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Vacation in Aberdeen - South Dakota

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Area Overview

The railroad played a vital part in the history of Aberdeen. We are named after Aberdeen, Scotland, the hometown of the Milwaukee Railroad President, Alexander Mitchell. This city became known as the Hub City of the Dakotas due to the many rail lines converging in Aberdeen from all directions much like spokes on a wheel joining at its hub. The city grew rapidly and today Aberdeen has diversified into a strong agriculture, manufacturing, and service center. Families enjoy its hometown allure and the many educational and social opportunities.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Aberdeen has wonderful annual events, free attractions, and affordable family fun. We have two state parks within a few miles of the city, many hotels, local campgrounds, and hunting lodges for visitors to stay during their visit. Storybook Land and The Land of Oz is a unique experience that offers hours of entertainment. Wylie Park has multiple activities for children and adults alike. The Aberdeen Aquatic Center has a leisure pool, three different slides, a lazy river, and an eight-lane lap pool.

Cultural Activities

We have art and cultural centers and are a center for thousands of shoppers in the northeast part of South Dakota. Northern State University and Presentation College play a vital part in Aberdeen’s life.


There are so many great places to visit in Aberdeen. To top the list of favorites is Wylie Park’s Storybook Land and The Land of Oz. This park’s multiple activities provides days of entertainment for families. The Aberdeen Aquatic Center is another top favorite during the hot summer days. Downtown Aberdeen offers shopping, eating, and a visit to the Dacotah Prairie Museum and the Capitol Theatre. The Aberdeen Mall is growing and has many great shopping opportunities.

Aberdeen is a city of Midwest hospitality mixed with metropolitan progressiveness and it provides an exceptional quality of life. 2016 is the year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Storybook Land! This celebration will be ongoing during the summer months. Aberdeen residents and many visitors agree that Storybook Land, The Land of Oz, and Wylie Park are our hidden treasures and a must to see!


We know that ease of travel is important to your attendees. Aberdeen is conveniently located on U.S. Highways 12 & 281 in Northeastern South Dakota. If you require air service, the Aberdeen Regional Airport, serviced by SkyWest and private aviation companies, makes flights into Aberdeen convenient for your convention attendees. Car rental agencies are available on-site to provide all your local transportation needs. Taxi service along with Ride Line allow visitors to enjoy Aberdeen's attractions.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  0.6  11.0  21.4  0.5 "
 February  8.8  18.6  28.5  0.5 "
 March  21.2  30.7  40.2  1.3 "
 April  33.4  45.4  57.4  1.8 "
 May  45.6  57.9  70.2  2.7 "
 June  54.8  66.8  78.7  3.5 "
 July  59.7  72.2  84.7  2.9 "
 August  57.4  70.5  83.5  2.4 "
 September  46.5  59.8  73.0  1.8 "
 October  34.4  46.8  59.2  1.6 "
 November  19.7  29.3  38.8  0.8 "
 December  6.3  16.0  25.7  0.4 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Aberdeen thrives on promoting our great city to locals and travelers. With the addition of new businesses and dining, Aberdeen continues to be an attraction vacation and business destination. This summer and fall, thousands will gather at our fairs and festivals. Aberdeen will again welcome hunters from across the nation to “Limit Out” and enjoy world class pheasant hunting.


With over 880 hotel rooms and 3 full-service convention facilities to choose from, Aberdeen can fulfill any wish on your convention list. From popular economy lodging to elegantly appointed bi-level suites, there are accommodations for every taste and price range. Our wide range of 70+ restaurants will satisfy everyone’s taste buds – from fresh seafood and ethnic specialties to the American classics including South Dakota specialties like walleye and bison.


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