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Fun things to do in RAPID CITY

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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  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Evans Plunge

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    (46 miles) Hot Springs

    Try the waterslides or relax in the gigantic pool filled with rejuvenating naturally warm mineral water(87F). This sparkling spring water flows from an thermal spring at a rate of 5K gals/min. One of ...

  • Bear Country USA

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    (1 miles) Rapid City

    Very few people have had a full-grown black bear look in the window of their family car, or if they have, it was not by choice. Even fewer have seen a reindeer or a elk up close. However, many people ...

  • 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 ...

  • Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (44 miles) Spearfish

    A rescue and rehabilitation facility welcoming visitors to meet and and learn about over 360 animals, plus additional walking tours and educational demonstrations.

  • Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

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    (46 miles) Hot Springs

    Imagine a place where as far as the eye can see, miles and miles to the horizon, you can view America as it was 300 years ago. Imagine a place, long revered by the American Indians, where the ...

  • Adventure Bound Alaska Glacier Cruise

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    (4 miles) Juneau

    Board the Adventure Bound for an unforgettable glacier day cruise to snow capped peaks and shear rock palisades, past waterfalls, rainbows and tidewater glaciers. For over 5s as full day excursion.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • The Mammoth Site Museum

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    (46 miles) Hot Springs

    Stand on the edge of discovery and walk where mammoths, bears, American lions and other Ice Age animals walked... The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota is the world's largest mammoth ...

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery

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    (43 miles) Spearfish

    Free! Features include 10 acres of grounds, a museum, vintage hardware and period buildings. Educational and fascinating.

  • Badlands National Park

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    (67 miles) Interior

    224,000 amazing acres of stunning rock formations, geologic deposits and ones of the world's richest fossil beds to explore, once roamed by saber-toothed tigers.

  • Devils Tower

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    (81 miles) Devils Tower

    Devils Tower rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. Once hidden, erosion has revealed Devils Tower. This 1347 acre park is covered with pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Deer, prairie ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

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