Eight out of doors actions to do that summer time round Aberdeen


Wondering what to do to get some sun this summer?

From strolling through an arboretum to lounging by the pool or lake, the Aberdeen area offers plenty of opportunities to get outside. Just remember to hydrate and take sunscreen.

Here are eight fun options in and around the city.

Stroll through the Kuhnert Arboretum

On the south side of Aberdeen along Moccasin Creek, a stroll through the Kuhnert Arboretum is a great activity for families and people of all ages.

Visitors can stop at the educational center where they can learn about different plants and ecosystems, or they can visit the rose garden. There is no entrance fee.

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Hike at Sica Hollow State Park

About 15 miles northwest of Sisseton, there is much to see in Sica Hollow. With over 8 miles of hiking trails, Sica Hollow is the perfect place for beginners. There are even some trails that horses can use.

Sica Hollow is also a great place for picnicking and bird watching. Just watch out for tics.

Like other state parks, it costs $8 per vehicle to park in Sica Hollow for a day. A $36 annual pass can also be used, giving you year-round access to all of South Dakota’s state parks.

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Bird watching at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Sand Lake is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and its visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. About 25 miles outside of Aberdeen, the nearly 22,000-acre nature reserve is a great place for nature lovers.

Bird watchers can see more than 200 species of birds made up mostly of wetland dependent migratory birds. There are also five different fishing areas around the lake. Deer, Ring Pheasants, Pointed Chickens and Partridges can be hunted at the refuge during the season.

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Float on the lazy river at Aberdeen Aquatic Centre

The Aberdeen Aquatic Center is a great family-friendly activity. Visitors can float down the lazy river, swim laps, or ride the water slides.

Daily admission to the water sports center is $8 for adults, $6 for those aged 2-17, and $7 for seniors. Season passes are also available.

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Don’t forget Lake Mina

Mina Lake Recreation Area accommodates many different types of water activities. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and paddling. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and water mats are available for rent.

Standard state park admission applies and there is an additional fee for camping or rentals.

Visit Wylie Park and Storybook Land

There is plenty to do at Wylie Park. Families can learn about various children’s stories and characters at Storybook Land, while miniature golf and go-karting are popular activities at Thunder Road.

Thunder Road is open Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 9pm, Friday from 12pm to 9:30pm and Saturday from 12pm to 10pm.

Admission to the popular City Park and Storybook Land is free, but fees apply for discounts, rides, and camping. Or just pack a picnic.

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Have a beer downtown while listening to music

Once a month during the summer there is free live music in downtown Aberdeen. The next concert is on July 14th. The last is on August 26 as part of the Sizzlin’ Summer Nights car and bike show.

Make it a night out as vendors and food trucks offer food and drink, including beer and wine. All the action takes place at Malchow Plaza, 506 S. Main St.

Explore Richmond Lake

Less than 10 miles outside of Aberdeen, the Richmond Lake Recreation Area is a great place for hikers, campers, disc golfers and beachgoers. As with other state parks, a daily or annual pass is required.

Visitors can bike or hike the trails, while kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are available for rent. Don’t forget your beach chair and towel to relax and swim.