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Brookings (South Dakota)

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Brookings (South Dakota)

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Brookings is a city of 18,504 in the Glacial Lakes region of South Dakota. It is the home of South Dakota State University.

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Brookings is serviced by Interstate Highway 29 (north-south) and US Route 14 (east-west).

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See[edit][add listing]

  • South Dakota State University, 800-952-3541.  edit
  • South Dakota State Art Museum, 936 Medary Avenue, [1]. State art museum, with displays of South Dakota prairie or Native American-inspired art as well as other art and a display of Marghab Linens. Has an excellent gift shop where you can purchase art pieces or gifts. Free, though donations are appreciated.  edit
  • Children's Museum of South Dakota, 521 4th St, [2]. Definitely a great time for the kids--lots of educational, musical, or artistic hands-on exhibits, and a play area outside with a huge animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. Adults & children $8 each. Children under one, free.  edit

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  • Climb the Campanile, On campus, along Medary Ave. SDSU's most recognizable landmark is the Coughlin Campanile. A nice activity is to climb the 179 steps up the campanile for some great views of Brookings. Views also are available from lower levels and there is no fee to enter. However, climbs must be made during daylight hours. Lighting within the tower is minimal. Entrance is from the south door. The key can be checked out at Tompkins Alumni Center across the street or the University Police Department across the street and a block north. Free.  edit
  • McCrory Gardens, 631 22nd Ave, [3]. Take a stroll through these beautiful gardens. There are different areas, like a rose garden, a woodland garden, and a rock garden, and they are all very pretty in the spring-fall months. There is also a visitor center which can be reserved for events. It's a very popular place for weddings. Free.  edit
  • Dakota Nature Park, (the northwest corner of 22nd Avenue and 32nd Street South). This park was the city dump many years back, but it has since been capped and re-developed to become a haven for nature lovers. There are numerous biking/running/hiking trails throughout the park, and ponds for fishing, kayaking, or canoeing. A very beautiful area. An Outdoor Adventure Center and a Visitor Center are currently being constructed there as well. Free.  edit

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There are multiple chain restaurants in Brookings, including an Applebee's, a Whiskey Creek, a Perkins, and multiple fast food restaurants. There are also come great options for family-owned restaurants or ones unique to Brookings.

  • Cubby's Sports Bar & Grill, 307 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • The Ram, 327 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • George's Pizza, 311 Main Ave, Brookings, SD. Great pizza, and Greek night once a month. Serves pizza by the slice out the window until bar close Thursday-Saturday.  edit
  • Pizza King, 308 Main Ave, Brookings, SD. Excellent and affordable pizza, dine in or deliver.  edit
  • Guadalajara, 1715 6th St, Brookings, SD. Tasty Mexican food.  edit
  • Nick's Hamburger Shop, 427 Main Ave, Brookings, SD. Delicious and inexpensive hamburgers, malts/shakes, and pies. Very nice atmosphere.  edit
  • Sake Sushi & Hibachi, 710 22nd Ave S, Brookings, SD. Definitely the best sushi/authentic Asian food you can get in Brookings.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Jim's Tap, 309 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • Cubby's Sports Bar & Grill, 307 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • Skinner's Pub, 300 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • Lantern Lounge, 303 3rd St, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • Ray's Corner, 401 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • Safari Lounge, 421 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • Main Street Pub, 408 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • O'Hares, 327 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • The Ram, 327 Main Ave, Brookings, SD.  edit
  • 9 Bar & Nightclub, 305 Main Ave.  edit

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