Literary Tourism: Storybook Island in South Dakota

In the home state of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie books, there’s another happy little bookish place: Storybook Island in Rapid City, South Dakota.

It’s a free theme park, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

I should have assumed it was a park for children and a common place for children’s birthday parties. But I strolled around the park, skipping toward my favorite characters and snapping pictures of the cutest figures anyway.

Here is only a sampling of the delightful friends at the park. There are so many more, and a handful I didn’t even recognize.

Storybook Island


Little Bo Peep




Winnie the Pooh Pals


Wizard of Oz

A park dedicated to children’s books would be incomplete without a Little Free Library.

Little Free Library