- Community Recreation Programs
Aberdeen’s distinctly different seasons provide opportunities for many activities, no matter if it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter. Hike or bike on our recreational trails.Fish in area lakes year-round. Golf on one of four beautiful courses. Rent a surrey and explore Wylie Park.
Refuge, Hunting & Fishing
There are superb public and private golf courses. Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a short drive from the city, is a nationally recognized wildlife sanctuary. Pheasant hunting draws outdoorsmen from across the country each fall, and duck and goose hunters set decoys on the many small lakes and marshes that dot the fabled “prairie pothole country.” Some of the finest walleye fishing on earth can be found only 90 miles away on the Missouri River’s giant Lake Oahe. Scenic and sizeable lakes are near at hand, with Mina and Richmond Lakes only minutes away from the city, and the wet, wooded Glacier Lakes region is an easy, hour-long drive away in the rolling hills to the northeast.
Wylie Park and Storybook Land
Aberdeen has an enviable park system, highlighted by Wylie Park, with its swimming lake, water slide, go-carts, mini-golf, campsites, and bike trails. Adults and children alike are enchanted by Storybook Land and the Land of Oz, adjacent to Wylie Park. At Storybook Land, larger-than-life interactive storybook characters provide an adventure in imagination and memory. You can ride a small-scale train to tour the park or stroll lovely, landscaped walkways.
Sports fans pack the Brown County Speedway to watch auto racing or wager on Thoroughbred horses galloping wire-to-wire. Northern State University fans cheer the winning wolves of Northern State University in exciting NCAA Division II sporting events in the impressive Barnett Center, where dynasties in both the men’s and women’s programs draw huge, noisy crowds. Presentation College is building its own competitive sports programs with football and soccer.
Youth and adult sports are enthusiastically followed and well supported in Aberdeen. In addition to activities such as basketball and football, the community offers youth programs in golf, hockey, BMX biking, baseball, dance, softball, and soccer. A new soccer complex adds a dozen regulation-size fields to existing fields. Hockey is played indoors in the new Odde Ice Arena and Aberdeen is home to the Aberdeen Wings, our North American Hockey League Team. Aberdeen is also home to the NEW The Hotshots Collegiate summer wood-bat baseball team. The Expedition League brings you high-level baseball and, just as importantly, a great way to spend a summer evening with your family.
Brown County Fair
Each summer the best party and family celebration in South Dakota takes place on the outskirts of Aberdeen when the Brown County Fair is held at the county fairgrounds.