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Activities for Families & Kids

The Black Hills offer families a chance to gather together with entertaining and educational attractions for all ages. Wind Cave, the Mammoth Site and a multitude of museums display the area’s natural history. Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore Memorials showcase American history and pride, and the Black Hills National Forest provides endless outdoor recreation activities for families of all shapes and sizes. If you really want to provide a memorable, fun, family experience also check out Cosmo's Mystery Area, Reptile Gardens or Evan's Plunge!

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Big Thunder Gold Mine

DISCOUNTED ADMISSIONS.  Big Thunder Gold Mine, located near, Keystone, South Dakota, is an original mine from 1892 and features underground tours by professional guides. Find yourself traveling back in time as you tour the authentic 1890's gold mine.  Visitors receive a free gold ore sample on the tour, and can pan... [more]

Reptile Gardens

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION.  Reptile Gardens, located 6 miles south of Rapid City, South Dakota on Hwy 16, offers 50,000 flowers, exotic birds, great shows, minerals and fossils. The world's largest reptile collection is on display along with Tropical Orchids in an indoor jungle, giant tortoises and birds of prey. Winner of State... [more]

Journey Museum

The Journey Museum in Downtown Rapid City brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains - from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers who shaped its past, to the scientists who now study it. When your journey is... [more]

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Visit a place where animals own the land and humans can only visit.  It’s a place where hundreds of wild horses run free, many having come from the Bureau of Land Management’s corrals after roundups in western states.  Some horses bear a “U” brand on their necks, which means “unwanted.”  ... [more]

Pioneer Auto Show

Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town For a genuine slice of Americana, stop in Murdo and visit the Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town to take a nostalgic journey into the past. Established in 1954, and known as “The Big Variety Show”, this an unrivaled celebration of America’s romance with... [more]

Founding Fathers Black Hills:Independence Hall

See and hear the 20 minute narrative story of how the United States of America began at the Founding Fathers Black Hills sculpture exhibit at Independence Hall on S. Highway 16. History meets art in our stunning, life-size sculpture installation of John Trumbull's iconic "Declaration of Independence" painting. Here, inside a... [more]

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Museum

The Prehistoric Indian Village is located just off Interstate 90 at Mitchell, South Dakota. The Indian Village entices visitors to imagine what it was like to live in a 1,000-year-old former plains village. The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village includes a museum and archeodome covering six-acres and overlooks the west bank... [more]

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum/Hall Of Fame

DISCOUNT ADMISSION. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame located in Sturgis, South Dakota offers a variety of antique, classic and unique motorcycles as well as motorcycling memorabilia with special emphasis on the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Open Year around with constantly changing displays. Visit our gift shop. Located... [more]

National Museum of Woodcarving

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION. The National Museum of Woodcarving, located west of Custer on Hwy 16, offers a look at the world of woodcarving. The collections include carvings by an original animator of Disneyland, and blend the science of mechanical animation with the art of traditional woodcarving. Gift shop and snack shop... [more]

National Presidential Wax Museum

DISCOUNTED ADMISSIONS. 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, realistic wax figures depicting our country's most shaping experiences in dramatic historical settings. Recapture the spirit of patriotism as you witness the... [more]

Mammoth Site

The world’s largest mammoth research facility located in Hot Springs, South Dakota is a working paleontological site/museum that contains the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoths ever found in their primary context (where they died). Paid admission to the Mammoth Site is required for ages 4 and older. Paid... [more]

Holy Terror Mini-Golf Course

DISCOUNTED ADMISSIONS.   Challenging, yet fun! The 18-hole mini golf course, located in Keystone, South Dakota, rises up a 50 foot steep hillside, and then descends back down the slope. The first and eighteenth holes are unified by a gold mining display and rushing water that flows from a watertank, thru sluices, over... [more]

High Plains Western Heritage Center

The High Plains Western Heritage Center Museum, located at exit 14 on I-90 near Spearfish, South Dakota features western art, artifacts and Native American exhibits chronicling the heritage of 5 plains states. Outdoor displays include antique farm equipment, log cabin, one room schoolhouse, live longhorn steers and buffalo. Hours of Operation:... [more]

Beautiful Wonderland Cave

Back in the 1800′s there is no physical evidence to indicate that Indians used the cavern, but they undoubtedly knew about its existence from artifacts found. In 1874 General Custer on his first expedition through the Black Hills passed below the cavern unaware of its location in the Limestone cliffs... [more]

