Mitchell Travel Guide

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Mitchell Things to Do

  • Mitchell's Corn Palace

    Mitchell's Corn Palace is a unique building that holds artwork made of strictly corn! These murals are all over the walls of the Corn Palace, both inside and outside. The corn art ranges from simple images to complex works of art. Hours of work are put into making each of these corn images, and they make new ones each year! Originally established...

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  • Mitchell Corn Palace

    We were driving from Sioux Falls west to the Rapid City when lo and behold, the advertising invites us in to see the Mitchell Corn Palace. A building dedicated to corn.Sure enough the building is covered in dried corn -- picturesque murals made totally of ear corn - inside and out of the Palace. South Dakota is a bread basket -- rows and rows of...

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  • Enchanted World Doll Museum

    If you're into dolls, this would be a great place to visit. (they have star wars too)June through September: Daily: 8am - 8pm March - May and October -November: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm Winter months: By appointment only More info later...

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  • The Corn Palace

    The Mitchell Corn Palace is decorated entirely in corn. There are new designs on a regular basis. The Corn Palace is an impressive achievement in patience and dedication by the community of Mitchell.

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  • So What Exactly is a Corn Palace?

    Mitchell has the one and only Corn Palace in the World. So What?Well. it's a conference center and exhibition hall. There are stage shows and sporting events. And it's a nifty reminder of how hard the farmers in this region to produce their bountiful harvest. The current building was dedicated in 1921, but the tradition of decorating a building...

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  • Thomson Archeodome Research Center

    Finished in 1999 the Archeodome was built over the site of one of the earthlodges. It was built to provide a state of the art, year round teaching and research facilitiy. It also provides a place for visitor to watch the researchers at work with out distubing the site. it is believed it will take almost a hundred years to complete the study of just...

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  • Prehistoric Indian Village 2

    Walk the path across the creek to the entrance of the visitor center. Inside the visitor can view a video about the site, tour a replica of the Indian Earthlodge, and a model of the site as it existed a thousand years ago. There is also a gift shop in the visitors center. From the center, guided tours leave to see the site.Admission is chargedHours...

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  • Prehistoric Indian Village

    Journey back to a thousand year old indian village. The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village represents the remains of a fortified village of native american gardeners and hunters that lived 900 to 1000 years ago along Firesteel Creek, now the shores of Lake Mitchell. The village had about 600 people living in about 70 earthlodges. This site is...

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  • Enchanted World Doll Museum

    If you like dolls, especially old ones, you will like the Doll museum across the street from the Corn Palace. It is a building made to look like a castle.There are many hundreds of dolls dating from the early 1800's to the present. Also buggies, beds and high chairs. Everything from corn husk dolls to Shirley Temple to Barbie and the wives and...

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  • Corn Palace 2

    There are many murals on the outside of the building as well as inside. They have a farmer who specializes in growing different colored ears of corn to be used for the building. There was only 3 colors but he has devopled new ones so now they have about 7 or 8 to work with. There is a stage and a basketball court inside the Corn Palace. This is...

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  • Corn Palace

    Beautiful Murals completely made of ear corn. Back in the early days of South Dakota there were Festival halls built in several large towns to celebrate the harvest. The only one remaining is the Corn Palace in Mitchell. And it is on it's third reincaration. Every year the building is decorated with murals made of corn. They hold a festival when...

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  • Prehistoric Indian Village 3

    You are guided along a brick path that leads you along the forification ditch that was protection from wild animals. Then you see the depression that were the sites of the lodges and the rises that are believed to be trash pits. The first 2 lodges were excavated in 1938 as a WPA project by the University of South Dakota.

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  • Kay's Creation: a statue shop

    Right next to the World's Only Corn Palace is a statue shop--about a quarter city block filled with random statues. Open quite often in the summer. No set hours, though. In the winter, should be accessible through the neighboring coffeeshop. Worth a ramble through.

