Things to do in RAPID CITY with kids

Rapid City is a beautiful city in South Dakota, and is in the impressive Black Hills which have some of the most beautiful, frontier-style plains and scenery in the whole country.  And guess what - yep! Rapid City also has some super fun places to visit with kids (and even better - some are FREE!)

The very sweet Storybook Island (Free!) is like a fantasy for kids! With story-book themes playgrounds, a train and even a petting zoo, kids can let their imagination run away with them. They can also enjoy FREE fun at Ellsworth Air Force Base Air and Space Museum, great for those with a love of all things that fly!

Of course, Rapid City has SO many other things to do with kids we can’t choose what to list first! Maybe it should be the outdoor maze at Black Hills Maze Family Adventure Park, or exploring the history of the Black Hills in The Journey Museum.  Maybe we want to tell you about getting up close to bears at Bear Country USA, or getting deep under the ground with Black Hill Caverns. 

There are SO many things do to with kids in Rapid City, you will just have to go and explore for yourself!  Let’s go!

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  • Black Hills Maze Family Adventure Park

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    (1 miles) Rapid City

    Enjoy the outdoor maze and other games for kids and adults.

  • The Journey Museum

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    (1 miles) Rapid City

    The Journey Museum and Gardens (7 acres) is a historical museum, with gardens, located at 222 New York Street, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA in the historic Black Hills. It is open daily except for ...

  • Flags and Wheels Indoor Racing

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    (2 miles) Rapid City

    Along with being the only indoor carting facility in rapid city you can also use the Lazer Tag, Batting Cage, Paint Ball, Arcade and Bumper Cars. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

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    (3 miles) Rapid City

    The largest indoor waterpark in the Dakota's 30,000 square foot of waterpark, arcade and concessions.

  • Storybook Island

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    (3 miles) Rapid City

    Storybook Island is a free attraction located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Come meet Humpty Dumpty, Pinnochio and other favorite childhood characters. Nursery rhymes and Fairytales come to life in ...

  • Cosmos Mystery Area

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    (4 miles) Rapid City

    Have you ever experienced a place where the laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk? Have you ever stood on the wall or felt an unexplainable force? Here at the Cosmos you can ...

  • Rushmore Waterslides

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    (4 miles) Rapid City

    Perfectly situated on the road to Mount Rushmore, this 17 acre waterslide park is number one for fun in the Black Hills of South Dakota!

  • Reptile Gardens

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    (7 miles) Rapid City

    Our beautifully landscaped park includes the Bewitched Village, which is a Family Fun Station with Gemstone and Arrowhead sluicing, a Blacklight 3D Adventure with the dizzying Black Hole, an Air ...

  • Black Hills Caverns

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    (7 miles) Rapid City

    Discover the wonder of the glittering underground world and see its many fantastic animal formations! An exciting and adventurous South Dakota attraction for the whole family!

  • Bear Country USA

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    (8 miles) Rapid City

    Experience a unique drive thru wildlife park, in the heart of South Dakota's Black Hills, and get up close with incredible American wildlife, including the black bear!

  • Old Macdonald's Petting Farm

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    (9 miles) Rapid City

    Farm fun with cute domestic animals that kids will love to play with! A fun, relaxed and interactive environment for the whole family in the Black Hills

  • Thunderhead Underground Falls

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    (10 miles) Rapid City

    This historic old gold mine is the oldest gold mine open to the public in the Black Hills area. The easy walk along the rushing underground stream is a delightful experience for both young and old.

  • Rushmore Cave

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    (15 miles) Keystone

    A true treasure of the Black Hills, this amazing cave is an exciting day out for the family beneath the surface of the earth! Not just tours, but ziplines and rides too!

  • Circle B Ranch Chuckwagon Cowboy Music Show

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    (16 miles) Rapid City

    A visit to the Circle B Ranch is like stepping back in time. Guests can stroll along the wooden sidewalks of the Old West town, browse in the Wild Horse Gift Shop, sip a cold sarsaparilla in the ...

  • Rushmore Tramway

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    (17 miles) Keystone

    Ride up to a beautiful alpine landscape: get off on top to see impressive rock formations, waterfalls, flowers, and panoramic views. Have a cold drink or a bite to eat as you take in the unique view ...