Rushmore Borglum Story

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION. Venture into the world of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, from the blasting of the stone to the grandeur of the "Seated Lincoln." The Borglum Story will enable children and adults to step back in time and become part of the carving years. On the tour you... [more]

Flintstone Bedrock City

Hours of Operation: Open May 17th through September 1st, 2014. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option.  Admission is valid for one year and can be used for multiple... [more]

Black Hills Maze

DISCOUNT ADMISSION.  Hours of Operation: Open May 1 – September 30 June – August: 8:30 AM – 8 PM. May & Sept: Weekends Only, 10 AM – 6 PM. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Black Hills Maze is a family adventure play park features a 43,000 sq. ft., two-level maze (largest in the midwest),... [more]

Circle B Chuckwagon

Show Times: The gun-shootout is at 5:20 PM and supper is at 5:30PM. We offer Beef Brisket, BBQ Chicken and Roasted Buffalo along with all the cowboy fixins. Following supper, The Circle B Cowboys entertain every evening with songs about the West.   We are open Monday through Saturdays, Memorial Day Weekend... [more]

Bear Country USA

Hours of Operation: Open May 1 – October 31st. Peak season (June, July & August) Hours: 8 AM - 6 PM daily. Shoulder season (May, September, October & November) Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM daily. We are open every day of the week during the season but may close due to inclement... [more]

1880 Train

The 1880 Train ride is a two-hour, narrated 20-mile round trip ride between Hill City snd Keystone South Dakota in the beautiful Black Hills. Passengers view vistas of Harney Peak, mining encampments and participate in good old-fashioned fun. Trains follow the original route of the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad... [more]

Black Hills Mining Museum

Hours of Operation: Tours, Gold Panning, Museum available May - September. Open daily, 9 AM – 5 PM. Museum only available October - April. Open 9AM - 4PM Monday - Friday. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate... [more]

Ski Mystic at Deer Mountain

Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a through 1/1/14 From 1/2/14 - 3/17/14 Open Only Friday,  Saturday & Sunday.     Home to the most Powder accumulation in the Black Hills averaging over 200 inches of annual snowfall and the Black Hills NEWEST winter attraction Zero Gravity Tube Park. The most diverse ski terrain... [more]

Alkali Ike Tours

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION. Tour Times: Monday – Thursday and Saturday: 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM. Sunday: 2:15 PM & 4:30 PM. Advance Booking Requirement: If booking inside 3 days of going on a Alkali Ike Tour call 1-866-601-5103 to make your reservations, otherwise book on-line. Special Info: Tours are contingent upon the... [more]

Buglin Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar

Buglin Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar is a family friendly, smoke-free restaurant & sports bar. Large menu has something for everyone. The Buglin Bull Restaurant Credit has a $50 value!  You pay only $40 with our dining deal! Can be used at the Buglin' Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar for any... [more]

Black Hills Putt 4 Fun Golf

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION.    No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one time admission. Located in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Black Hills Putts 4 Fun Golf is a challenging 18-hole... [more]

Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns

Hours of Operation:  Open daily June, July, August: 8 AM – 8 PM May, late August, September: 9 AM – 5 PM *Final tour leaves 1 hour before closing. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of... [more]

Tatanka: Story of the Bison

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION Hours of Operation: Open 7 days per week, 9 AM – 5 PM, from mid-May through September 30th. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one... [more]

Gulches of Fun

NASCAR go-karts, bumper boats with squirters, an 18-hole mini-golf course, the Northern Hills largest arcade, kiddie rides, a bounce house and more can be enjoyed by the whole family at the seasonal Gulches of Fun. Half price wristbands on Wednesdays! Gulches of Fun is located in Historic Deadwood, South Dakota and... [more]

Museum at Black Hills Institute

The Museum at Black Hills Institute features the world-renown Black Hills Institute collection and is the host to displays belonging to the Black Hills Museum of Natural History, a separate non-profit organization. The walls are lined with display cases filled with fossil vertebrates (dinosaurs, mammals, reptiles, birds and fish), invertebrates... [more]

