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YANKTON AREA ATTRACTIONS


Whether you come for the day or a week or currently live here, Yankton has a variety of attractions to entertain you and your family.

Bede Art Gallery

1105 W. 8th St.
(605) 668-1574

Bede Art Gallery provides a cultural center where professional artists showcase their work.  The gallery, located in the Roncalli Center on Mount Marty College campus, is named after and in remembrance of Bede the Venerable.  Monthly exhibits from regional artists are featured throughout the school year, many with an artist's Gallery Talk and reception.  A student exhibit highlights the end of each semester.  The gallery is open to the public at no cost from Sept. through May. Open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Bishop Marty Chapel

1005 W. 8th St.
(605) 668-6000

A distinctive Yankton landmark built in 1954; Bishop Marty Chapel is considered one of the country's best examples of western architecture.  Saints depicted over the portal of the front door include Saints Gertrude the Great, Lioba, Scholastica, Benedict, Gregory, Anslem and Bede.  At the back of the Upper Chapel is a plaque on the east wall that commemorates the loving memory of the deceased Sisters of the Benedictine Convent of Sacred Heart Monastery.  Open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours available Monday-Friday or by appointment.

City of Yankton

1105 W. 8th St.
(605) 668-1574

Check out the tee times at the Fox Run Golf Course, enroll your child in the Summer Recreation Programs, visit our local parks or view a map of the Auld-Brokaw Trail.  All this can be found on the City of Yankton's website along with pertinent city information for the public.

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Corps of Discovery Welcome Center

89705 Hwy. 81 (Two miles South of Yankton on Highway 81)
(402) 667-6557

Experience a warm welcome to Northeast Nebraska and Southeast South Dakota as you observe a panoramic view of the Missouri River Valley and Yankton.  Experience a step back in time as you re-discover history on our 1.5 mile nature birding trail or read the historical markers about Lewis & Clark and Pan American Highway 81.  The Center offers tourists free information, complimentary coffee, gift shop and displays featuring local businesses and artists.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Winter hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 4 p.m.

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Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home and Dorothy Jencks Memorial Garden

509 Pine St.
(605) 665-7470

Completed in 1886, by the Secretary of the Dakota Territory, this stately home is the tallest Queen Anne home in South Dakota.  Unique features of the home include heavy double doors in the front entry, high coved ceilings, combination gas and electric chandeliers and replicated wallpaper in the parlors.  The home remains in its original 1880s décor with oil paintings by Alice Bullfinch Cramer decorating the walls.  Open for guided tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesday – Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  During the off season, the home is open by appointment.  Admission is $5 for age 12 to adults and $2 for students under 12.

Dakota Spirit

4th Street and Broadway Avenue

Keep Yankton Beautiful presented this fountain to the City of Yankton in 2006.  The fountain reconnects Yankton with its past of being called "The Fountain City".  This fountain fittingly called "Dakota Spirit" was sculpted out of one solid 18 ton block of South Dakota granite from Milbank.  The fountain appears to be made of many layers.  These layers represent all the different people that make up South Dakota's past and present.

Dakota Territorial Capitol Replica

Riverside Park (Intersection of Capital Street & Levee Street)
(605) 668-5231

The capitol replica symbolizes Yankton as being the first capitol of the Dakota Territory from 1861-1883.  The replica is patterned after the original Dakota Territorial Capitol built in Yankton in 1862 and torn down in 1886.  Displays in the building include photographs of old Yankton, maps of the Dakota Territory, a gallery of former Dakota Territorial governors and a tribute to the local St. John's Masonic Lodge.  Visitors will want to view the quilt highlighting Yankton landmarks, made by the four Yankton Quester chapters.  For rental and viewing of the capitol contact the Parks & Recreation Department.

