Nestled on the eastern foothills of the Black Hills, Rapid City shines as the hub of this legendary region's vacation activities. Five year-round museums, 17 movie theaters, eight area golf courses and more than 4,000 guest rooms in local hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, resorts and campgrounds accommodate visitors seeking fun and adventure. To the east lie the mysterious Badlands; to the north stands Devils Tower; turn south to Wind or Jewel Cave National Parks, Custer State Park, or Crazy Horse Mountain carving now in progress; or head 23 miles to majestic Mount Rushmore.
Also, each year there are hundreds of events in Rapid City, from concerts, hockey games, fairs, festivals, stock shows and much more!
Located in the heart of Downtown Rapid City. It is a fun-filled public space that features special events, arts & culture, concerts, ice skating & interactive fountains. Main Street Square is a destination the whole family can enjoy. It's [Fun]2!
Free family fun; historic Rapid City attraction! Experience towering, life-sized Dinosaur replicas. Located on beautiful Skyline Dr. w/ spectacular 100 mile view of the Hills. Listed in National Register of Historic Places. Blocks from Downtown.
A free family attraction just minutes from Rapid City. Come experience life on a working Alpaca farm! Enjoy a family picnic and have the opportuntiy to feed the animals. See Haucayas and Crias (babies) up close! Fun & educational for the entire family! Open year round, 7 days a week. Call for hours.
Enjoy one of the Black Hills largest indoor hotel water parks! Kids love sliding down two-165 ft water slides, shooting water cannons from the deck of a pirate ship & playing beneath a mushroom of cascading water. Great fun for all ages! Free for our guests!
From the comfort of your own vehicle, observe black bears, mountain lions, wolves, elk, & other North American wildlife in their natural environment. Take Babyland area where younger & smaller animals frolic in the outdoors & the grizzly bear roams. Cub Grub Snack Shack. Bear's Den Gift Shop.
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Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Things to See & Do
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture by artist Gutzon Borglum. The figures of America's most prominent U.S.
If you like taking risks but you’re not quite up to climbing a 7,500-foot mountain or skydiving, gambling in South Dakota may be just the vacation fun you are looking for! Visitors who prefer testing their luck at slot machines, blackjack or poker will find plenty of delight in Vegas-style gaming at Deadwood's thirty casinos. Throughout the state you will find nine Tribal Casinos and statewide video lottery machines.
“City of Presidents” sculptures in Rapid City reveal this region’s patriotism and fondness for our nation’s leaders. In fact, Rapid City has been honored with the designation of "Most Patriotic Best Small Town in the United States" in part because of this fantastic city tour. Standing or seated on busy street corners downtown, life-sized bronze statues of 42 U.S. Presidents surprise pedestrians and motorists.
The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling, the uncrowded, natural surroundings of the Black Hills and Badlands are an outdoor mecca with over 450 miles spread across 75 different trails.
Places to Stay
Platinum awarding winning hotel 100% non smoking. Spacious suites, sleeping up to 6 people- perfect for families! Free internet, business center, fitness room, pool, hot tub, guest laundry, and free deluxe hot breakfast. Convention center/meeting space available. Steakhouse directly in front of hotel. Easy access to: shopping, Mt. Rushmore, all attractions, national and state parks.
Gold Award winning hotel. Business center, free wireless internet, exercise room, guest laundry, indoor pool & whirlpool. Free hot breakfast.We have whirlpool & family suites too! Flat screen TV's. Easy access to Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, Badlands, shopping, restaurants & more!
Rustic, natural, beautiful. If you're looking for unique, historic lodging in a secluded setting, visit Hisega Lodge. Ten guest rooms, each with private bath, seven miles west of Rapid City off scenic Hwy 44. Enjoy the music of the creek and a delicious complimentary breakfast.
Overlooking Rapid City on picturesque skyline drive. Direct access to Mt. Rushmore Road / Hwy 16 & the new Skyline Drive Wilderness trail system. Spectacular 100-mile views of city, plains & badlands. In the city, but in the woods! Affordable rates, free (seasonal) breakfast & hot tub. Wi-fi & open all year! AAA approved.
"I love this country." We have beautiful updated contemporary decor featuring complimentary deluxe breakfast bar, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool with 100' water slide, fitness center, business center & much more at our award winning hotel. Rushmore Mall & theaters within walking distance. AAA 3 Diamond rated.
Newly remodeled, 54 room hotel with lounge and casino. Free continental breakfast, outdoor heated swimming pool and new fitness room. We are conveniently located just blocks off of downtown and near many of the sporting facilities in the city.
Your best location for a Black Hills vacation. Top rated, full service resort, friendly service, free Wi-Fi at sites. All hookups, shelter, patio, heated pools, recreation center, reunion hall, playground, laundry, showers, groceries, gifts. Good Sam.
10 suites/39 rooms. Refrigerator & microwave.Free coffee. Time Out Lounge and Grill on premises, home of the Breeder's Cup $2.7 million, Simulcast horse and dog racing. Place your OTB wagers here. Close to restaurants, shopping, Civic Center, & fairgrounds. Reasonable rates. Major CC's accepted.
Guest houses, cabins, shaded RV sites. Full & partial, many pull-thrus and tent sites. 50' heated outdoor pool and spa. Free Wi-Fi. Laundry, showers, convenience store. Minutes to all attractions Car rentals locally & tours available. Basketball court, group shelters, horse shoe pit, mini golf.
Places to Eat
Family owned & operated. Open 7 days a week. Serving locally raised buffalo & a full menu. Outdoor patio dining, families, groups, parties. Live entertainment. Enjoy service and food South Dakota style!
Ranking in the top 10 Best Restaurants in Rapid City on TripAdvisor, NOSH Mobile Eatery's offerings are sure to please! They have a huge local following and have been featured in Local and National online/prints articles and blogs. Make sure to check their Facebook for Updated Locations and Menu!
It’s a “hole” new healthy & delicious experience for breakfast & lunch! The baking starts at 3am w/ 28 varieties of scratch- made, preservative- free, cowboy size bagels. We blend our own 18 cream cheese flavors w/ real fruit & fresh cut veggies.
Minervas is a proud South Dakota company offering a local history of serving up delicious menu options, with a side of detailed service. Steaks, seafood, pasta. Specialty salad bar, divine desserts, inviting bar with happy hour and Sunday brunch. Warm and friendly. Great for the entire family. Eat, celebrate and support local!
Get your day started right. Open for breakfast 7 days a week (seasonally). Dinner starts at 4pm. Great food, nightly specials, cold beer & great stories! Outdoor dining. On your way to Mt. Rushmore on Hwy 16A, just 8 minutes from Rapid City & 15 minutes from Mt. Rushmore. Call ahead for take-out.
From Horseshoes to Harley's...everyone is WELCOME! The best 1/2 lb. hamburger's, ice cold beer and liquor east of Rapid City! The 108 yr. old building is a historical place where old friends meet and new ones are made. New menu, including a Tuesday night family supper, and home style breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning's.
No major trailhead nearby.