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Tips for Visiting Ingalls Homestead

Tips For Visiting Ingalls Homestead – Roadschool Guide

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If you are looking for a great place to take the family that is both historical and educational, then check out the Ingalls Homestead in South Dakota. At Fulltime Families, we help provide ideas for not only RV living and traveling with kids but also homeschooling tips and field trips. Check out our latest roadschool guide below.

Visiting Ingalls Homestead

Location: De Smet, SD

Website: www.ingallshomestead.com

Reciprocal: None

Full Price Admission Cost: $15 for adults and kids; 4 and under free; multi-day tickets available

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the land of Ma and Pa Ingalls’ homestead in De Smet, South Dakota. You will step inside the home they lived in, experience a sod house, explore the barn, and meet a teacher at the one-room schoolhouse to learn about education in the late 1800s.

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Inside The Ingalls Homestead

In addition to everything there is to see, there is so much to do. From making a jump rope and a corn cob doll to take home, to pumping water by hand or riding a pony, you certainly won’t get bored here. Visitors even have the opportunity to drive a covered wagon across the prairie to the schoolhouse.

Driving a wagon at the Ingalls Homestead

If you’re a fan of the Little House books, this is a can’t-miss opportunity to walk on the same ground as the Ingalls family. However, even if you’ve never read the books, Ingalls Homestead is a fascinating trip back in time to see how pioneers lived during the time of westward expansion.

For young children, there are plenty of hands-on activities and outside space to run and play. Meanwhile, older kids and adults will love the history behind the place, making this a great all ages activity. Such a great roadschooling field trip!

Quick Tips

  • Open May to October.
  • Ask for a multi-day ticket if you’ll be in the area for several days.
  • Other Ingalls homes in De Smet require a separate entrance fee.
  • Overnight accommodations include a 4-site RV park, covered wagons, a bunkhouse, and tent sites.
  • Prepare to walk on grass, as there are few paths.
  • Private parking lot with room for one or two RVs.
  • Picnic tables and some packaged snacks available.

Little House on the Prairie

Books To Read

For Littles

For 10 +

For Everyone

Videos to Watch

For Everyone

Other Resources

Activities to Do

Things to Discuss

  • If you lived on the Ingalls Homestead, which chores would you like the most? Which would you dislike?
  • Why do you think the Ingalls family chose to travel westward? Would you be brave enough to be an American pioneer?

Other Area Attractions

Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions and/or museums and zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs, see this post.

Closest Places to Stay on a Budget

For information on camping memberships, see this post.

Related Attractions in Other Areas

For more great roadschool guides, have a look around Wonder Wherever We Wander.


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Ingalls Homestead Homeschool Trip

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How to become a full-time RV Living Family

How To Become A Full-Time RV Living Family

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Do you dream of traveling the USA, but feel like you need to wait until retirement? Did you know there are many full-time RV living families who decided not to wait? Yet, they started out wondering how they could become a full-time RV living family.

If you think that you would like to join them and become a full-time RVing family, then keep on reading. We want to help you make that dream come true! There are many families that decide to start full-time RV living with kids and here we going to go into some of our top tips here.


First, can you live in an RV?

Yes, you really can! Although, you do need to have a legal mailing address and pay taxes to a particular state. Yet, you absolutely can live and travel in an RV with your kids!

Many of our members join Escapees with their first year of their Fulltime Families membership, which is FREE when they join Fulltime Families.

As an Escapees member, you can join their mailing service and pay a small fee each month to have all of your mail delivered to an address that is assigned to you. Then you pay taxes in that state and have your mail forwarded to the campgrounds that you stay at.


How does a family live in an RV?

How does a family of 3, let alone a family of 8, live in an RV and fit? Well, most of our members will agree that there is an adjustment period. Yet, we’ve all made it work!
How to live in an RV full-time

It’s all about the mindset. Living in a small house on wheels often means taking on a minimalist lifestyle. Buy only the things you need to live in an RV and find ways to live simply.

Do you really need 20 sweatshirts for one member of your family when trying to live the RV life? Think about living with the least amount of ‘stuff’ as possible, and then donate even more.


What’s the best RV to buy?

Deciding on your family RV is different for everyone. Many Fulltime Families members travel and live in a fifth-wheel. Yet, others have found a travel trailer, Class C motorhome or Class A motorhome to work well for their family.

What type of RV is best will vary based on family size, traveling preference, whether you want to move right in or individualize, and much more. If you want more help deciding which is best for your family, we recommend this course by Less Junk, More Journey.


What is the cost of RV living?

One of the most common questions we get asked is “What is the real cost of RV living?”Living in a camper full time

This is a tough one. We have members who get by on very little income, while others spend quite a bit to live the RV lifestyle they want. In short, anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 per month could be argued as ‘needed’ to be a full-time RV family.

You will need to figure in the cost of a truck and camper, or a motorhome and a vehicle to tow. There are expenses such as campground fees, gas, activities, and national park passes.


How do you earn money while traveling?

There are many ways that full time RVing families earn money on the road. Start by thinking about what skills you have that can be translated into a remote or work-from-home job?

Our members have a variety of jobs. Some work remotely online, while others work on site at a location for a period of time and then move according to their job. We have members that take on short-term jobs at places like the Amazon Campforce, theme parks, or retail work.

There are full-time RVing families that earn money from renting out their homes on Airbnb, and others that trade their labor for free camping by workcamping.

Members of our main Facebook group have access to a file listing income sources for many families.

How to become a full-time RV family

How can we keep our RV living costs down?

A great way to keep your RV costs down is to minimize campground expenses and spending at each new location. To learn all about the top camping memberships, check out our blog post on Which RV Membership is Right for You as well as an in-depth explanation of Thousand Trails.

Most RV parks offer weekly and monthly rates, which provide savings over daily rates. While some private RV parks charge extra fees for more than 2 adults, Fulltime Families members get those fees waived at our Family Friendly Campgrounds.

State and National Parks are less expensive than private RV parks, but often don’t have all the amenities such as water, electric, and sewer hookups at your campsite.

Boondocking, or dry camping, is another option. It often entails staying for free generally with no hook-ups, but often with more space and better views than RV parks provide.


What about school?

Most Fulltime Families teach their kids through Roadschooling, a form of homeschooling that takes advantage of the opportunities presented by traveling. Many zoos, museums and science centers are part of one or more reciprocal programs.

Homeschooling on the road

Fulltime Families provides Roadschool Guides for a variety of educational attractions. Our guides include a review, visiting tips, supplemental materials, things to do and discuss nearby attractions to visit and more.

When we say most, we don’t mean ALL members roadschool. Some families register their children to online school programs, follow a specific curriculum, or unschool their children. The best place to find out more about what each family recommends is to connect with other families in our private roadschooling facebook group. You receive access to this group with your membership to Fulltime Families.


How do you make friends on the road?

One of the primary missions of Fulltime Families is to provide a community for full-time RV living families. As a member, you have access to the many private Facebook groups, branches, and future events.RV life on the road with friends

Many families plan their travel around meeting up with friends or spending a season, often winter, in one location with other families.

We offer several events throughout the year and across the country, from week-long rallies or weekend hangouts to one-day field trips.


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Are you ready to hit the road but want some additional help?

If you are new to RV living with kids or haven’t even launched yet, then be sure to check out our RV Family Conference here. Jill and Dustin with Fulltime Families, along with Jill and Tony from Let’s Travel Family and Ashley and Nathan from Mama Says Namaste joined forces and decided to hold the very first RV Family Conference in Tampa, FL February 6-9th, 2019. Click here for more details.




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