Dakota Territorial Museum

610 Summit St.
(605) 665-3898

Take a step back in time as you enter the Dakota Territorial Museum.  The museum holds a large collection of rare memorabilia of early life in the Dakota Territory.  Some of the exhibits include the musical instruments of Felix Vinatieri, the band leader for General George Custer's 7th Calvary band, a Max Copper Vintage Boat Motor and fishing collection, Great Northern railroad caboose and one-room country school.  Summer hours include May 1 through Sept. 30, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from Noon – 4 p.m. Winter hours are Oct. 1 through April 30, daily from Noon – 4 p.m. and by appointment year-round.  Admission is free.

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G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery

508 Douglas Ave.
(605) 665-9754

This finely preserved Civil War building is the home of Yankton Area Arts and provides a charming setting for monthly art exhibits, receptions and meetings.  There is a fully-equipped kitchen and large classroom in the basement. Historically, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) built the hall in 1887 as the Phil Kearney Post No. 7, a meeting place for Union veterans and their auxiliary.  Call for more information, gallery exhibits, special events and rentals.  Open Monday – Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m.  Admission is free.  Handicap accessible.

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Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

31227 436th Ave. (Three miles West on Highway 52)
(605) 665-3352

Fish, fish, everywhere!  Built in 1960 on the Missouri River, the hatchery has produced over five billion fish for release in Midwestern waters.  In the cool, dimly lit surrounds of the aquarium, visitors become part of the aquatic environment as fish and turtles slowly swim within 13 tanks.  Exhibits, displays and aquatic animals located in the aquarium building explain the work and objectives of the hatchery.  The hatchery is one of 65 national Federal Hatcheries and Fish Technology Centers operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Open April 1 through Oct. 31 daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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House of Mary Shrine

142 Drees Dr. (Seven miles West on Highway 52)
(605) 668-0121

On a hillcrest overlooking Lewis & Clark Lake, three giant crosses stand as a reminder of the life and death of Jesus Christ.  Down the slope a bell tower, statues, shrinettes, the Way of the Cross, the Living Waters, the Rosary Way and St. Joseph's Chapel are tucked among the trees.  The House of Mary Shrine began when a young Catholic couple bought a piece of property bordering the park on the lake in 1957.  Marian Visitor's Center, with its gift shop and museum, is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Jack McCall Historical Marker

Intersection of Highway 81 & Highway 50

Being the first territorial capital of the Dakotas, Yankton hosted the trial and hanging of the notorious Jack McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok.  The trial began on Dec. 4, 1876 in a courtroom at what is now present day Third Street and Capitol Street.  Two days later the jury found McCall guilty.  McCall's hanging took place on March 1, 1877 at the present day intersection of Highway 81 and Highway 50.  The site of the hanging is marked by a historical plaque, which is located in the parking lot on the south end of the Human Services Center.

Keep Yankton Beautiful

322 Walnut Street
(605) 838-0665

Look around the city of Yankton and notice the great pride Yankton has in keeping our city in tip top shape.  Keep Yankton Beautiful has made it their mission to motivate citizens to take greater responsibility for improving their community environment and enhancing the beauty of the city through litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification projects.

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Lewis & Clark Visitor Center

55245 Hwy. 121 (South of Gavins Point Dam)
(402) 667-2546

Located on top of scenic Calumet Bluff, the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center overlooks the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark Lake.  Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service, this center offers early history of the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark, a theater, wildlife displays and a view of Gavins Point Dam.  Open May through September, Sunday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.  October through April, the visitor center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

43349 SD Hwy. 52
(605) 668-2985

Boating, camping, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, tubing and waterskiing are just some of the activities you can enjoy!  The Lewis & Clark Resort and Magilly's Lakeside Eatery restaurant are located in the recreation area.  The Lewis & Clark Marina has over 400 boat slips, fuel, boat rentals, mechanics and a convenience store.  There are numerous beaches, picnic shelter facilities, play equipment and trails in the state park.  Lake Yankton and the Missouri River also provide hours of entertainment for the young and old alike.

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Meridian Bridge

Walnut Street

The Meridian Bridge, a long-time landmark in Yankton, is the result of hard work and determination of local citizens.  Built in 1924, it was the first permanent bridge crossing the Missouri River.  This unique bridge is a "double-decker" with one lane positioned above another.  It was constructed as a lift-span bridge to allow riverboat traffic to traverse the river.  Up until 1953, it was operated as a toll bridge.  The Meridian Bridge was closed in October 2008 to vehicle transportation, but continues on as a walking bridge and a standing reminder of the days gone by.

