Group & Bus Tour Services

Welcome to Aberdeen!  Enjoy a community that offers you fun activities, annual events, great shopping, and so much more.  These endless opportunities make Aberdeen the perfect family and business destination.

**Some tours require advanced notice to schedule.

Our enthusiastic staff can arrange a variety of tours including: Dacotah Prairie Museum, an ethanol plant, Agtegra, Aberdeen Community Theatre, Wylie Park, Storybook Land/Land of Oz, Centennial Village, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Northern State University, and more.  Let us help arrange the facility for your tour group, secure room blocks, organize a mystery tour, and promote your event.

We want you to choose Aberdeen as your vacation and business destination.  Call the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 645-3851 or complete the information for your meeting or tour on the left.  We welcome you to “Write Your Story.”

Group Tours Available

Sample Itinerary

Aberdeen is the city that encourages you to “Write Your Story.”  We are in northeastern South Dakota.  Aberdeen is a paradise for visitors and families where many stories are possible!

Day One

After a hearty breakfast, depart for the Dacotah Prairie Museum.  The museum gives visitors a hands-on approach to the history that makes Aberdeen, South Dakota unique. It features 17 galleries of multi-themed exhibits with regularly changing art shows highlighting local and regional artists. For example, one may experience the sunrise to sunset Hatterscheidt Wildlife Gallery on the first floor, featuring over 55 mounted specimens.  The animals come from four regions – the Arctic, North America, Africa, and India.  The animals are mounted at their actual height.  The Dacotah Prairie Museum is located in historic downtown Aberdeen, South Dakota!

Visit the Pheasant Canteen Exhibit located in the former Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Depot on north Main Street.  It opened on August 19, 1943 as a project of the American Red Cross and the USO.  Its purpose was to bring food and encouragement to servicemen and women who were traveling through Aberdeen toward training facilities or deployment during World War II.  An average of 500 military persons a day passed through Aberdeen on four to six trains.  The Pheasant Canteen was known for its pheasant sandwiches and it served its last sandwich on March 31, 1946.

Later in the day, you can enjoy a backstage tour of the Aberdeen Community Theater on our historic main street.  In January of 1927, the glorious French Art Deco theater, known as the Capitol Theatre, was opened.  The marquee was lit for the first time later that month.  For more than 30 years, ACT has been providing award-winning live theater productions for northeastern South Dakota.  Along with ACT’s live theater, ACT’s Capitol Cinema features special film events throughout the year.

For evening activities, Downtown Aberdeen is the place to be. 

  • Live performances are held year around at the historic Capitol Theatre and Cinema.
  • Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center (ARCC) offers activities for all ages.
  • The Civic Arena, adjacent to the ARCC, hosts sporting events, the Shrine Circus, Winterfest, and more.
  • Rediscover Aberdeen’s heritage at the Dacotah Prairie Museum.
  • Experience fine and casual dining in the downtown restaurants.
  • Have fun getting together with family and friends at the local sports bars.
  • Enjoy live entertainment at the downtown restaurants and bars.

Spend the night in Aberdeen.

Day Two

The Aberdeen area is strong in the ethanol/corn industry.  We will tour one of many ethanol plants located just outside Aberdeen.  This gives visitors a chance to see how corn gets made into the ethanol we burn as fuel in the cars that you drive.  Perhaps the car that you drive is powered by ethanol manufactured in the Aberdeen area.

On our return to Aberdeen, the rest of the afternoon may be used to explore our shops and stores.  Aberdeen has a variety of shops that will have something for everyone!

Spend the night in Aberdeen.

Day Three

Aberdeen’s Wylie Park and Storybook Land is the place to step back in time and experience all the childhood fables you grew to know and love.  This magical theme park includes more than 65 larger than life nursey rhyme-themed exhibits.  Visit a medieval castle where you are greeted by knights in armor.  Climb aboard Captain Hook’s boat or slide down the hill with Jack and Jill.  Ride the carousel, mini train, balloon ride, or roller coaster.  Visit the wildlife exhibits and petting zoo.  These are just a few of the many attractions based on our favorite nursery rhymes to see within Storybook Land.

L. Frank Baum, noted author and resident of Aberdeen from 1888 to 1891, wrote the story and timeless children’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”  The theme setting and characters can be found at Aberdeen’s newest theme park.  The Land of Oz features several attractions including Dorothy’s House, complete with tornado special effects.  Your group will have a chance to visit Munchkin Land and the houses of the Scarecrow and the Tin Man.  Travel down the Yellow Brick Road and walk through the Haunted Forest where you will be greeted by the Talking Trees.  The path takes you to the Lion’s Den and the Wicked Witch’s Castle.  A visit to our beautiful Storybook Land and the Land of Oz is admission free!

Experience camping, picnicking, and many recreational activities while visiting Wylie Park.  There are many more fun activities at the park for you to enjoy with family and friends.  One can enjoy mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats, bike rides, rollerblades, canoes, paddleboats, and walks on the rambling recreational trails.  With more than 210 acres of grassland, a myriad of recreational opportunities is available for all ages.

We encourage you to visit Aberdeen and “Write Your Own Story.”

Aberdeen, where memories are created that will last a lifetime!

Casey Weismantel
Executive Director
Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
(800) 645-3851 Toll Free
(605) 225-2414