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!
Everyone including adults, will have fun challenging the 37,000 sq. ft. two-level maze. Black Hills history themed mini-golf. Full round, free standing climbing tower. Cool down at Water Wars. Try your skils at Bankshot basketball. Batting cages.
Hills' greatest crystal cave with the best variety of formations. Logomites, frost crystal, stalactites, stalagmites, helectites, and colorful calcite crystals. Adventure tours. Unique gift & rock shops and free geological museum.
On the SD School of Mines campus. World-class fossils of Badlands mammals, marine reptiles & dinosaurs. Superb exhibits of meteorites, minerals, ores & gold replicas. Free admission. Opportunities for summer field paleo classes.
Splash around in South Dakota’s largest indoor waterpark! 30,000 square feet of fun, including six slides, Lazy River, KoKo’s Kingdom for smaller children, arcade w prize redemption & Sliders Bar. Conveniently attached to the La Quinta Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, & coming soon—the Residence Inn by Marriott.
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.
Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Things to See & Do
Limited things to see and do.
Places to Stay
Stay close to a number of national treasures at the Baymont Inn & Suites Rapid City. With easy access to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, our Rapid City hotel is located at the gateway to the Black Hills of South Dakota, allowing guests the opportunity to explore numerous points of interest.
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.
Exit 58 I-90 easy on/off. Your hotel headquarters for all Black Hills attractions. Free Wi-Fi, cable TV with HBO family. Fitness center, business center, complimentary expanded hot breakfast, in room coffee, heated outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, elevator. Adjacent to Chili's. Large vehicle parking.
The closest Hampton to Mt. Rushmore! Easy access to Black Hills attractions, shopping, restaurants, National & State Parks. Enjoy a long list of complimentary amenities including; our free hot deluxe breakfast, internet, 102' waterslide, full sized pool, oversized hot tub, fitness center, business center, 24hr hot tea and coffee, and freshly baked cookies every afternoon.
Your best location for a Black Hills vacation! Small, intimate property away from city noise. Perfectly situated on Hwy 16 between Rapid City & Mount Rushmore. Friendly service, AAA rated, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, continental breakfast, satellite TV. Kings, queens, kitchenettes, log cabins. Heated pools, recreation center, playground, laundry, groceries, gifts.
Closest campground to Cabela's. Easy access from I-90. Deluxe, 50 amp big rig ready sites. Heated pool & spa. Kamp K9 dog park, tours, car rentals, playground. Pancake breakfast, watermelon feeds, cowboy poet. Camping cabins, newly added KOA deluxe cabins. Free Wi-Fi. Close to shopping malls, sports fields & fair grounds.
AAA. Western theme hotel, 267 rooms. All rooms have coffee makes, hair dryer, iron/board. Free high speed Internet access. Indoor water park free to guests, pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center. Minerva's Restaurant, lounge/casino. Meetings up to 1,200. 30 minutes to Mount Rushmore. Near Rushmore Mall & Rushmore Crossing.
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.
Relaxing, peaceful surrounded by trees. Camper cabins, 1, 2, 3 & 5 bed guest houses. Free Wi-Fi at most cabins. Pancake breakfast (seasonal), heated outdoor pool, mini golf, horseshoes, b-ball court. Shelters. Store. Central location to everything!
Places to Eat
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
No major trailhead nearby.