Missouri National Recreational River

508 E. 2nd St. (National Park Service Office)
(605) 665-0209

The Missouri National Recreational River is a national park that runs right through Yankton.  You will discover stretches of the Wild and Scenic Missouri River, plenty of outdoor activities, miles of trails for hiking, biking and running, plus a variety of historic sites and cultural activities.  View the natural beauty of the "rec river" along 100 miles of the South Dakota-Nebraska border.  Kayak and canoe rentals are available.

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Pierre Dorian's Grave

West 2nd Street & Riverside Drive

Pierre Dorian was the first white settler in the Yankton area.  He lived among the Yankton Sioux at the time that Lewis and Clark passed through in 1804.  Lewis and Clark convinced Dorian to accompany them on their expedition and to serve as an Indian interpreter.  Dorian later returned to the Yankton area. His grave was located by a local historian and a memorial marker dedicated in 2002.

Riverside Park Amphitheatre

Riverside Park
(605) 668-5231

The Riverside Park Amphitheatre is available for events throughout the year.  Concerts in the Park are held every Tuesday at 8 p.m. during June, July and August.  Each week a different band performs an outdoor concert.  Bands come from outside Yankton, as well as local groups.  No admission.  The amphitheatre is also available for private functions, to make reservations contact the Parks & Recreation.

Southeast South Dakota Department of Tourism

1101 Broadway; Suite #113
1-888-353-7382

Explore what Southeast South Dakota offers its residents and visitors.  Every landmark tells a story as Dakota History is prevails in the area.  Southeast South Dakota Department of Tourism delights in connecting its residents and visitors with events and ways to discover new adventures – right here in Southeast South Dakota!

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State of SD Game, Fish & Parks

(605) 773-3391

Book your lakeside cabin, locate new camping spots, receive information on wildlife, hunting and fishing and licenses and much more from the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks.  SDGFP offers hunting, fishing, camping, boating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and horse trails, making your outdoor experience the best it can be.

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Summit Activities Center

1801 Summit St.
(605) 668-5234

For the young and young at heart, the 134' water slide and zero depth pool are great places to play.  The Center offers a strength and fitness area, indoor pool, two performing arts theatres, indoor and outdoor walking tracks, soccer fields, football fields, softball fields, eight lighted outdoor tennis courts and gymnasium to help visitors keep in shape.  Birthday pool parties are now a reality with special rates available.  There are also meeting rooms available for special events.  Daily rates are available.  Open Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 9 p.m.

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Yankton Chamber & Visitors Center

803 E. 4th St.
(800) 888-1460

Make this Visitors Center your first stop when you get to Yankton to learn more about the community and what it has to offer.  Here you will find brochures and maps, as well as a comfortable lounging area to rest and browse through materials.  The Visitors Center is also home to the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development.  Visit our website to reeive your free visitor packet, or give us a call.  Open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., plus weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Yankton Children's Theatre Company

Dakota Theatre, 328 Walnut St.
(605) 665-1298 / (605) 665-4711 Reservations

Spend an evening – or afternoon – enjoying a production by the Lewis & Clark Theatre Company.  The beautiful art deco style building was built in 1902 and has recently undergone many renovations: climate controls, state-of-the-art lights and sound system, new décor and much more!  The Theatre has productions scheduled and awaiting guests.&nb Come enjoy the many productions with actors of all ages.

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Yankton Community Library

515 Walnut
(605) 668-5275

Hours:  Memorial day to Labor Day: Mon-Tues: 10 am – 9 pm; Wed-Thurs: 10 am – 6 pm; Fri-Sat: 10 am – 5 pm.
Labor Day to Memorial Day: Mon-Thurs: 10 am – 9 pm; Fri-Sat: 10 am – 5 pm; Sun: 1 pm – 5 pm.

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