McCrory Gardens

Appalachian novelist Wendell Berry once said, “I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” Such truth is in this statement, taking a walk through the garden is one of the most simple but-profound experiences this life has to offer. Walking through a green haven, pure air that seems to emanate straight from the plants into the lungs, can make anyone feel at peace with the environment. 

There may be no better place in the plains to feel this serenity with nature than at the McCrory Gardens in Brookings, South Dakota. Located in central Brookings near South Dakota State University, there may not be an easier escape to nature. Filled with blooming flowers, local wildlife, paved-brick walkways, benches and numerous trees that offer their shade- this spot is perfect for any type of walker. Whether you visit for the wildlife, plants and trees, a workout, or whatever else- this little urban oasis is a perfect option. 

 

Contact Information

Park Administrators
Reservations and Information:
605-688-6707

Address:
631 22nd Avenue, Brookings, South Dakota 57007, United States

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Location

Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Formal Garden Hours Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m Last admission 4:30 p.m. Arboretum Hours 45 Acres of Varying Tree Collections, waiting to be explored Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset Holiday Hours OPEN: Labor Day, Independence Day and Native American Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ​CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President's Day
  • Prices and Fees

    Members: Free Adults: $6 Senior ages 65 & over: $4 Youth ages 6–17: $4 SDSU Employees: $4 w/SDSU ID Military personnel: $4 w/valid ID Children ages 5 & under: Free SDSU Students: Free w/valid SDSU ID
  • Accessibility

    Paved walkways