Whether she’s a nature lover, a shopaholic, a fan of the arts, or she just likes to relax and enjoy a glass of wine, The Mount Rushmore State is full of places that moms will love. Here are a few ideas to get you started in planning something just for her.
See a show at a local theater
Beautiful sunsets over incomparable landscapes aren’t the only grand shows here. Settle in for a performance at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, home to the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, where local musicians and talent from around the world put on unforgettable productions year-round. For a more intimate event during the summer months, the Black Hills Playhouse boasts an inviting and unpretentious theater atmosphere set against the beautiful forested backdrop of Custer State Park.
Take in the arts at a gallery or museum
Constantly surrounded by unending natural beauty seems to bring out an artistic air in people. To see some of the incredible creations South Dakotans are capable of, check out the state’s many galleries and art museums. Explore the South Dakota Art Museum on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings. Get an up-close look at some of the world’s most prized musical instruments at the National Music Museum in Vermillion. Check out Native American artifacts and hands-on exhibits at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Or, if you’re in Rapid City, peruse the five visual art galleries and children’s interactive gallery at The Dahl Arts Center.
Sip and socialize at a winery
If the grape doesn’t fall far from the vine, visiting some of South Dakota’s many wineries can be a great way to spend the day together. Nestled in the fertile ponderosa forests of the Black Hills and scattered among the countless lakes and rivers of the eastern plains, the state’s wineries host special events such as concerts, meet and greets with winemakers, grape stomping parties, and even helicopter tours. Or, simply relax and enjoy a glass of vino while taking in views of the vineyard.