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8 Best and Fun Things To Do In Sturgis, South Dakota

The historic army post of Fort Meade helped to shape this city in the early stages of its development, from 1878 to 1944. The original name given to it when it was founded (1878) was Scooptown, because of how many of the residents from Fort Meade had scooped up their living to move to, then, Scooptown.

However, the name later changed in honor of General Samual D. Sturgis, an officer of the Civil War Union who had served as commander of Fort Meade. Sturgis later became the county seat of Meade County in 1889.

This helped it grow to become a commercial and trade center for South Dakota, which until then had been a largely agricultural region. The first annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was held in 1938, a tradition that stands until today.

Read on for our list of more fun things to do in Sturgis, South Dakota

The 8 Most Popular Things To Do In Sturgis, South Dakota

8. Black Hills National Cemetery

4.9 ★★★★★ (34 reviews)


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Location: 20901 Pleasant Valley Dr Streeturgis SD

Tel:  605 347 3830

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7. Bear Butte

4.5 ★★★★★ (43 reviews)

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6. Ft Meade Recreation Area Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (79 reviews)


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Location: SD 34 Streeturgis SD

Tel:  605 347 3916

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5. Fort Meade Museum

4.7 ★★★★★ (82 reviews)

Location: 50 Sheridan Street Fort meade SD

Tel:  605 347 9822

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4. Fort Meade

4.7 ★★★★★ (124 reviews)

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Location: Southwest Meade SD

Tel:  605 347 9822

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3. Saab Heritage Car Museum USA – Sturgis Car Museum

4.8 ★★★★★ (187 reviews)

Location: 940 Dickson Dr Streeturgis SD

Tel:  605 720 6398

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2. Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House

4.9 ★★★★★ (199 reviews)

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Location: 3951 Vanocker Canyon Road Streeturgis SD

Tel:  605 347 9463

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1. Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

4.7 ★★★★★ (1,317 reviews)


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Location: 999 Main Street Streeturgis SD

Tel:  605 347 2001

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