October usually is about the end of the main Laura Ingalls Wilder season for the year. If you plan a Laura trip during or after October, make sure you call ahead. They may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see. On the plus side you get autumn foliage and then snow photos. I called around to find out when the Laura museums were officially closing for the year. Find contact information for the homesites/museums here:
The last few years I’ve been so late on it I’ve combined it with my Christmas event list. This year it will be coming later as a separate post.
Pepin, WI – Closed for the season Oct. 15, 2017.
Independence, KS – They closed for the season November 1, 2017.
Walnut Grove, MN – Museum grounds closed for the season November 1, 2017, but their Gift Shop/Visitor Center will remain open during November and December 23, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday.
Ticket sales for the 2018 pageant begin November 1, 2017. 1-888-859-3102.
Burr Oak, IA – Closed October 21, 2017. After Labor Day they are only open Thursday- Saturdays 10-4 with no tours after 3:00pm.
De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – open all year with slightly reduced hours during winter, Monday–Friday 9 am -4 pm. They suggest tour times at 10:00am and 2:00pm.
Ingalls Homestead – Open depending on the weather through October and then closed at the end of October 31, 2017. Office remains open for making reservations, etc. Call and leave a message if they don’t pick up. Scheduled activities only take place through September 30, 2017. People are welcome to walk around even after they are closed for the year. Look for maps in plastic holders beside visitor center/gift shop doors.
Mansfield, MO – Season ends November 15, 2017.
Will reopen for one day for their Christmas event December 3, 2017.
Malone, NY – Closed October 1, 2017. Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available through October. Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing email@example.com Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 2, 2017 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Spring Valley, MN – They are open everyday till Sept. 4, 2017. Then they are only open weekends (Sat. and Sun.) in Sept. and Oct. Last day of the season will be Oct. 29th. but they reopen for Christmas teas. Christmas Teas will be Dec. 2-3, 2017. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. For more information contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2017.
Vinton, IA – Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School gave me this advice.
319-472-5221, Extension 1226
319-472-5221, Extension 1110
We are open for tours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each tour takes 1-1/2 to two hours. Wheelchairs are available. There is no place that we go on the tour that a wheelchair cannot go. If needed, tours may be given on Saturday or Sunday.
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