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? You guessed it! 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!
Enjoy the outdoor maze and other games for kids and adults.
The Journey Museum is a historical museum located in the historic Black Hills, featuring exhibits on not only the Black Hills, but prehistoric history & Native American cultures
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!
Storybook Island is a free attraction located in Rapid City, nursery rhymes and fairytales come to life in animated and real life scenes!
Make a splash at the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakota's, with 30,000 square foot of waterpark, arcade and concessions! Great year round water fun for the whole family.
One of the most popular attractions in the Black Hills, Reptile Gardens are home to the world's largest collection of reptiles!
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!
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
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.
A strange and natural phenomena that offers tours for those inquisitive families who love a challenge of the mind! Family fun with a twist in Rapid City!
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!
Named after the last active gold mine in Keystone, this mini golf course will have you "screamin' mulligans" as you putt around this very cool themed golf course!
The National Presidential Wax Museum is an exciting patriotic experience with over 100 lifelike wax figures, including all 45 U.S. presidents, all depicted in stunning visual recreations of iconic moments in U.S. presidential history.
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 of Mt. Rushmore from this scenic mountain top setti....
Visit probably most the iconic landmark in the USA - Mount Rushmore! An amazing, fun and historic family day out option in South Dakota!
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 vintage steam train, like those that helped settle the G....
A visit to the Circle B Ranch is like stepping back in time to an Old West town, with chuckwagon meals, shows, gun fights, and lots of boot scootin' fun!
A family campground located in the Black Hills, close to Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, and surrounded by the Great Outdoors!
Escape into the Black Hill at Echo Valley Park Campground, just 3.5 miles north of Custer and right next to Crazy Horse Mountain!
A stunning State Park in the Black Hills with over 70,000 acres of wildlife and wilderness to explore! A South Dakota treasure.
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 Korczak Ziolkowski began the project in 1948 at the re....
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 surrounded by deer and elk, only 3 miles from Custer Ci....
offers five tours that feature additional sights and adventures, but all of them start with the glorious Black Hills.
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!
Historic Adams House is a Queen Anne-style home built in 1892, and today showcases the life of W E Adams, with original furnishings and many stories to tell!
The historic Mount Moriah Cemetery was established in 1878 in Deadwood, and today is the final resting place of notable and infamous figures as Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane
Adams Museum celebrates the rich and fascinating history of the Black Hills, Deadwood, and those infamous figures who lived there, including Wild Bill Hickok
The Days of '76 celebration began in 1924 as a way to honor Deadwood’s first pioneers, but has grown into a legendary annual event with a historic parade & rodeo!
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!
Explore a hidden world beneath the prairies, with one of the longest and most complex caves in the world...right in South Dakota!
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.
A FREE experience in South Dakota with 10 acres of grounds, a museum, vintage hardware and period buildings. Educational and fascinating!
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.
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.
Enjoy some water fun in South Dakota with Evans Plunge - the oldest tourist attraction in the Black Hills using natural spring fed water!
The Mammoth Site boasts the largest concentration of mammoths in the world! Tour an active dig site, view Ice Age fossils, & so much more!
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 and fish rearing and management.
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 Cheyenne River flows in all four directions and eagles' sh....
Here you will find remnants of the Cold War, including an underground launch control center and a missile silo. Minuteman missiles held the power to destroy civilization. Yet the same destructive force acted as a deterrent which kept the peace for th....
History is waiting for you at this fascinating original Early Pioneer settlement in South Dakota - tours take you through one of the few original prairie homestead properties left in the USA!
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 donated artifacts and pictures to display here.
- provides interactive exhibits and hands-on science activities that are fun and educational. A Science Playground for the Whole Family. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in South Dakota
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society has 15,000 square ft. of exhibition space located in the Cultural Heritage Center.
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 earthen dam to make Lake Hiddenwood, one of the fi....