De Smet Info
There is more to see and do in De Smet beyond the Ingalls Homestead. Even though we are a small town, we have restaurants and motels. Each section below provides useful information for planning your visit.
Other Places to Visit In De Smet
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
Our friends at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society offer an excellent, guided tour through two homes the Ingalls family lived in - the Surveyor's House from By the Shores of Silver Lake and the house Pa built on Third Street – as well as De Smet's first school. They also offer an exhibit of Ingalls family artifacts and activities in their Discovery Center.
They are open year-round, but it's a good idea to contact them if you are visiting October - May. They usually recommend at least 2 hours for your visit.
The Loftus Store
The Loftus Store still stands on our main street, Calumet Avenue. Laura wrote about Mr. Loftus and his store in her Little House books. In addition to seeing the original building, they offer a nice selection of De Smet and Little House gift. It is free to visit.
The Depot Museum
The De Smet Depot Museum is open Monday-Friday June, July, and August and includes artifacts and information about De Smet's history. It is located at 102 1st St SW. It is free to visit.
The De Smet Cemetery
The De Smet Cemetery is final resting place for Charles, Caroline, Mary, Carrie, Grace and her husband Nathan Dow, and Baby Boy Wilder, Laura and Almanzo's infant son.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant is an outdoor play featuring one Laura's books about De Smet. It is held three weekends each July. The 2016 dates are July 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. The show starts at 8PM each night and the gates open two hours before that at 6PM. The pageant does not sell out and does not offer advance tickets.
Old Settler's Day - June 13, 2015
One of the longest running celebrations in De Smet, this day starts off with a 10K, 5K, and kid fun-run in the morning. There is a mid-day parade followed by an afternoon with a variety of family activities. More information can be found desmetsd.com.
Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint Out- August 7-9, 2015
Artists of all skill levels paint on the prairie and at historical sites in De Smet, Manchester and the Ingalls Homestead, plus workshops and wet sale. More information can be found on their facebook page.
De Smet has two motels and two Bed and Breakfasts. All are family friendly.
If you are having trouble finding lodging in De Smet, here are a few options in surrounding communities.
Prairie Retreat is located near Bryant, SD - 605-625-5085
Historic Coughlin House Inn is located in Carthage, SD - 605-772-4166
Arlington Inn located in Arlington, SD - 877-983-4609
Hometown Hotel is located in Willow Lake, SD - 605-625-5226
To find out more about camping on-site with us, please checkout our camping information page.
Lake Thompson Recreation Area - 605-847-4893 - is part of the South Dakota State Park system and offers RV sites, tent sites, cabins, and a lodge.
Washington Park - 605-854-3731 - is one of De Smet's city parks and offers tent camping and electric sites. Bathrooms and showers are on-site.
There are a variety of restaurants in and around De Smet where you can find, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ward's Store and Bakery - 605-854-3914
Prairie Smokehouse - 605-854-3134
Oxbow Restaurant - 800-854-9988
Dairy Queen - 605-854-9000
Subway - 605-854-9009
Maynard's Grocery - 605-854-3432
3rd Street Bar & Grill - 605-854-9997
The Dugout Bar & Grill - 605-854-9171