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Bone-chilling Brookings Experience

Escape reality and step onto the set of your own personal horror movie at the Fear Asylum, South Dakota’s number one haunted attraction.

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It’s Time to Fall for Brookings

It is finally time for Pumpkin spice, your favorite flannel, and crunchy warm colored leaves under your feet now fall has officially (as of September 22nd) hit Brookings. Fall may be a short-lived season in the Dakota’s, but you can bet we will be squeezing all our favorite fall activities into the few short weeks we do get before snowfall.

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A Garden Party Rooted in History

What started in 1988 as community supporters gathered in the Gardens for an ice cream social, has now grown into a day full of fun activities, appreciation, and commemoration. The 33rd annual McCrory Gardens Garden Party will reflect on those who have given so much passion and time, allowing the gardens to be what they […]

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The Pheasant Restaurant: The World on a Plate

Whether you are a long-time member of the community, a student who has made Brookings your temporary home, or a visitor exploring the area for the first time, The Pheasant Restaurant is woven into the culture of Brookings and is a great stop to get to know the area on a new level.

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Base your Little House on the Prairie Adventure out of Brookings

As you plan your adventure on the Prairie, be sure to include Brookings on your route. With 750 comfortable hotel rooms, a variety of restaurants, plenty of family fun, Brookings is a history buff’s paradise.

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What’s Glowing on at the Garden?

A Greeting of a familiar nostalgic feeling of holiday cheer and the sound of joyful music meets you at the beginning of the magnificent lights of Garden Glow. As you continue down the lit path you may see a child’s eyes light up at the larger-than-life candy land display or a couple taking in a special moment together.

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Four Seasons of Outdoor Activities

Whether summer, fall, winter or spring bring you to Brookings, there is plenty to do year-round. With so many options to explore, visitors to Brookings can experience outdoor adventures any time of year. From kayaking to hunting and everything in between, Brookings has something for every type of outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. The city is […]

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Cook’s Kitchen: “When You’re Here, You’re Home”

Since 1950, Cook’s Kitchen in downtown Brookings has been a breakfast and lunch staple. It’s a favorite for locals, students and alums, especially on SDSU game days when a home-cooked meal and large portion sizes are almost required to start your day. Cook’s is a family-owned business, operated by Greg and Shari Thornes, along with […]

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Brookings Great 8 Passport

The Great 8 Passport serves as your guided tour to some of our favorite spots to explore in Brookings! Visit them all in one day or take a few days to explore each destination in depth, however you decide to complete the passport you can totally personalize your adventure!

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