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  • Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo

    Rodeo held toward the end of July each year. Four nights of ropin', ridin', and the ever popular mutton bustin'. Calling all cowboys and anyone who wants to watch the cowboys. Yee Haw!

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  • Corn Palace decor

    Each year, in the summer, the Corn Palace murals are changed. The abstract decor is changed throughout the summer. The actual murals are changed when the corn is harvested in the fall.The 2004 murals theme is Lewis and Clark (stapled on the building in fall 2003). The Palace was NOT redecorated in 2002 because the drought made corn scarce. The...

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  • Corn Palace 2

    There are murals inside made out of corn too. The inside murals are replaced with new corn about every 5 years.The palace hosts high school and university basketball games, concerts, graduations and other events. During the summer, the main floor of the auditorium is transformed into a large gift shop. Try the popcorn. Mmm.

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  • Corn Palace

    Big building with lots of corn murals.Murals inside and out. There is also a history of the Corn Palace inside with photos from every Corn Palace through the years lining the halls. Info from the brochure:There's been a Corn Palace in Mitchell since 1892 along with a harvest festival to celebrate the fertility of the land and productivity of its...

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  • Corn Palace 3

    They have concerts in here too, usually during Corn Palace Week in the fall. This is Tom Jones performing in August 2003.

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  • Classic Drive In

    Who doesn't love a night at the drive-in theater? Come summer-time, the Starlite Theatre opens north of town. As the sun sets, dancing hot dogs and singing pickles tempt you to visit the consession stand in the middle of the parking lot. Finally, when it is dark, the double feature begins with movies just out of the Luxury 5 Cinema in town....

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  • Corn Palace Stampede Chili Cook-off

    HOT HOT HOT.Ok, eating chili outside in the middle of July--what could make you sweat more? Not much.Contestants make their chili outside over a campfire Sunday morning and are judged for the best chili. After the judges get their share, the public can buy a cup for $2 and go around and get as much and as many different kinds of chili as they can...

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  • South Dakota History & Art

    Middle Border Museum of American Indian and Pioneer Life & Oscar Howe Art Center. The history of South Dakota between the Missouri River and the Minnesota border. The stories of the indians and the homesteaders, the droughts and the whistle of the trains are on display here. Visit the one room school house, the country church and the 1890s' home of...

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Mitchell Hotels

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  • Hampton Inn Mitchell

    1920 Highland Way, Mitchell, South Dakota, 57301, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites...

    810 E Spruce Street, Mitchell, South Dakota, 57301, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Days Inn Mitchell

    1506 S. Burr, Mitchell, South Dakota, 57301, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Mitchell Restaurants

  • Nice deli and coffee shop on the main...

    A good place to stop for a coffee and a sandwich during your visit to the Corn Palace. It's just a few blocks down the street - easy walking distance. The Mad Cow is an easy-going hang-out.

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  • Summer-time Goodness

    A local favorite offering ice cream, footlong hotdogs and chili cheese fries. For good summer food and some of that greasy fast food, you can't beat it! Must try the Kelly Special. Chicken strips with mayo and chili on a bun. Sounds strange but is actually very good!

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  • Cottonwood Canyon Coffeeshop

    Coffeeshop. The only real coffeehouse type place in Mitchell. That alone makes it special. Coffee drinks. Mmm.

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Mitchell Shopping

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    by BLSM Updated Sep 16, 2004

    This is a mega store. They even have a corral in back for you to unload you horse when you stop at Cabelas. They built this store to be a desitination all by itself.

    What to buy: Anything you ever wanted in the way of sporting goods.

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Mitchell Favorites

  • Visit Zeke!

    Take a moment to visit with this regular in the outdoor tourist mall across from the Corn Palace. (He hibernates in the winter.)

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  • Corn Palace

    Corn Palace The Corn Palace was created in 1892. Settlers would display there harvest on the exterior of the building to show the fertility of the South Dakota's harvest. They created murals made of corn, grass, gran, straw and more. FREE ADMISSION.Each year the exterior is recreated with new murals. We enjoyed the pictures of each Corn Palace...

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