We had some great weather while we were in South Dakota, so we spent a lot of time outside – exactly what we wanted to do! One afternoon we went to the Ingalls Homestead by Grandma and Grandpa’s house. The Ingalls Homestead is a “living prairie” where families can experience what life was like as a pioneer…for example, what school, houses, farming, transportation, etc. were like over a century ago.
We can see the Ingalls Homestead (and the horses there!) from Grandma and Grandpa’s backyard, so we were excited that the weather finally cooperated so that we could visit (we weren’t so lucky on previous trips).
Grandma and Grandpa always talked to Noah about going for a horse-drawn wagon ride there, so that of course was the first thing we did. Here are some fun photos of our wagon ride. Yeah, those are huge draft horses!
And here’s a short video of Noah enjoying the ride. Note: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.
Noah got to see lots of other animals there too: kittens, chickens, miniature ponies and even a two-week old foal (baby horse). Even though he always stayed at a safe distance, the animals were definitely Noah’s favorite part.
After we played with the animals in the barn, we went up into the hayloft to check out the exhibits there. Noah (and even the big kids!) got to sit in old-time coaches, buggies and sleds. Scoot on over! (And yeah, remind me about this the next time I complain about the metro. Ha.)
Visiting the Ingalls Homestead was a great way to spend a nice afternoon. Noah had fun just walking around and soaking up the sun – we all did.
We ended our visit with a quick spin on the old-fashioned merry-go-round. Check out this short video. Weeeeeeee! We’ll definitely have to visit the animals again the next time we travel to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.