Ft. Pierre is a town in Central South Dakota with just over 2,000 people. It is located where the Bad River and Missouri River meet. The town is full of historical places and is known for being one of the sites where Lewis and Clark stopped on their journey.
Fighting Stallions Memorial and Capital Building
500 E. Capital Ave.
Ft. Pierre, SD 57501
The Fighting Stallions Memorial was constructed on the grounds of the South Dakota State Capital Building to honor those eight South Dakotans who lost their life in a plane crash in 1993. You can tour the historic building and grounds and see the famous paintings and murals. The building has a copper dome, tall columns, and granite and limestone walls. The building was completely restored and modernized in 1989 and continues to be a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. The tour is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
La Framboise Island Nature Center
Ft. Pierre, SD 57501
La Framboise Island Nature Center is located in the Missouri River, and was one of Lewis and Clark's stops on their journey. You can participate in a variety of activities in and around the island. There are events throughout the year. You can bring your fishing pole and fish off the dock or use the public boat ramp to put your boat in the water. There are picnic shelters on the island, as well as restrooms which are handicap accessible. There are several hiking trails, and many opportunities for photography and bird watching. Enjoy a day on the island before heading back to your Ft. Pierre bed and breakfast.
28563 Powerhouse Rd.
Pierre, SD 57501
The Oahe Dam is the fourth largest artificial reservoir in the United States. The dam is 245 feet high and the water flows into Lake Oahe. There are 51 recreational areas around the lake. The power plant located near the dam is open to tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. You check in at the visitor's center and join one of the 90-minute tours of the plant and grounds. The tour is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Spend some time at Lake Oahe and enjoy some fishing, boating, hunting and more before heading back to your Ft. Pierre inn for the night.
South Dakota Discovery Center
805 W. Sioux
The South Dakota Discovery Center is a hands-on science center with exhibits that teach visitors with fun activities. Enjoy exhibits like the whisper dish, knex car and shout learning. There is something for the whole family at the center. Adult admission for the 2011 season is $4, with children's admission being $3. In the summer, the center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Call ahead for special event information and winter hours. The Center is closed for major holidays.