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Fun things to do in South Dakota

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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    (0 miles)Sioux Falls

    ntroducting South Dakota's newest and most dynamic family fun park! The Adventurepark brings to Sioux Falls Full Throttle Raceway go-karts, Mulligan's Island Mineature Golf, Shipwreck Lagoon Bumper ...

  • Evans Plunge

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    (0 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 ...

  • Rushmore Waterslides

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    (0 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!

  • WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

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    (0 miles)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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    (0 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.

  • Bear Country USA

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    (0 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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    (0 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 ...

  • Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum

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    (0 miles)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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    (0 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 ...

  • Bramble Park Zoo

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    (0 miles) 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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    (0 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.

  • 1880 Train Black Hills Central Railroad

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    (0 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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    (0 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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    (0 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 ...

  • Grand River Museum

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    (0 miles)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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    (0 miles)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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    (0 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 ...

  • National Museum Of Woodcarving

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    (0 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 ...

  • Adams Museum and House

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    (0 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 ...

  • Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society

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    (0 miles)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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    (0 miles)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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    (0 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 ...

  • The Mammoth Site Museum

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    (0 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 ...

  • South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum

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    (0 miles)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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    (0 miles)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 ...