Brookings provides a dynamic cultural experience for all ages with access to visual and performing arts, museums, festivals, and historic downtown Brookings.
McCrory Gardens harbors a wide variety of flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses. The gardens comprise about 20 acres of floral botanical gardens and 45 acres of arboretum.
Visitors can enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota at the South Dakota Art Museum. Seven permanent galleries, changing exhibitions, lectures, workshops, guided tours and a gift shop provide a variety of opportunities for all ages to learn about art.
The Agricultural Heritage Museum tells the story of South Dakota’s vast and varied agricultural past and the determination it took to survive on the land.
The Brookings Summer Arts Festival attracts nearly 100,000 visitors during the second weekend in July. From hand-breaded onion rings to fine works of art, visitors can find just about anything to suit their fancy. Live performances and a children’s craft area make this event a favorite outing for families.
Opening in 2010, the Children’s Museum will feature more than 30,000 square feet, which includes interactive, hands-on exhibits. Outdoor exhibits include a flowing stream and a playground.
South Dakota State University offers 200 majors, minors and options; 23 master’s degree programs; and 12 Ph.D. programs. The university energizes Brookings by providing Division I athletics, a new wellness center, performing arts and student organization activities.