Wilder Welcome Center

Wilder Welcome Center, De Smet: Address, Phone Number, Wilder Welcome Center Reviews: 5/5

Wilder Welcome Center
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Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. We provide visitor information on local attractions, lodging, and restaurants. Guided Prarie bus tours also available.
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Ashli
Savannah, GA39 contributions
Must do in De Smet!
Aug 2019 • Couples
Definitely make time to take the bus tour when in De Smet! Ann was an incredibly friendly, knowledgeable guide. We hit all the important points in the area and were able to stop and get off the bus multiple times to take pictures. Highly recommended!
Written 19 August 2019
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LauraRP
Dunedin, New Zealand5 contributions
Excellent
Jul 2019
Loved the tour, guide was very helpful knowledgeable and genuine, highly recommended to see the Laura destinations around De Smet.
Written 17 July 2019
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cvonderohe
Nairobi, Kenya15 contributions
Highly recommend the bus tour!
Jun 2019 • Family
We did a bus tour as part of our vacation visiting some of the sites from the Little House series. Ann was extremely knowledgeable and answered all the questions that had been building up after a few days of non-stop reading and thinking about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Not only did she know a lot about the Ingalls and Wilder families but she also shared about the local ecology and agricultural practices and how they have shifted over time. She was also generous and flexible in changing the time due to rainy conditions. Highly recommend!
Written 5 July 2019
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Monica T
Buffalo Grove, IL110 contributions
First step in your DeSmet visit
Jul 2018 • Solo
Together with the Ingalls Homestead, the Wilder Welcome Center is an essential part in helping you experience the real-life people, places, and features as told in Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic stories. Along with a very knowledgeable driver, you'll see Silver Lake (By the Shores of Silver Lake), Lakes Henry and Thompson (These Happy Golden Years), Almanzo Wilder's homestead and tree claim (The First Four Years), and the graves of Ingalls family and friends at DeSmet Cemetery. I learned about sloughs and why certain homestead land parcels were more desirable than others. After this tour, I was ready to head to the Ingalls Homestead to continue "living like Laura."
Written 10 July 2018
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Russell W
South Carolina127 contributions
Wife’s Bucket List
Jul 2018 • Couples
My wife has always wanted to learn more and visit her favorite childhood author. We drove from Minneapolis and the ride was fun into the prairie.
The tour process was exceptional from check in to the excursion.
Our guide Anne was great. She even recalled s phone call she had with my wife’s, weeks before. Very knowledgeable of the area and Laura Ingalls Wilder. She took the time to get to know others on the bus and welcomed questions and comments.
The tour about 90 minutes and it was enjoyable. Very glad we made the journey from SC.
Written 1 July 2018
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richmona
GA125 contributions
Informative
Jun 2018 • Family
We loved our tour with Ann. She was courteous, took extra time with our granddaughters, took us to many places and gave us the behind the scenes tour and "local gossip" on people and places we talked about. A very personal feel with this tour. Don't miss it.
Written 11 June 2018
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Go2theZoo
Layton, UT927 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Family
We arrived in De Smet later than planned, so there wasn't time to take the home tour, this tour and visit the Homestead site. As such, we decided to skip this tour. However, the lady who was staffing the welcome center that day could not have been nicer. She gave us a map and marked directions to all the other locations, including the Silver Lake and the cemetery. She told us what to expect at both locations and didn't try to hard sell us on taking their tour. I wish I would have had time to take this one because it sounds lovely. If we come back, we'll certainly plan more time.
Written 21 September 2017
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rntoyota5
Princeton, IN42 contributions
Must do
Jul 2017 • Family
If you are a Wilder fan you must do this tour. Our guide Anne was very knowledgeable about everything. I never would have been able to find all these places on my own. Lasted about 3 hours and worth every cent!
Written 19 July 2017
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Jennifer R
Barcelona, Spain10 contributions
Went on bus ride and it was wonderful
Jul 2017 • Family
Ann did such a great job of showing us the sites and telling such great stories about Laura Ingalls, her family and other people from the books. She was so knowledgeable, it was a joy to listen to her.
Written 12 July 2017
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appletonmom
Appleton, WI4 contributions
Perfect way to see De Smet
Jul 2017 • Family
My mom, 9 yr old daughter and 12 year old son and I all enjoyed the bus tour! In addition to taking us to see the sights and how they related to the books, Ann pointed out the wildlife and how things have changed since Laura lived there. She was happy to stop and let us take pictures of anything we wanted to. It was a great tour! She was very engaging with the kids as well.
Written 10 July 2017
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