Activities & Recreation

From outdoor adventure to world-renowned museums, the Vermillion – Yankton area has much to offer. For the most comprehensive and up to date information for each community, visit the websites of the area experts.

Spirit Mound

Located at 31148 SD-Hwy 19. A beautiful and significant historical, geographical and cultural landmark just a few miles north of Vermillion.

It’s been verified that Lewis and Clark visited this mound (the tallest in eastern SD) on their journey west as well as a significant spiritual location for local Native peoples.

Plan on a short uphill hike from your car to reach the top and bring a bottle of water. 

Vermillion Area Farmers Market

515 High St, Vermillion. A gem of Vermillion! Art, coffee, produce, farm fresh proteins- they have it all. All local producers, awesome folks and great fresh supplies.

Thursday and Saturday markets throughout the summer, alternate fall and winter schedule.

Market At The Meridian

(aka Yankton Farmers Market) At the corner of 2nd and Douglas on Saturdays,
May-October. Local farmers, crafters and vendors display their wares at the foot of the historical Meridian Bridge (now a hiking destination) in Yankton. A phenomenal selection of fresh and craft items.

While you’re there, enjoy scenic Riverside Park and maybe stop over to The Icehouse.  (See recommended businesses below). 

National Music Museum

America’s Shrine to Music & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments (NMM) at 414 E. Clark St. is a musical instrument museum of international recognition in Vermillion.

The NMM is recognized as “A Landmark of American Music” by the National
Music Council.

The NMM’s renowned collections, which include more than 15,000 American, European and non-
Western instruments from all cultures and historical periods, are among the world’s most inclusive. They include many of the earliest, best preserved, and historically most important instruments known to
survive.

The quality and scope of the NMM is unparalleled. Host recommended for amazing local experience.

(605) 658-3450

Gavin’s Point Dam & Visitor Center

(A few miles west of Yankton). Gavins Point Dam is a 1.9 mile long
embankment rolled-earth and chalk-fill dam which spans the Missouri River and impounds Lewis and
Clark Lake.

Take a day-trip to visit the dam and all of its scenic views. It’s massive power generation infrastructure, majestic spillway and surrounding scenic drives make for a great outing. Watch for bald eagles nesting on the Nebraska side near the power plant.

Mulberry Bend Scenic overlook

Located on State Hwy 15, in Nebraska just southwest of Vermillion. A dramatic view
of the Missouri National Recreational River awaits visitors at Mulberry Bend Overlook.

From the parking
area, a short, paved trail leads to two overlooks that offer views of a free -lowing segment of the Missouri. This portion of the river exhibits characteristics that were common hundreds of years ago but are no longer seen on the “man-made” portions of the river.

At the first overlook, exhibits provide information about the national park and early American Indians who inhabited the region. At the uppermost overlook, exhibits interpret the river’s hydrology, the surrounding forest and a flood that devastated the town of Vermillion in 1881.


The paved trail rises 60 feet to the top and is wheelchair accessible to the first overlook. A picnic table
and vault toilet is available near the parking lot.