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Madison is a city of 7,300 people (2019) between Lake Herman and Lake Madison in Southeast South Dakota. It is home to Dakota State University.

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Map of Madison (South Dakota)


  • Madison Historic District - Bounded roughly by Egan Ave. (both sides), Washington, 4th and 7th Streets
  • John C. Green Art Studio, 111 S Egan Ave, +1 605-256-3610. John Green is a local artist who is acclaimed nationally for his realistic paintings of wildlife, rural areas, and people.
  • Lake County Museum, 221 NE 8th St, +1 605-256-5308. It exhibits objects of cultural, developmental, and historical value of the Lake County area from the mid-1800s to the present.
  • 1 Lake Herman State Park. Lake Herman State Park (Q25004789) on Wikidata Lake Herman State Park on Wikipedia


  • Lake Herman and Lake Madison. Madison sits between these two lakes. Lake Herman has a state park near it for hiking, picnics, camping, etc. Swimming, fishing, and water sports are available at both lakes.
  • Dakota Cinema, 1427 NW 2nd St, +1 605-256-4981. Theatre showing two movies every night, usually at 7:15PM and 7:30PM. Also occasional matinees or midnight showings of popular movies.
  • Cherry Lanes, 1413 NW 2nd St, +1 605-256-4954. Bowling alley. Galactic bowling on weekends, lanes and whole establishment available for rent. Call for availability--must work around league scheduling.
  • 1 Prairie Village (Threshing Jamboree), 45205 SD Highway 34, +1 605-256-3644. A "living museum," Prairie Village boasts over 40 antique-filled buildings, including Lawrence Welk Opera House, sod and log houses, a country school, churches, one of the last remaining chapel roadcars and agricultural displays. Surrounded by two miles of railroad track which can be ridden every Saturday at 2PM. Or take a ride on one of the last remaining steam-powered carousels. Biggest event of the year and best time to go is during the annual Threshing Jamboree at the end of the summer.
  • Madison Golf and Country Club, SD 34 & 81 W, +1 605-256-3991. Located just west of Madison near Prairie Village and Lake Herman. This course is an 18-hole regulation length private golf course. It features 6,162 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The Madison Country Club golf course opened in 1946.


  • Four Seasons Flea Market, 223 N Egan Ave, +1 605-256-6696. Flea market situated in downtown Madison. Interesting place to visit because it sells items from all generations--clothing and jewelry from all generations, records, movies, knick knacks, as well as a collection of Avon makeup.
  • The Shepherd Shop, 107 Egan Ave N, +1 605-256-9594. Sells Christian books, music, and gifts.
  • Jewelry Clinic, 109 W Center St #1, +1 605-256-3183. Small jewelry clinic--watch, clock, and jewelry repair, resizing, etc. Also sells beautiful handmade jewelry and an assortment of clocks.


  • El Vaquero, 222 NE 2nd St, +1 605-427-0084. Widely acknowledged by locals as the best restaurant in town. Serves authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices. The decor is also charming--booths, tables, and chairs are handpainted in a Mexican folk-art style.
  • Second Street Diner, 610 S Washington Ave, +1 605-256-4441. All-American food, 1950s-themed diner. Sandwiches, burgers, excellent malts and pie, and more.




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Routes through Madison
Watertown ← Jct W E  N  S  → Jct W E → Jct Yankton

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