|Address:||510 Main St, Wall, SD 57790, USA|
|Working:||7AM–9PM 7AM–9PM 7AM–9PM 7AM–9PM 7AM–9PM 7AM–9PM 7AM–9PM|
This place is a trip and a must visit. The selection of stores is the perfect celebration of American gaudiness and prepares you for visiting the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore -- not saying that the giant carvings of white dudes chiseled out of ancient granite is American gaudiness but if the shoe fits your view so be it. Make sure to head out back and mount the giant fiberglass jackalop, drive fake covered wagons and dodge a mechanical dinosaur. For the Christians, after you finish your visit to the American-style fun house, head back inside and go worship at a narrow but towering chapel that has walls built from pale brown bricks. Youll be amazed that after all the shouting, people seem to fall quiet. Then turn around and buy some drugs -- this is a drug store dont you know. Love the made-to-order breakfast here (skip the buffet) even though its overpriced. The book store is a great mix of books that will make you believe in the myth of the wild west. Buy a book about the cowboys and then one about the Indians and then head across the hall to buy $500 cowboy boots or $15 moccasins. Dont forget to pose with the wooden prostitute, multiple wooden cowboys or the stuffed bison in the hallway. And, partner, get your fortune told by a dude in a glass box. Wall Drug may be the perfect metaphor for America in the late-twenty teens. If not a metaphor, then certainly a simile.
Significance of this place has nothing to do with T-shirts,funny bumper stickers, mediocre food,or unusual objects that you can take a picture of with your family. The significance of this place has to do with one of the most important concepts known to man, HOPE. Go here to read the story of the couple that created it. This couple endured hardship and instead of becoming bitter, got creative and became better. This couple never relinquished hope, maintained faith in their God, were delivered from sorrow through this faith, offering a legacy of deep entrenchment and commitment to their God. The Success at wall drug is a testament to the enormous economic gain that can come from faith in God, linked with simple, marketable ideas, executed within a free market society. Notice the chapel in one of the main buildings. The purpose of wall drug Is not to enhance a second generations family fortune. It is to honor faith in a faithless society. I have yet to do my homework but I am most interested in reviewing the foundation that most likely exists because of wall drug. I expect they are doing wonderful works with the abundance of money that must flow into this business. Recommend you go to wall drug, walkabout and enjoy the tourist trap ephemera. Know what the true gift wall drug is to America. FAITH!
Visited the gift shop that was very clean and merchandised well. I chose a tee shirt to perchase and went to checkout. I attempted to pay with my Discover card and was told by the cashier my card was declined. I ask the cashier if their system accepted Discover and if there was a possible issue with their system? She looked away. (I knew very well there was no nor has there ever been an issue with my card. This can be verified by Discover and I will be happy to supply that information.)I ask if she understood me question. This question was ask because the cashier was not a native of the US and I wanted to make sure we did not have a language barrier. Next a male associate ask what does the sign on register say? There was a sign that read we accept Visa, Master Card and Discover. Evidently he too did not understand my question. I did not ask if they had use of a computer to make a sign to include any information they choose. I ask if their system had a issue processing Discover cards. Perhaps the male associate should be more astute in processing information instead of being rude to a customer. I did want the merchandise so I purchased with another card but due to customer treatment by these associates I will not recommend or return to this store.
I love going every year to Wall drug, it is worth every second of the 6 hour drive it takes to get there, I also love walking through everything they have, The gift shops were just filled with so much stuff Like plastic bow and arrows, dinosaur figures, jackalopes, sling shots, mugs, magnets, candy, and other cool souvenirs and knick knacks. The robotic T.rex is so cool, along with the piano playing gorilla and animatronic cowboy band, the restaurant has great food and I cant tell you how much I love the Jackalopes you can put on your...Wall, haha. They have an arcade for the kids who dont respect the western and lively old feel of Wall Drug. Is it super hot the day you come? Dont worry they have free ice water and sprinklers. The workers are very nice, the cashier I talked to seemed to really love his job and even gave me a free piece of plastic I take home that has a blank space where you write how far Wall drug is from your town and put it in your home, now you always know how far Wall Drug is and it looks so nice on the wall. It has the logo in that nice green color! It really is the number 1 Road side attraction.
First off let me say that I would give this place negative stars if it was an option. After visiting I envision this is what hell is like. HUGE TOURIST TRAP! Very busy and chaotic. There is mostly just souvenir shops, everywhere you look. Crappy souvenirs; rocks, geodes, cheap trinkets (that are expensive). They have an insane amount of billboards leading up to this place, from the moment you hit the South Dakota border (so about 300 miles of billboards), claiming to be an American Icon!!! They advertise homemade donuts, which we couldnt find anywhere, I guess they could have been in one of the very few cafe/restaurants but its not advertised anywhere once you get there, I was so looking forward to this so I was disappointed. They have a small splash pad there, but personally I dont want my kids running around these shops soaking wet. One and only positive was the homemade fudge shop, the fudge is excellent and decent priced. Do yourself a favor DRIVE ON BY!!!!
Wall Drug is absolutely ridiculous. For 400 miles you will see billboards for "Wall Drug", the elusive attraction located right on i90, that will bring you "free ice water" and "5¢ coffee". Let me dispel all these misconceptions they produce on your long drive to Mt. Rushmore because the entirety of this town is a sham. Wall Drug essentially is a Drug store that figured out if you place hundreds of billboards along a highway, you can create enough hype for absolutely nothing, that people will buy merchandise that literally is designed around the hype they created. The entire town of Wall is an advertisement. Please do not waste your time unless you need to get another case of water or some snacks. Other than that, Wall Drug is a entity that has taken advantage of the fact everyone is driving to Mt. Rushmore or Crazy Horse, and used it to sell heaps upon heaps of useless souvenir garbage. Wall Drug is THE tourist trap to end all tourist traps, beware.
When you walk thru the doors you understand that you just came home. The home you may never have experienced - but the home you always knew existed somewhere between your favorite childhood memories, faded by time and and distance and your dreams of enchantment both familiar and unknown - at journeys end. Be prepared to spend a lot of leisure time, and a little money. Your sights may be set on the horizons - but you will need this time to rest, eat first rate food, browse the entire store and take it all in. While youre at it, you may find the perfect gift for a friend or family member. Maybe the perfect gift for that special someone - YOU! Dont miss an opportunity of a lifetime. Many of the people you will see when you visit Wall Drug - have been there before. Become another loyal fan of one of Americas most beloved tourist attractions.