Storybook Land is the crown jewel of Aberdeen, South Dakota
Bring Their Fairy Tales to Life
Situated in beautiful Wylie Park, iconic Storybook Land is a must-see for kids and adults alike. Enjoy a world of imagination inspired by nursery rhymes and The Wizard of Oz. Discover life-size characters and interactive scenes pulled right from the pages of beloved nursery rhymes and stories. Brush up on your selfie skills in advance, you’ll find tons of fantastic backdrops to capture the excitement of your visit. Thanks to the generosity of our community, families enjoy this one-of-a-kind destination for free. Storybook Land is no ordinary place, it’s where a simple stroll through the park can turn into a memory that will last a lifetime.
Start your visit with a ride on The Storybook Land Express. It’s a great way to see the entire park along with the small neighboring zoo, and it’s a family favorite. The loading station is an authentic 1881 train depot that recaptures the excitement and history of the railroad era when Aberdeen earned its nickname the Hub City. Jump aboard daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day between 10am and 9pm. Tickets are $2.25 each and can be purchased in the Visitors Center.
Magic and Wonder
Surrounded by a moat and guarded by knights in shining armor, the medieval style castle is home to many special events and performances. It is home to the national award-winning Storybook Land Theatre Company that presents a series of children’s plays each summer. Three performances are presented each week from mid-June to early August. Take part in the magic on
Tuesdays at 10:00am, Wednesdays at 7:00pm and Fridays at 7:00pm. The castle is available to rent for group picnics, receptions and special events as well.
What Visitors are Saying
“It is so fun for young AND old alike and was a great family vacation for us!
Heather P. // Grand Forks, ND // TripAdvisor
Experience Characters of your Childhood
Walk by Humpty Dumpty to ride one of the park’s newest attractions. This coaster dips, turns and flies 20 feet in the air along the track at speeds up to 20 mph. Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Jack & Jill
Join Jack & Jill as they venture up the hill to fetch a pail of water. After climbing the hill, remember to take the long rolling slide back down the hill to avoid the same fate as the characters in the childhood-favorite rhyme.
Think you have what it takes to be one of Captain Hook’s band of pirates? Take hold of the wheel and pilot the ship to its destination. A slippery slide offers a safe exit from the main deck on the ship. Ahoy matey!
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
The Land of Oz features the best-known storybook of all time: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by one-time resident, L. Frank Baum. You’ll be immersed in the tale starting at Dorthy’s home in Kansas, transported through a twister to Munchkin Land and travel on the yellow brick road to discover the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Continue all the way to Oz where you’ll find yourself flying high above the park in the Wizard’s Balloon.
Treat each of your munchkins to a free ride on us!
Pure Delight for All Ages
Enjoy a truly magical experience on an enchanting, historic Allan Herschell carousel. This beautiful carousel has 30 hand-carved, hand-painted horses as well as zebras, lions and tigers. Choose your favorite animal and hop on for a dazzling ride. This one isn’t just for the kiddos, adults who jump on this merry-go-round will remember their wonderful childhood memories as well, all while witnessing new ones in the making for their own children.
Enjoy a Bite to Eat
The Visitor Center is located at the entrance of Storybook Land and includes a food concession with indoor seating, two party rooms available for rent and a gift shop. A second food concession area is near the Oz Carousel. You’re also welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy it in one of the many seating areas throughout the park.