Things to do in South Dakota with kids

South Dakota is truly a wild frontier. A key player in the days of the Wild West, it’s offers kids unforgettable experiences filled with history, excitement and of course, FUN!

Mount Rushmore National Monument, Badlands National Park (where you might run into a real dinosaur dig!) and Custer State Park with it’s incredible buffalo round-up, are by far the most visited attractions in the state, and for good reason! They are national treasures.

History comes back to life again, with sites like the Four Mile Old West Town, the Prairie Homestead and the High Plains Western Heritage Center, which honors the pioneers and the Native Americans of the region.

And did you think that South Dakota would have two of the world’s longest caves? Black Hills Caverns, Rushmore Caves, and even Broken Boot Gold Mine - the oldest gold mine open to the public in Black Hills - all give kids the chance to go deeper underground and explore underneath the state!

There are so many fascinating and fun things to do in South Dakota, no matter what age you are, you will find something magical and adventurous!

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  • Wild Water West

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    Sioux Falls

    Your ticket to summer fun with this splashing water park in Sioux Falls, as well as go karts, batting cages and paintball!

  • Evans Plunge

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    Hot Springs

    Enjoy some water fun in South Dakota with Evans Plunge - the oldest tourist attraction in the Black Hills using natural spring fed water!

  • Rushmore Waterslides

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    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!

  • WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

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    Rapid City

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

  • Spearfish Aquatics and Recreation Center

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    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.

  • Bear Country USA

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    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!

  • Reptile Gardens

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    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 ...

  • Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum

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    Sioux Falls

    Home to 1,000 amazing animals – from anteater to zebras – the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, SD offers up-close views of animals including giraffes, tigers, rhinos and a jumping, hooting array ...

  • Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

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    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 ...

  • Bramble Park Zoo

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    Watertown

    Experience over 500 mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates representing 130 varieties from around the world and those native to South Dakota. One of the many fun family places ...

  • Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

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    Spearfish

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

  • 1880 Train Black Hills Central Railroad

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    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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    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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    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 ...

  • Grand River Museum

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    Lemmon

    The Museum has many displays of life on the ranch, old time entertainments, Native American history, the Bismarck-Deadwood Trail and the history of the area. Cowboys and families from all over have ...

  • Dacotah Prairie Museum

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    Aberdeen

    When you step into the Dacotah Prairie Museum, you step back in time over 100 years ago to witness the people, progress and natural history that combined to propel the prairie region into ...

  • The Journey Museum

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    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 ...

  • National Museum Of Woodcarving

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    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 ...

  • Adams Museum and House

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    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 ...

  • Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society

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    Pierre

    The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society has 15,000 square ft. of exhibition space located in the Cultural Heritage Center.

  • Akta Lakota Museum

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    Chamberlain

    Boasts a proud collection of Native American art, artifacts and more. As an outreach program of St. Joseph's, the museum operates entirely on donations. Admission is free; tours are offered.

  • The Presidential Waxworks Museum

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    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 ...

  • The Mammoth Site Museum

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    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 ...

  • South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum

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    Brookings

    The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is a great place to visit and enjoy the history of the Dakota prairie. The museum is a powerful resource for all aspects of the rich history that South ...

  • W H Over State Museum

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    Vermillion

    At the W. H. Over Museum we are rich in the history of the land. From its early beginnings the museum has collected and exhibited the natural history materials of the state and region. The ...

  • Lake Hiddenwood State Park

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    Mobridge

    Melting glaciers carved the valley of Hiddenwood Creek. Traditionally, this area was home for several American Indian tribes. In 1927, the Department of Game and Fish used a new technique called an ...

  • Custer State Park

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    Custer

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

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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    Keystone

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

  • Badlands National Park

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    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.

  • McNenny State Fish Hatchery

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    Spearfish

    Interpretive signs and information panels around the hatchery facilitate self guided tours as the kids explore every stage of the lifespan of the trout and salmon, plus learning about sustainability ...

  • DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery

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    Spearfish

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

  • Flags and Wheels Indoor Racing

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    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 ...

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Sioux Falls

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    Sioux Falls

    Wall to wall trampolines, with open jump, dodgeball, foam pits and lots of bouncing fun in Sioux Falls!

  • Four Mile Old West Town

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    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!

  • Crazy Horse Memorial

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    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 ...