Step back in history to a time when the cowboys roamed the streets, and the saloon doors swung! That's right - we're back in the old west!
The Frontier Village is a very cool historical attraction, that has taken original buildings from other frontier villages across the state, and brought them all together to create an entirely new village. Here, you can experience what it would have really been like to live in the Old West!
There are all sorts of buildings to be explored! From the train depot, to the post office, church, and even a one-room school house.
How does it compare to your school now? We bet it's pretty different! (There was no texting or proms back in the Old West!)
The Frontier Village is history come back to life, with antiques and artifacts within the buildings to give kids a realistic experience where they can use their imagination. You can't have the Wild West without those iconic stage coaches, so why not take a Stage Coach ride (or a pony ride!) where you can really feel the part.
What else does the Old West have? That's right - shoot outs! Check the events calendar for when they happen, because it will really immerse the family in all the antics of the past.
What else do you associate with the days of the frontier plains? Buffalo? Got it in one! The Frontier Village is also home to the World's Largest Buffalo (don't worry, it's a concrete structure not a real one!) that has stood over the town since 1959. It weighs 60 tons, so it's pretty huge!
Of course, with a buffalo statue comes real buffalo, so kids will get excited over seeing the real life herd of buffalo in the area. There are about 30 buffalo, as well as three albinos (Have you ever seen a white buffalo before!?)
Yee haw! A wild west family day out all for you!
Coming from the west on I-94, take exit 257 (on left side) and head straight until you run into the Frontier Village.
Coming from the east on I-94, take a right off of exit 258. Take a right on 17th St. SW and follow the signs.
Free, but donation suggested. Stagecoach and pony rides $5
Same as adult
The village have dedicated themselves to recreating history as authentically as they can - so you know your experience is true to history!
They have a General Store which has a limited menu for lunch. The RSVP+ Dakota Store and the National Buffalo Museum gift shop offer snacks.
There are a few gift shops within the village which include Mary's House (mostly homemade goods), the General Store (food and souvenirs), and the Prairie Winds Gift Shop (everything buffalo and beyond) located in the National Buffalo Museum.
You can always carry some healthy snacks and bottled water with you just in case you get peckish!
If you need wheelchair access, just give them a call to see what there is for you!
During the summer the local Wild West Players perform Shoot-outs within the village. These are usually every other Saturday around 3:00 PM.