The Ingalls Homestead is a large plot of land with several buildings that each hold a different activity or video or interesting information about pioneer life. My children loved spending time in the barn with the kittens, but really enjoyed all the different activities that the site provides. It was the best campground we have ever been to and although there was an admission price per person, the experience was worth so much more. We scheduled our time in De Smet during the weekend they put on the pageant. We could only reserve the bunkhouse ($50/night) for our fist night there and had to stay in a hotel. We did this on purpose because we wanted to see the pageant, but I suggest you either book far in advance to get the homestead site or forgo seeing the pageant.
Our day started early before the site was officially open. The kids were in and out of the barn playing with the kittens and all their new found friends. Our first activity was a pony ride.
Each child got a chance to ride the pony and then ride in the cart.
Next we rode in a horse drawn carriage to the schoolhouse. Each child that wanted to do the driving was given the opportunity to hold the reigns. Lessons in a one room schoolhouse were not only interesting, but hilarious. These folks know how to show you a good time!!
We also had the chance to twist straw, make jump ropes and crank laundry through a ringer. I would highly rate the De Smet Ingalls Homestead site. It’s a don’t miss on your mid-west adventures!!
It was time to check out, so we packed up our bunkhouse and headed to our hotel for a nap and a swim in the beautiful indoor pool. It was really nice to take a swim after such a hot and dusty morning.
The next stop was the pageant. The theater is outdoor and located on a big field within site of the Ingalls homestead. You drive into the parking lot and pay for each person in your car, $12/adult and $8 for children over 5. The production is very cute and the actors did a fine job acting out one of the books from the Little House series. I felt like it was nice to attend the pageant, but I wouldn’t say that it made our time in De Smet. For us, the homestead was the perfect amount of learning and play and we would have been fine with spending our time there only.
We went to bed, eager for the next portion of our adventure.
Road Trip – Day 6
Driving Time – none
Accommodations – De Smet Super Deluxe Inn & Suites, indoor pool, breakfast
Cost – $136.00
Do-over wish list – We probably wouldn’t see the pageant if we visited De Smet again.