Spend the entire day exploring all there is to see and do in the Meridian District! Take in the historic 19th century architecture, take photos with the sculptures and paintings sprinkled throughout the District, and spend some time on the Meridian Bridge that overlooks the mighty Missouri River.
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Play different is our motto, and with diverse attractions we mean it. PLAYX will offer first of its kind indoor entertainment options in Yankton. Budget friendly party options, corporate events, team building and more. Fun for kids, fun for all.
We offer two haunted houses, along with Halloween costumes, home decor and more!
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Dakota Spirit Fountain
Dakota Spirit Fountain was sculpted out of one solid 18-ton block of South Dakota granite. It appears to be made of many layers that represent the variety of people who make up South Dakota’s past and present and sits near Yankton’s south entrance to welcome all.
The Pennington House
This 1875 house was home to Territorial Governor John Pennington and is the only territorial governor’s home left in Yankton. It is now home to South Dakota Magazine and staff there love to give tours during business hours.
RiverWalk is a fun program focused on bringing sculpture installations to downtown Yankton, S.D. and Riverside Park.
Meridian District Art Project
Through art, the MD Art Project will strive to help build a vibrant destination place, a welcoming focal point for community gatherings, and a desirable place to shop, dine and walk.
This memorial is dedicated to all veterans, past, present and future, whose sacrifices continue to protect our freedom. The memorial was designed to be up-lifting and reaching to the stars with the bronze eagle taking flight. The five granite pedestals display lasered scenes particular to each branch of the military.
Market at the Meridian
Every Saturday morning from May through October, you’ll find Yankton’s premier farmers market in the Meridian District. The market is a cooperative for small-scale agriculture and specialty handcrafted producers. Follow their Facebook page for in-season produce, hours, and location.
Meridian Bridge/Meridian Bridge Plaza
Spanning 3,029 ft+ over the Missouri River, the Meridian Bridge is the longest two-level pedestrian bridge connecting two states, NE and SD. It was originally built in 1924 as the first permanent bridge crossing the river. The Meridian Bridge Plaza sits on the north end of the bridge and is a great place for kids of all ages to play on the splash pad and relax in the shade.
Home to Lewis & Clark Theatre Company, this historic art deco style building was built in 1902 and is one of downtown Yankton’s most loved icons.
USS Scorpion Historical Marker
Presented by U.S. Submarine Veterans WWII South Dakota Chapter, this historical marker is located near the Missouri River on the west side of the Meridian Bridge. Scorpion was launched on July 20, 1942 and their first patrol was a hunting and mining mission near Honshu, Japan in April 1943. Scorpion went on three patrols that earned her a battle star.
Dakota Territorial Capitol Replica
This capitol replica symbolizes Yankton as being the first capitol of the Dakota Territory from 1861 to 1883. The replica is patterned after the original Dakota Territorial Capitol built in Yankton in 1862 and torn down in 1886. For rental and viewing of the capitol, contact Yankton Parks & Recreation Department.
Riverside Baseball Field
Riverside Baseball Field at Bob Tereshinski Stadium is located right along the scenic Missouri River and features a turf infield, completed in 2014. Situated next to Riverside Park, the baseball field is at the intersection of Pearl and Levee Streets.
Missouri National Recreational River
Our stretch of the Missour River is in fact a National Park! This area of the river has been preserved as a relatively natural free-flowing area that is great for paddling. Running alongside the river are miles of trails for hiking, biking, and walking. Stop by the National Park Service office on 2nd St. for more information.