Britches, SD High School and 4-H rodeos,etc.

An interactive Bronc room provides visitors (kids) a virtual experience of an 8 second ride on a rodeo bronco. There is also a large conference room upstairs with full catering services for meetings, receptions, banquets etc and a gift shop. See their website for info on hours and admission.

5. Verendrye Museum

115 Deadwood Street, Fort Pierre, SD +1 605-223-2646
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Verendrye Museum

Reviewed By etweeden - London, United Kingdom

Located in Fort Pierre SD, the museum is named for the Verendrye brothers (Louis and Chevalier) who reached this approximate location in 1743 and promptly buried a lead plate in a hillside claiming the entire Missouri watershed for France. The museum contains many plains artifacts, but no lead plate has ever been found! Worth a visit to see what 'the real America' finds valuable and memorable. Open Monday's-Saturday's 9-5. Sunday's 11-4.

6. South Dakota Discovery Center

805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501-1858 +1 605-224-8295
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South Dakota Discovery Center

Everyone gets to try things out at this "science playground for the whole family" where "please touch" interactive science and nature exhibits provide a fun and educational experience. The center is housed in a huge converted city power plant and includes aquariums stocked with walleye, gar, trout and other Missouri River fish.

Reviewed By Dawson L - Pierre, South Dakota, United States

This is a small family/child science center. Lots of hands on things for kids to play with. Many of the exhibits will engage adults but it is the kind of place where mom and dad can sit while the kids play.

7. Fort Pierre Chouteau

350 Fort Chouteau Rd, Fort Pierre, SD 57532
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Fort Pierre Chouteau

Fort Pierre Chouteau was one of the most important fur trade forts of the western frontier. The town of Fort Pierre is named after Pierre Chouteau Jr, the founder of the fort. Photo: Ft. Pierre Chouteau Watercolor by Frederick Behman 1854 State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society

Reviewed By Leroy F - Fort Pierre, South Dakota

There are many informational displays at the site describing the history of the early fur traders. It is very interesting if you take the time to read.

8. Verendrye Site

Verendrye Dr, Fort Pierre, SD 57532
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Verendrye Site

Reviewed By Leroy F - Fort Pierre, South Dakota

On March 30, 1743 the Verendrye brothers buried a lead plate at this location claiming this area for France. In 1913 a group of school children found the plate.

9. Fort Pierre Depot Museum

215 1st St, Fort Pierre, SD 57532, Fort Pierre, SD 57532
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Fort Pierre Depot Museum

The 1906 Fort Pierre Railroad Depot was found on a ranch and recently moved back to Fort Pierre and restored. It was restored to its original condition and has many historic items inside.

Reviewed By Leroy F - Fort Pierre, South Dakota

The 1906 Railroad Depot was found on a ranch in western South Dakota. It was returned to Fort Pierre last year and the Bring it Home Committee did an excellent job of restoring the building. It looks brand new. There are many interesting things inside.

10. South Dakota State Historical Society Museum

900 Governors Dr, Pierre, SD 57501-2200 +1 605-773-3458
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South Dakota State Historical Society Museum

Reviewed By Bill H - Deadwood, South Dakota

The State Historical Society has created an unusual and very interesting display of artifacts, stories and visuals about the history of the Dakotas and its pioneering people. This museum is good for adults and children. The historical society's extensive archives are housed in the same facility, and the staff is both very knowledgeable and helpful. The park area surrounding the facility is beautiful, great for walking around in and for picnics. The State's beautiful government buildings are in the same area and can be toured.

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