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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.

Contact the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for not only planning your vacation, but also organize your convention, reunion or group tour.  We offer a full line of services for your convention including organizing a convention facility, hotel room bock, registration assistance, press release, visitor packets, name tags, and more. Group Tours must be sscheduled through the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
**Some tours require advanced notice to schedule.

Storybook Land ExpressWhether you're in Aberdeen for business or simply want to plan a bus/group tour, let the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau be your guide.  Our enthusiastic staff can arrange a variety of tours including Hutterite Colony, Ethanol plant, SD Wheat Growers, Aberdeen Community Theatre, Wylie Park, Storybook Land, Aberdeen Geo Tour, The Granary, Centennial Village, The Highlands Historical District, Sand Lake, Northern State University, and so much more!  Let us help set up your bus/group tour host facility; set up a room block; organize a mystery tour; and promote the 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”. Located in Northeastern South Dakota, Aberdeen, a visitor and family paradise were many stories are possible! Group Tours can be modified to fit your schedule.

Day One

After a hearty breakfast, depart for the Dacotah Prairie Museum. The Dacotah Prairie Museum gives visitors hands on Polar Bear DPM approach to the history that makes Aberdeen, South Dakota unique. Experience the sunrise to sunset Hatterscheidt Wildlife Gallery, on the Museum's first floor, featuring over 55 mounted specimens from North America, Africa and India. The animals come from four regions – the Arctic, North America, Africa and India. The mural depicts one day in the life of the earth, beginning with midnight over the Himalayas and Mount Everest. The animals are mounted at their actual height. The dominant figure in the room, the African Elephant, weighed approximately 7 tons and stood 11 feet 3 inches at the shoulder.

Visit the Pheasant Canteen Exhibit located in the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad depot on north Main Street. It opened on Aug. 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. An average of 500 military persons a day passed through Aberdeen on 4-6 trains. The Pheasant Canteen was known for its pheasant sandwiches. Farmers first donated the pheasants for the sandwiches and later pheasant hunts were organized to aid the canteen. After 2 1/2 years of service, the “Pheasant Canteen” served its last meal on March 31, 1946.

If the Pheasant Canteen gets you in the mood for lunch, walk to the Historic Alonzo Ward Hotel. The Alonzo Ward Hotel has been restored to its full grandeur. When visiting the lobby, enjoy the elegance, architectural detail and fine appointments. Dining at the Ward Plaza is an experience in itself. A unique combination featuring American and International cuisine artfully presented and creatively prepared.

In the afternoon you can enjoy a back stage tour of the Aberdeen Community Theater on historic Main Street. In January of 1927, the glorious, French art deco theater that is home to 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 quality, award-winning live theater productions for northeastern South Dakota. Along with ACT’s live theater season between April and November, ACT’s Capitol Cinema programming features special film events throughout the year and Hollywood films seven nights a week from December to March.

For evening activities, Downtown is the place to be for excitement!
Centrally located and a quick commute to all areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeen's historic Downtown puts you close to the action and within walking distance to many amenities.
• Live performances are held year around at the historical Capitol Theatre.
• The Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center (ARCC), located in the former Central High School, offer activities for young and old alike.
• Adjacent to the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center is the Civic Arena, which continues to host sporting events, the Shrine Circus, and the annual Winterfest.
• Rediscover Aberdeen's heritage at the Dacotah Prairie Museum.
• Experience fine and casual dining in many of the Downtown restaurants.
• For fun and excitement, get together with friends at the sports bars.
• Enjoy live entertainment at the Downtown restaurants and bars.

Spend the night in Aberdeen.

Day Two

It the morning, depart for the Grassland Hutterite Colony Tour. Agritourism, where agriculture and industry meet, allows Leroy Grassland Colony visitors a chance to experience firsthand the Grassland Hutterite Colony way of life. You will tour the wood working shop where they make some of the finest wood furniture in South Dakota. The Grassland Granite Shop & turkey barns will allow visitors to see the industry Grassland Colony provides regionally and nationally. Their culture and traditions will be explained as we tour the school house and chapel, with time for your questions and comments.

Lunch can be served right at Grassland Colony. Great German food, what more can you ask? Fresh vegetables from their 15 acre garden give you a real taste of what Aberdeen and the Grassland Hutterite Colony can provide. **There is a nominal fee included in the Grassland Hutterite Colony Tour.

After experiencing Agritourism first hand you can see where the Corn Industry takes off! Aberdeen 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. Chances are the vehicle that brought you to Aberdeen might have been powered by ethanol manufactured in Aberdeen.

After the Ethanol Plant the rest of the afternoon can be used to explore the many shops and stores Aberdeen is known for. Aberdeen has many variety shops that will have something for everyone on your shopping list.

Spend the night in Aberdeen.

Day Three

Aberdeen Wylie Park - Storybook Land, where you can step back in time and experience all the childhood fables you grew to know and love.

L. Frank Baum, noted author and resident of Aberdeen from 1888 to 1891, wrote his story and timeless children's classic, "The Wizard of Oz." The theme, setting and characters from "The Wizard of Oz" provided the inspiration for Aberdeen's newest theme park. The Land of Oz features several attractions including Dorothy's House, complete with tornado special effects. See cows and chickens fly through the air! Your group will have a chance to visit Munchkin Land, Scarecrow's and Tin Man's houses. Travel the Yellow Brick Road through the Haunted Forest, where the Talking Trees shout out as you make you way to the Lion's Den and the Wicked Witch's Castle. The Land of Oz is located in Storybook Land and there is no cost to visit.

Just over the rainbow in Wylie Park, you'll find Aberdeen's magical theme park, Storybook Land. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a land of enchantment which includes more than 65 larger than life nursery rhyme-themed exhibits. Visit a medieval castle, complete with moat and guarded by knights in armor. See Rapunzel with her hair let down over the castle wall waiting for her prince to arrive. Climb aboard Captain Hook's boat, see Humpty Dumpty's Wall, or crawl through the tunnel to the middle of "Dog Town," a prairie dog exhibit at the zoo. These are just a few of the many attractions based on our favorite nursery rhymes to see within Storybook Land. Storybook Land

The votes are in and Wylie Park has been named No. 2 in the Nation! "When judges read the nomination for Wylie Park and saw photos, they knew right away that it definitely belonged on the list of our country's Top 10 Lawns for Family Fun'" said Anita Fisher, Briggs & Stratton marketing communications manager. With more than 210 acres of grassland, a myriad of recreational opportunities are available, including camping, picnicking, playground areas, swimming beach, miniature golf, softball, volleyball, horseshoes and miles of rambling recreational trails.

Aberdeen is proud to announce that the Parks and Recreation Department and Wylie Park were awarded the South Dakota 2010 George S. Mickelson Great Service Award for their exemplary job of exceeding visitors' expectations in customer service.

Spend the night in Aberdeen

We encourage you to visit Aberdeen and “Write your own Story.” Aberdeen, were memories are created that will last a lifetime!

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

www.VisitAberdeenSD.com