So Much to See, Do, Eat and Buy at Wall Drug Store
Posted On 04/09/2021 09:04:57
South Dakota | Black Hills | Wall | Wall Drug | Free Ice Water | Souvenirs | Travelers Chapel | Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Dessert | Backyard Fun
Sprawling Main Street in Wall, South Dakota, Wall Drug has grown from a 1930s era small-town drug store. It was the billboards advertising "free ice water" that really started attracting customers. The store's reputation, plus those same signs, bring about two million people each year to the store. You can still get free water and five cent coffee - plus so much more. In addition to eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or dessert, visitors can find plenty of souvenirs, gifts, western themed merchandise . . . the list goes on and on!
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Have you shopped at Wall Drug?
After making our way inside, deciding where to go or what to see or do felt overwhelming. The size of Wall Drug definitely blew my mind and it was nothing like a traditional "drug store". With separate "stores" for purchasing food, pharmaceuticals, fudge and everything in between, Wall Drug definitely has the feel of a shopping mall.
It's fun to have a camera along to capture the "picture takin' props" throughout the maze of stores . . . and for the outdoors as well.
There are more souvenirs at this one stop than anywhere else in the region. There's a large selection in all different price ranges making it difficult to choose just one thing. They even have mounted heads of jackalopes!
Although not in full operation during our visit due to the pandemic, we are glad that we followed the advice of the signs inside that said, "Don't miss out on the Wall Drug Backyard". It was easy to imagine how much both kids and adults would enjoy the Backyard activities or available food and drinks.
Having a Travelers Chapel inside a building the likes of Wall Drug was certainly unique ... and probably the only place where there was some peace and quiet.
We enjoyed sharing an early dinner - a hot beef sandwich served with mashed potatoes and homemade gravy and a buffalo burger with fries. Add a slice of cherry pie plus chocolate shakes and we were happy campers!
Finally, we had to sample the "free ice water" that they so heavily advertise!