Small Market Meetings

JUN 2017

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Page 23 of 43 Meeting Ideas 24 Custer State Park South Dakota Custer State Park is much more than an outdoor recreational area. As a 71,000-acre wildlife preserve, this expanse in the Black Hills region provides a rare opportunity to glimpse 1,300 free-roaming buffalo, a remnant of the great herds that once swept across North American plains by the millions. "The park is known internationally for its free-roaming wildlife," said Gina Konechne, regional director of sales and marketing at the park. "Many of the encouraged group activities involve experiences with the fantastic spread of different animals out here." For an after-hours adventure, attendees can savor the sights along a guided horseback ride, veer off-road during the Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour or venture out to a mountain meadow canyon for the Hayride and Chuckwagon Cookout. Hiking, paddleboarding, mountain biking and kayaking are high in demand among visitors as well. There are four beautiful lodges in the park, three with meeting space. The State Game Lodge, the largest and most popular venue for meeting groups, once served as President Calvin Coolidge's summer White House during the 1920s. Its meeting facilities include a 4,000-square- foot open-air pavilion and two smaller banquet halls with creekside patio access. The Sylvan Lake Lodge features a 3,500-square-foot wooden interior with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Blue Bell Lodge offers a 1,000-square-foot banquet room. Courtesy Custer State Park Resort Game State Lodge offers a sweeping view of South Dakota's Black Hill region.

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