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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    (18 miles) Keystone

    Visit probably most the iconic landmark in the USA - Mount Rushmore! An amazing, fun and historic family day out option in South Dakota!

  • Terror Golf Mini Golf

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    (19 miles) Keystone

    The Holy Terror Mini Golf course is nestled on the side of a pine-covered slope in Keystone. Named after the last active gold mine in Keystone, the course will have you "screamin' mulligans" as you ...

  • The Presidential Waxworks Museum

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    (19 miles) Keystone

    Beneath the watchful gaze of Mount Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills sits the National Presidential Wax Museum. Visitors gain insight into our nation's democracy through life-size, life-like wax ...

  • 1880 Train Black Hills Central Railroad

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    (21 miles) Hill City

    Over the Hills & Beyond the Imagination! Imagine yourself immersed in the staggering beauty of the Black Hills of Western South Dakota! Imagine you're gliding over the rugged landscape aboard a ...

  • Horse Thief Campsite

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    (24 miles) Hill City

    A family campground located in the Black Hills, close to Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, and surrounded by the Great Outdoors!

  • Crazy Horse Memorial

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    (26 miles) Crazy Horse

    Crazy Horse Memorial, home of the world's largest mountain sculpture in progress, is in the Black Hills of South Dakota on U.S. Highway 16/385 just 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore. Sculptor ...

  • Custer State Park

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    (27 miles) Custer

    A stunning State Park in the Black Hills with over 70,000 acres of wildlife and wilderness to explore! A South Dakota treasure.

  • Custers Gulch Campground

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    (27 miles) Custer

    An RV park surrounded by the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Custer's Gulch Campground is where General Custer actually camped in 1874! Kids can learn about the fascinating history whilst ...

  • Echo Valley Park Campground

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    (28 miles) Custer

    Escape into the Black Hill at Echo Valley Park Campground, just 3.5 miles north of Custer and right next to Crazy Horse Mountain!

  • Black Hill Aerial Tours Mount Rushmore

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    (29 miles) Custer

    offers five tours that feature additional sights and adventures, but all of them start with the glorious Black Hills.

  • Flintstones Bedrock City

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    (30 miles) Custer

    Bedrock comes alive in this modern Stone-Age setting of fun-filled buildings and play areas. Tour Fred's Bedrock City. Ride the Flintmobile and Iron Horse Train. See Mt.Rockmore and enjoy the new ...

  • Four Mile Old West Town

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    (32 miles) Custer

    Experience a part of history with this Old West South Dakota attraction perfect for the whole family! Explore a yee old saloon, town hall, and even talking outhouse!

  • Adams Museum and House

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    (33 miles) Deadwood

    Come to a place where the past is always present, where legacies linger and legends meet Deadwood's fabled Adams Museum & House. Deadwood's Adams Museum is the oldest history museum in the Black ...

  • Broken Boot Gold Mine

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    (33 miles) Deadwood

    Turn back the clock in the Black Hills at this fun and adventurous underground mine tour - the century old mine shafts are waiting for your family in Deadwood, South Dakota!

  • Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center

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    (34 miles) Lead

    Our surface tour of the Homestake Mining Operation takes you through the historic town of Lead and Homestake's underground surface operation. It follows the mining process including hoisting, ...

  • Wind Cave National Park

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    (34 miles) Hot Springs

    Explore a hidden world beneath the prairies, with one of the longest and most complex caves in the world...right in South Dakota!

  • National Museum Of Woodcarving

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    (35 miles) Custer

    Visit this AAA rated family attraction.Inside our carving studio today\'s magic continues to happen. During most of the season, Kieth Morrill, NMW\'s resident woodcarver, or guest woodcarvers from ...

  • High Plains Western Heritage Center

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    (41 miles) Spearfish

    A fascinating museum that honors the old west pioneers, as well as the Native Americans of the High Plain states. Focusing on mining, transportation, logging, agriculture and Native American lore.

  • DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery

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    (43 miles) Spearfish

    A FREE experience in South Dakota with 10 acres of grounds, a museum, vintage hardware and period buildings. Educational and fascinating!

  • Spearfish Aquatics and Recreation Center

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    (44 miles) Spearfish

    The standout feature is the outdoor waterpark, with 3 huge water slides, lazy river, kiddie pool and splash pad. Lap pool and lessons also available, plus Adventure Walk and Climbing Wall.