South Dakota

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History:

South Dakota came into the United States in the Louisiana Purchase (1803). The population first started off as a white population. Now there a different cultures. There was a lot of controversy on whether they should join the union or not. This is an agriculture environment. Today South Dakota's economy is supported by the tourism. There are many tourist attractions to visit.

One main subculture in South Dakota is Native Americans.

Weather

Spring:

April- May; mostly sunny, can be a rainy season. Temperature ranges from 40's to the 80's. Night temperatures can range from 30's to 40's, you might want to have a jacket for night activities.

Summer:

June- August; Warm,(sometimes hot) sunny. Temperature ranges from 70's to 80's, but usually climbs into the 100's. The hot days are bearable with the nice breeze and low humidity. Evenings can be cool.

Fall:

September- November; comfortable warm weather, crisp cool nights. Temperatures range from the 60's to 70's during the day and around the 40's at night.

Winter:

December- March; while the temperatures may be wintry, cold spells usually alternate with milder weather. The average day time temperature is around the 30's. Snowfall doesn't stay around for long usually melts within a few days.

Mount Rushmore

Every year nearly 3 million people visit Mount Rushmore. Mount Rushmore has grown as the symbol of freedom and hope for people of all cultures and back grounds. This site is wheelchair accessible. There is no fee to get into Mount Rushmore, but there is a fee to park at the memorial. Parking fee: $11 (Cars, Motorcycles and RVs) $50 (Commercial Tour bus) $25 (Verified, nonprofit Educational Bus)

Hours: October 1- March 19 5:00a.m- 8:00p.m; March 20- September 30 5:00a.m - 11:00p.m.

Sioux Falls Convention Center

At the Convention Center you can make an event happen or you can join an event. They have much to offer. You can call them to find dates and see what is planned or what you can plan.

Phone: (605) 367-4100

Address: 1201 N. West Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Great Bear Recreation Park

Great Bear Recreation Park is the number one hot spot for families to go to for winter sports.

Address: 5901 E Rice Street Sioux Falls, SD 57110

Phone: (605) 367- 4309

Hours: Full day (9am- 10pm) Half-day (3pm-10pm)

Fees: Full Day($23) Half-day($20) Kids ski free with an adult. You can also purchase season tickets; prices vary.

Bramble Park Zoo

Address: 800 10th Street NW Watertown, SD 57201-8806

Phone: (605) 882- 6269

Hours: Sept- May (10am- 4pm) Memorial Day- Labor Day (10am-7pm)

Fees: 2 years and younger.. Free

3 to 12 years old.. $6+ Taxes

13 years and older.. $8+ Taxes

Children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Deadwood History, Inc.

Deadwood History, Inc. is a partnership between two non-profit cultural organizations- the Adams Museum & House and Days of '76 Museum.

Adams Museum & House:

Address: 54 Sherman Street Deadwood, SD 57732

Phone: (605) 578- 1714

Hours: 9:00am- 5:00pm

Fees: $5 for adults and $2 for children

Days of '76 Museum:

Address: 18 seventy-sixth Drive Deadwood, SD 57732

Phone: (605) 578- 1675

Hours: 9:00am- 5:00pm

Fees: Adults $5.50, Children 7-13 $2.50, 6 and under FREE!

Tour of Mount Rushmore National Memorial