Life in Mitchell

We're a unique and surprising place, offering the best of small-town living with bigger possibilities.

Dining, Drinks & Desserts

With over 50 restaurants to choose from, residents in Mitchell have more dining options per capita than any other city in the state! Enjoy a variety of national and local eateries, from a date-worthy steakhouse to a casual meal at a local diner or a quick bite for lunch.

Coffee shops (and coffee huts), sweet treats bakeries, ethnic and fast-casual options round out a dining menu that balances the filling and the familiar.

See the list of all Mitchell’s dining options here.


The secret is out: Mitchell is the destination for gift and home décor shopping in South Dakota. (If you find that unexpected, you haven’t seen our historic downtown!)

Mitchell offers the best of small-town living with bigger-city possibilities, and that includes being a full-service retail community. From sports gear to home décor, a costume shop to furniture, boutiques to antiques, there is little you can’t find in Mitchell. Browse a list of local retailers here.


In Mitchell, we enjoy an unparalleled lifestyle – outside expectations. We take pride in our rich history and Midwest tradition, and that includes recreation that spans all four seasons.

Take the family out for a splashing good time at the Mitchell Aquatic Center, where you can swim laps in the 50-meter 6-lane competition pool or try out the double slide that runs over 100 feet. This waterpark has something for the whole family with zero-depth entry, a water walk, sprayers, slides, and more.

Lay out the picnic blanket for free outdoor concerts by the Mitchell City Band, or run off energy at any of Mitchell’s 20+ public parks and beaches, including basketball courts, sand volleyball pits, softball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, and more.

If it’s your four-legged family member with energy to burn, the Mitchell Dog Park features over 3 enclosed acres tailored for both large and small dogs with fencing and shade and equipped with drinking fountains, benches, and gravel pathways.

Ride through town on the bike and walking paths, or take your best shot at one of our two 18-hole golf courses. Build memories while building snowmen at the large open park spaces around town. Or for the thrill of winter, go sledding at the Amphitheatre along Lake Mitchell.

Head indoors for movies, live theatre performances, museums, bowling, open gyms, open ice skating, vocal and instrumental concerts and craft shows. Or check out what special events are happening in town, from craft shows to car shows to parades, festivals, running events, and more, all on the community calendar.

Healthcare & Wellness

Mitchell offers a full range of medical and health services, including:

  • Family Medicine
  • Hospital & Urgent Care
  • Chiropractic
  • Pediatric Care
  • Dental and Orthodontic
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Assisted Living
  • Cancer Care
  • Diagnostics
  • Dialysis
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Health & Rehabilitation
  • Hearing Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Long-term Care
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Labs
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgical
  • Urology

Business & Banking

A full list of local businesses can be found here.

Located along the fiber backbone and Interstate 90 in eastern South Dakota, home to a municipal airport, and bisected by two rail lines, Mitchell is likely beyond what you would expect to find here. A community uniquely positioned for business success, our economy is broad and diverse, thanks to our lower cost of living, communications technology, geographic location and highly productive workforce.

From independent community banks to large, national outfits, Mitchell offers a range of banking, financial, and insurance services to fit your needs. A list of these businesses can be found here.

The community has an international presence in several industries, including hundreds of jobs in manufacturing and communications consulting. Named one of the top entrepreneurial communities in America by Entrepreneur magazine, Mitchell is dedicated to attracting and retaining small businesses as well as major industries from around the world.

Local Attractions

Mitchell is home to a number of unique attractions beloved by visitors and locals alike. In addition to rich history, each hosts special events throughout the year and plays a special role in Mitchell's vibrant quality of life. Don't miss: