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!
Western family experience with pony rides, gun shootouts, gift shops, gem panning, cowboy music, plus more! Servin' up roast beef, roast buffalo and BBQ chicken. Open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day. Reservations requested.
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.
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.
Take a hike! Explore your world! Stop by the SD Game Fish & Parks office to learn about our outdoor heritage through interactive exhibits, hiking/walking trails, hands-on classes and more. FREE admission. Open year-round.
Reptile Gardens is where you'll find the Guiness Book of World Records largest reptile zoo, stunning botanical gardens, tropical birds and orchids, beautiful minerals. Take a phot with one of our giant Aldabra tortoises or watch one of our wildlife shows and meet our baby gator, Fluffy.
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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
AAA 3 Diamond all suite hotel conveniently located off I-90 with convenient access to Mt. Rushmore and area attractions. Spacious suites feature complimentary high-speed internet, microwave, refrigerators, and two LCD televisions. Hotel features a pool, whirlpool, and fitness center. On-site restaurant serves breakfast, dinner, and rooms service.
Choose from numerous breakfast choices served throughout the morning. Private baths, jetted tubs, family suites. Private personal tours are available. Award winning customer service. On site, full service RV sites available & full service restaurant & bar. Group rates.
Off I-90 and 4 miles from the Museum of Geology, this casual hotel is 6 miles from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and The Journey Museum and Gardens.
The bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Suites add sitting areas with pull-out sofas.
On a terraced 4 level hillside w/panoramic views, centrally located in Rapid City close to all attractions. We are a full service destination park w/over 100 mixed spaces from level surfaced full hookup pull thrus to tenting & cabins. Heated pool, free Wi-Fi, laundromat & car rental. Formerly Lazy J.
Tucked away in a secluded valley, surrounded by Black Hills National Forest, sit two quaint cabins comfortably appointed, private outdoor hot tubs offering couples relaxation and privacy like no other. Hiking, swimming, bird watching, star gazing. "It doesn't get any better than this!" Open April - October
At the foot of the Black Hills is where ou will find the area's newest Ramada and convention Center. Our hotel features a welcoming lodge atmosphere, cozy fireplace in the lobby, upgraded amenities and a friendly, professional staff that will make your visit one to remember. We are centrally located at Interstate 90 & Exit 48.
You'll find easy access here, close to all there is to see & do in the beautiful Black Hills. Camp in a quiet & peaceful site among the whispering pines. We offer full & partial pull-thru RV sites, camping cabins as well as tent sites. Our "salt-water" outdoor pool is easy on the environment, skin & eyes. Count on clean restrooms & showers.
Award winning hotel, just 1 block south of I-90. Free wireless internet, deluxe continental breakfast, guest laundry, indoor pool & whirlpool, flat screen TVs. Some rooms have a refrigerator and microwave. We have whirlpool suites & family suites, too! Nearby shopping & restaurants at Rushmore Crossing, Rushmore Mall, and Walmart.
Your first glimpse of the windmill and old log barn tells you you've discovered someplace very special. 3-bedroom country home, fully furnished kitchen, dining room, living room and sun porch. Historic ambience.
Places to Eat
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
No major trailhead nearby.