Wall Drug-- Free Ice Water
Lots of soveniers, western stuff and Western scenes. Also a soda fountain. Not really a drug store any more.
These picture were taken in late Sept after the tourist season was officially over. During the summer you have to hunt to find a parking place.
The main enterance is in the middle of the block and extends to the north and all the way behind taking up half the city block plus.
The world's most famous drug store
Described by Lonely Planet as, "A tourist trap par excellence," the Drug Store in Wall, is not something that you are likely to be unaware of if you travel just about anywhere in the North Central (Northern Plains) of the United States. They have dozens (if not hundreds) of roadside billboards which advertise "free ice water" for several states in any direction. It is, nevertheless a worthwhile place to stop, and unless you are studying desert flora and fauna may be the closest thing to an attention-grabber which you see for a hundred miles in either direction. They really do have 5¢ coffee, free ice water, and enough diversions and come-ons to warm the heart of schlock-lovers everywhere. I feel that they ought to change the name to General Store because they do have, not only diversions, but an amazing variety of "souvenirs" from all 50 U. S. states, Black Hills gold (in case you did not buy enough when you were in the western part of the state), and even stained glass, as well as Western clothing and other useful items, and the prices are not particularly outrageous. Don’t miss the robotic dinosaurs, jackalopes, and even a picnic within the confines of this almost labyrinthine complex.
Although I made up for it in later visits, I did not spend any money on my first visit to the Wall Drug Store.
Window to the West
No page about Wall, South Dakota would be complete without the section about Wall Drug. This American icon of a location has been around since 1936 and started with glasses of free ice water for travelers. Much has changed since that time, and many consider Wall Drug to be a tourist trap - but really - what do you have to lose by stopping? You can say you visited the crazy, over advertised location of Wall Drug!
Wall is considered to be the entrance to the Western Black Hills area. The Badlands National Park Scenic Loop can be accessed south of Wall on 240 - and is not to be missed!
Along with great nature trails, and stores surrounding Wall Drug, Wall has a nice selection of museums. My favorite would have to be the Wild West Wax Museum located on Main Street. It seems as though the residents of Wall take great pains to encourage tourists to see things other than the Drugstore.
Wall is pretty much a tourist town. Wall Drug is a almost five block area of tourist stuff. The main street is also more restaurants and western stuff. Don't forget to get you free Ice Water at Wall Drug.
More Back Yard Fun at Wall Drug
When I was traveling with the Drum & Bugle Corps we always stopped by Wall Drug for some food and fun. When you take 128 kids and dump them in a location for some R&R we had a good time. I was 20 in these pictures and enjoying myself totally.