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If you have ever driven across South Dakota, you know you cannot miss the multitude of signs advertising Wall Drug. They started by advertising free ice water for travelers, and built it up from there. It has grown into it's own phenomena, a cheesy tourist trap for sure, but well worth a visit if you are in the area! Plenty of activities for kids of all ages, a giant mechanical T Rex, statues of rabbits, buffalo and "jackalopes", all kinds of gifts, souvenirs, fossils, etc. as well as restaurants and shops galore. Hard to describe, next to impossible to NOT stop there after passing 500 or so road signs promoting it's every feature! We had lunch there, the open faced roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy are EXCELLENT! Cold soda and ice cream was also welcome after the opressive heat of the Badlands.
We filled up our water bottles at the free "well" in the courtyard.. but it was a little warm, and tasted kinda funny... we wound up dumping it out later! Had kind of a tinny taste to it. Funny, that the thing that was the original "draw" to this place, was the only thing we didn't like there! We did get several mementos there, such as a magnet, shot glass, and a coffee mug for Dawn, as well as free bumper stickers and a road sign you could take home, with a place to write down how many miles to Wall Drug! A very clever business idea that has grown over the years. Worth a look if passing through!