South Dakota vacation rentals take the form of lakefront cottages, wilderness cabins, city bungalows, and chic apartments. A South Dakota family vacation means endless opportunities to enjoy fun and thrilling attractions amidst the beauty of nature. You're sure to love it here.
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Popular Rental Amenities in South Dakota
The above filters will help you find the perfect accommodation in South Dakota. HomeToGo's data shows that "Internet" and "TV" prove to be the most commonly offered features in South Dakota. Not as many properties in South Dakota are available if you want a rental with a yard or if you want to go fishing as "Fishing" and "Yard" are not often available in this destination.
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Vacation Rental Price Information in South Dakota
In the above graph, you will find information on average prices of the vacation homes & apartments in South Dakota. The most expensive dates to travel to South Dakota are in July (7/30 - 8/6). The cheapest week to book a vacation rental is in April (4/23 - 4/30).
Rental Availability Information in South Dakota
Find out the percentage of available rentals in South Dakota with the graph above. It is harder to find an accommodation during a week of August (8/6 - 8/13), as 47% of the rentals are booked. The week with the highest percentage of available rentals is in September (9/3 - 9/10).
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Sun, Snow, and When to Go
With four distinct seasons, guests in South Dakota vacation rentals can choose their favorite time of year to visit. Although the weather is typically sunny, breezy, and fair, South Dakota can experience extreme fluctuations. Due to a semi-arid continental climate, summer temperatures can reach over 100°F, while winter temperatures often drop below zero.
The 6 Best Activities for Families in South Dakota
1. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of America’s most popular attractions. The gigantic mountainside sculpture depicts the faces of US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was created by artist Gutzon Borglum between 1927-1941.
2. Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Rushmore Tramway Adventures offers a bunch of adrenaline-pumping experiences on a mountaintop near Mount Rushmore. Experience the gorgeous vistas of South Dakota’s Black Hills with ropeways, zip lines, and alpine slides.
3. Big Thunder Gold Mine
The Big Thunder Gold Mine is a museum located inside the replica of a late 19th-century gold mill. The thrill of walking through a mine deep under the earth, as well as learning about its history and treasures, makes for an adventurous and educational activity. Children will also love the gold panning experience here.
4. Bear Country USA
Take the two-mile drive through Bear Country USA, located within the Black Hills, to see indigenous animals in their natural habitat. Along with black bears, there are over 20 other varieties of wildlife like buffalo, wolves, and elk in this park. There is also a walkway enclosing an area dedicated to baby animals that you can pet.
5. The Butterfly House and Aquarium
The Butterfly House and Aquarium in Sioux Falls is a treasure trove of over 800 butterflies and aquatic creatures. You can not only look at but even touch, sea cucumbers and even stingrays here.
6. Storybook Island
There's more family fun at Storybook Island in Rapid City. It’s a family theme park where the attractions are based on locations and characters from popular children’s books. Best of all, admission to the park is free.
Winter Places, Stone Faces, and Wide Open Spaces to Explore
Seasons should be taken into account when you visit South Dakota. For vacationers who prefer a white winter, Great Bear Recreation Area near Sioux Falls is perfect for frosty activities. Snow tubing, snowboarding, and skiing are just some of the active pursuits available at Great Bear during the winter. For the remainder of the year, guests can hike, fish, and explore acres of wilderness.
Those visitors who enjoy snowmobiling, ice climbing, and ice fishing should head to the Rapid City, Spearfish, or Sundance areas.
Consider basing yourself in Deadwood if you wish to visit the Black Hills. This town offers casinos, live entertainment, and fine dining. You might explore Custer State Park, considered one of the nation’s top ten state parks. Here, you can catch a glimpse of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and bison. Activities include fly-fishing, hiking, and rock-climbing.
Drive northeast in the state to see prairies and glacial lakes such as Lake Thompson. Enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures here, including camping, fishing, and biking. In the central part of South Dakota, you’ll find the Missouri River region. With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, it provides excellent fishing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming.
Roundups, Ribs, Hot-rods, and Parades
South Dakota offers visitors an opportunity to connect with the past, and one way to do this is through the annual Buffalo Roundup. Held in September at Custer State Park, wranglers corral more than 1,300 bison.
Four days in August brings car enthusiasts together in Deadwood. Concerts, a classic car competition, and hot-rod races are some of the events. For those visitors wanting to taste a bit of the West, head to Vermillion for Ribs, Rods & Rock n’ Roll. This annual State Barbeque Cook-off draws a crowd for a two-day event in September.
Many towns in South Dakota hold parades for major vacations. However, Sioux Falls has one of the best. The annual Parade of Lights in November features dazzling displays of lights and elaborately decorated floats.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a vacation rental in South Dakota?
The average nightly price for vacation rentals in South Dakota is $78.
How many vacation rentals are available to book in South Dakota?
October has the highest amount of available House rentals and Cabin in South Dakota, so you can expect plenty of offers, even for last-minute bookings.
What amenities are most popular for vacation homes in South Dakota?
Most travelers search for Internet, TV, and Pool when booking a vacation rental in South Dakota.
How many vacation rentals are in South Dakota?
Discover 7,110 vacation rentals available to book in South Dakota.
Are pets allowed in vacation rentals in South Dakota?
Yes, there are 1,406 vacation homes in South Dakota that allow pets, with an average price of $183 per night.
What's the best time of year to travel to South Dakota?
July and August are typically the warmest months in South Dakota with temperatures around 87 °F. January and February in South Dakota are the coldest, with 14 °F on average.
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