Yankton

RiverWalk brings outdoor sculptures to downtown Yankton and the Meridian Bridge Plaza located on the beautiful Missouri.


Our goals are to add art to our city that will inspire and entertain, give visitors a new way to spend time in Yankton, and beautify the downtown and other public places. Yankton is a vibrant city located on the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota. About 15,000 people call Yankton home. Once a rough and rowdy frontier town, today’s Yankton features a vibrant, historic downtown bordered by the last wild stretch of the Missouri River. Visit Yankton and you’ll experience the beauty and adventure of the river and Lewis and Clark Lake along with a colorful college town with exciting recreation, dining and cultural surprises. Visit www.YanktonRiverWalk.org to find out more about our sculpture project.

Map

Find all of our favorite sculptures around town on the map.

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Arts & Culture

  • 1105 W. 8th St.
    (605) 668-1011 or (855) 686-2789
    Bede Art Gallery provides a cultural center where professional artists showcase their work. The gallery, located in the lobby of Marian Auditorium on Mount Marty College campus, is named after and in remembrance of the Benedictine monk, Bede the Venerable. Monthly exhibits from regional artists are featured throughout the school year, many with an artist’s Gallery Talk and reception. A student exhibit highlights the end of each semester. The gallery is open to the public at no cost from Sept. through May. Open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 508 Douglas Ave.
    (605) 665-9754
    This finely preserved Civil War building is the home of Yankton Area Arts Association and provides a charming setting for monthly art exhibits, receptions and meetings. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and large classroom in the basement. Historically, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) built the hall in 1887 as the Phil Kearney Post No. 7, a meeting place for Union veterans and their auxiliary. Call for more information, gallery exhibits, special events and rentals. Open Monday – Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery is handicap accessible.
  • 610 Summit St.
    (605) 665-3898
    Take a step back in time as you enter the Dakota Territorial Museum. The museum holds a large collection of rare memorabilia of early life in the Dakota Territory. Some of the exhibits include the musical instruments of Felix Vinatieri, the band leader for General George Custer’s 7th Calvary band, a Max Copper Vintage Boat Motor and fishing collection, Great Northern railroad caboose, 1870s log house and one-room country school. Summer hours include May 1 through Sept. 30, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from Noon – 4 p.m. Winter hours are Oct. 1 through April 30, daily from Noon – 4 p.m. and by appointment year-round. Admission is free will donation.
  • Between 2nd and 5th Streets & Linn and Burleigh Streets
    (605) 665-2263
    www.historicdowntownyankton.com
    Stroll through the downtown area and browse many individually owned and operated businesses and unique shops. You will discover specialty gift, clothing and antique shops. As well as art galleries and a variety of home furnishings, decorating, business services, food, drink, entertainment, and overnight accommodations to suit your needs. Historic Downtown Yankton offers small town charm, unique architecture and area attractions and events all year-round. Located along the Missouri River – featuring the Meridian Walking Bridge – just blocks away from historic neighborhoods, sites, museums and community parks.
  • Four miles West on Highway 52
    (402) 667-2546
    Gavins Point Dam, located on the Missouri River, was completed in 1957 as part of the Pick-Sloan Plan. The dam and powerplant are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tour the powerplant and learn how it operates. See the generators in action! Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday – Sunday and holidays tours begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tours are available to groups off season by appointment. No purses, bags, cameras, cell phones, food or drink allowed in the powerplant. IDs are required for those 17 and older.
  • The Mount Marty College campus is alive with the arts highlighted by the Bede Art Gallery and classic sculptures at the Mount Marty Monastery.

Events

  • August 18th, 19th, 20th
    A can't miss weekend. The City of Yankton comes alive with an arts festival, parades, live entertainment, car shows, free children’s activities and fireworks.
  • July 19, 2017
    Inspired by the Dîner en Blanc concept born in Paris and adopted by many cities around the world, Yankton Area Arts introduced a similary chic picnic on the Meridian Bridge. Enjoy art in action, live music and dinner.
  • With over 50 restaurants in the area, Yankton has something for every taste. From fine dining, casual and boasting one of the best pizza houses in the country you can take your pick. Add to your experience and visit the area wineries to complete your cultural adventure.
  • Experience the local wineries of the Yankton Area, all within 45 miles of Yankton for a unique taste of Yankton.