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Attractions & Recreational Activities

>> Visit the National Music Museum, on East Clark Street, a popular Vermillion attraction, where you can admire more than 13 000 instruments from Europe and America, including wind instruments, keyboard instruments and a Stradivari, as well as an entire gallery which reveals the history of the American guitar.


>> Explore the historic site of Spirit Mound, situated 5 miles north of Vermillion, featuring beautiful green surroundings as well as a hiking trail, which tells the history of Spirit Mound through the signs spread along it.


>> Visit the Austin Whittemore House, situated on Austin Street, considered to be a `jewel` of the Vermillion area, dating since 1882, and donated to the Clay County Historical Society, in 1970, after passing through several generations.


Today, the house serves more as a museum, often holding various interesting displays, being also used for numerous local activities.


>> Taste a bit of the regional and local history, by visiting the W. H. Over Museum of Natural & Cultural History, situated on Ratingen Street, where you can see artifacts, old photographs, hundreds of stereographic cards, as well as various historical exhibits.


Sports & outdoor events

One of the most popular annual sporting events in South Dakota is considered to be the Annual Mount Rushmore International Marathon formerly known as the Black Hills Marathon, representing the highlight of the year, for runners around the region.


The course of the marathon was modified in 2005, starting and finishing, today, at the Crazy Horse Memorial.


There is also a pre-marathon pasta buffet, which is very much appreciated by locals and visitors, as well.


This fun annual marathon, consisting of a full marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, a 5k run and walk, as well as a kid's race, is actually a fundraising event, which benefits various charity causes in the region, every year.



The list of annual festivals and fairs in Vermillion, SD, includes fun celebrations such as the free, 2-day Robs Rods & Rock'n Roll - South Dakota State BBQ Championship, happening in summer, featuring top rib and BBQ vendors and some of the most popular musical acts in the region, as well as newly added fun, entertaining activities such as the poker run, the BBQ rib fest and the street dance concert.


It is a popular annual event in Vermillion which attracts hundreds of festival-goers, very much appreciated by locals and visitors, alike, described as `a great way to end the summer`.



The downtown area of Vermillion presents a live bar scene, each offering customers a different atmosphere. If you're planning a fun night out, while you're on vacation in Vermillion, you can choose to dance the night away in some of the most popular dancing spots in the city, such as the Char Bar.


For a quiet conversation and a drink, you should consider The Pub, and if you want to add pool and darts to your night out, check out Leo's, the Varsity or Chalky's.


If you want to experience the college nightlife in Vermillion, be sure to plan a night out on a Saturday, at Carey's, a popular nightspot in Vermillion, which attracts graduate students, law and med students, as well as local youngsters and USD faculty.


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