Every year on June 5th (6/05), South Dakota celebrates the 605-area code, the people who live in it and the businesses which help to make our communities thrive. South Dakota is only one of 12 states with a single area code. Whether you are planning a 605 Day extravaganza, or you just want to support in a simple way, here is how you can in Brookings.
Uplifting local treasures and traditions is what this day is all about. Explore our Brookings Great 8, to experience the best unique attractions all over town. Grab a Great 8 Passport at the Visit Brookings office or at any of the Great 8 attractions. Once you have visited and experienced them to the fullest, get a stamp saying you were there and keep moving along. After getting six of the eight stamps, turn it back in at our office to be included in a quarterly $25 gift card giveaway. Or you can keep the passport as a souvenir of your perfect 605 Day in Brookings.
Downtown Brookings is known for its historical buildings and original architecture. In addition to the beautiful buildings, it’s home to many unique stores owned by 605 natives. If you want to get a bite to eat, grab a drink, or shop for your next occasion, the Downtown Brookings district has you covered.
History buffs love learning the stories of our city. The best way to step back in time is by walking in the steps of those who built the community. The Brookings Historic Preservation Commission has produced three walking tours: one for the Downtown Commercial District, one for the University Residential District, and one for the Central Historic District. These walking tours are self-guided brochures you can pick up at our office whenever convenient.
Don’t stop the fun in Brookings. Wave those South Dakota flags high and celebrate being a part of a state full of beauty and fun, even if it is just for a little while. Explore all South Dakota has to explore on #605Day. Head to Travel SD to get the best ideas and inspiration for this local holiday.