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!
Storybook Island is a free attraction located in Rapid City, nursery rhymes and fairytales come to life in animated and real life scenes!
Home to 1,000 amazing animals, the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls offers up-close views of animals including giraffes, tigers, & rhinos!
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....
One of the most popular attractions in the Black Hills, Reptile Gardens are home to the world's largest collection of reptiles!
Experience over 500 animals of the world, representing 130 species and those native to South Dakota in the popular Bramble Park Zoo
Your ticket to summer fun with this splashing water park in Sioux Falls, as well as go karts, batting cages and paintball!
Enjoy some water fun in South Dakota with Evans Plunge - the oldest tourist attraction in the Black Hills using natural spring fed water!
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.
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.
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 Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society has 15,000 square ft. of exhibition space located in the Cultural Heritage Center.
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 Mammoth Site boasts the largest concentration of mammoths in the world! Tour an active dig site, view Ice Age fossils, & so much more!
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 Dakota has proudly carried for many generations.
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.
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.
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
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!
Dacotah Prairie Museum takes you back in time over 100 years ago to explore the people, progress and natural history that combined to propel the prairie region into existence, with exhibits covering pre-settler history to present
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!
Wall to wall trampolines, with open jump, dodgeball, foam pits and lots of bouncing fun in Sioux Falls!
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.
A FREE experience in South Dakota with 10 acres of grounds, a museum, vintage hardware and period buildings. Educational and fascinating!
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....
A stunning State Park in the Black Hills with over 70,000 acres of wildlife and wilderness to explore! A South Dakota treasure.
Visit probably most the iconic landmark in the USA - Mount Rushmore! An amazing, fun and historic family day out option in South Dakota!
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.
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....
offers five tours that feature additional sights and adventures, but all of them start with the glorious Black Hills.
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....
Explore a hidden world beneath the prairies, with one of the longest and most complex caves in the world...right in South Dakota!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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....
Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings remain at frontier Fort Sisseton. This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies), is a rare reminder of the west....
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....
Explore the only archaeological site in South Dakota that is open to the public, as you uncover the first settlers who lived on this site in 900AD.
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!
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.
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
- 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
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 mission of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science is to educate, entertain, inspire and to enrich community by making arts and science part of our lives.
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!
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!
Enjoy the outdoor maze and other games for kids and adults.
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!
For those nature loving active families, Wylie Park is a magical 210 acres of attractions revolving around storybooks and fairytales.
Great seasonal family fun with mini golf, go-karts, bumper boats, lazer maze and even a bungy! Great for those active and playful kids!
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
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!