Rushmore Tramway Adventures

Climb, ride, zip or slide at this premier attraction near Mt. Rushmore! Thrill to a speedy flight on our 800-ft. Zip Line, challenge the Aerial Adventure Park’s above-ground obstacles, cruise down the 2000-ft. Alpine Slide, or ride the Chairlift up to enjoy our mountaintop park and Garden Cafe with Mt.... [more]

Black Hills Caverns

The Black Hills Caverns located outside of the Rapid City, South Dakota, were discovered in 1882 by gold seekers, but the Lakota Indians had found strength in the power of the calcite crystals centuries before. Come discover the wonder of the glittering underground world and see its many fantastic animal... [more]

Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper and Show

Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Show:   Supper is a delicious menu of Potatoes, BBQ Roast Beef, BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Applesauce, Biscuits & Honey, Spice Cake, Lemonade and Coffee. After Supper the Wranglers take to the stage for a 1 hour Cowboy Music Variety Show including styles from the Sons... [more]

Mt Rushmore Audio Tour

The Mount Rushmore Audio Tour is a recorded guide at Mount Rushmore National Memorial incorporating narration, music, interviews, sound effects and historic recordings of Gutzon Borglum, Lincoln Borglum, American Indians and workers. Using a lightweight handheld wand, a visitor can listen to the self-guided tour while simply sitting down in... [more]

Crazy Horse Memorial

Most travelers have a “bucket list” of travel destinations and if this one is not on your list, it should be. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States and this year, they’ve added a second Volksmarch. The 28th annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch is... [more]

Custer State Park

Custer State Park, located near Custer, South Dakota, isn't just home to one of the largest free roaming buffalo herds; it's so beautiful that the State Game Lodge served as the "summer White House" for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927. In addition to the park, the Peter Norbeck Scenic Highway offers... [more]

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, in Keystone, South Dakota, symbolizes both national pride and an awesome feat of engineering. Carved from a mountain of granite and standing proud since 1941, Mount Rushmore, protrudes from the granite as a true "Shrine of Democracy" with the faces of George Washington, commander of the... [more]

Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park, located near Hot Springs, South Dakota, is one of the longest caves in the world, and the first cave to be designated a national park. Caves are one of the Black Hills most mysterious and intriguing wonders. To do your exploring underground, visit Wind Cave National Park.... [more]

Devils Tower

Devil's Tower National Monument, located near Belle Fourche, South Dakota, is a most improbable geological rock formation, sticking up a thousand feet in the air above the surrounding valley like some giant, prehistoric tree-stump. Steven Speilberg used Devil's Tower National Monument as backdrop to his blockbuster movie Close Encounters of the... [more]

Badlands National Park

The Badlands National Park, or "mako sica" as it is known to the Lakota people, is a place of mystery, spirituality and natural beauty. Located near Wall, South Dakota, the Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed... [more]

Historic Adams House

The Historic Adams House was built in 1892 in Deadwood, South Dakota by pioneers Harris and Anna Franklin. Local contemporary press described the home as "the grandest house west of the Mississippi". The elegant Queen Anne-style house heralded a wealthy and socially prominent new age for Deadwood, a former rough... [more]

Putz n Glo Black Light Mini Golf

Hours of Operation:   Labor Day through Memorial Day: Open Friday 3 PM – 10 PM, Sat 10 AM to 10 PM and Sun 10 AM to 5 PM. Memorial Day through Labor Day:   Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM.    No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you... [more]

Prairie Homestead

Hours of Operation: 9AM-5PM Last Tour: 4:30PM Length of Tour 1 Hour No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one time admission. Driving Directions: I-90 Exit 131 south on Hwy 240... [more]

Watiki Waterpark

Hours of Operation: Monday –  Thursday - 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM Friday - 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Saturday - 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sunday - 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate... [more]

Evans Plunge

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION.    Hours of Operation: January 1 - March 31 M-F: 6:00AM-8:00PM Sat: 10:00AM-8:00PM Sun: 12:00PM-7:00PM April 1 - May 23 Mon-Fri: 6:00AM-8:00PM Sat-Sun: 10:00AM-8:00PM May 24 - September 1 Mon-Fri: 6:00AM-9:00PM Sat-Sun: 10:00AM-9:00PM September 2 - December 31 Mon-Fri: 6:00AM-8:00PM Sat-Sun: 10:00AM-8:00PM Evans Plunge, located in Hot Springs, South Dakota is an indoor natural spring-fed 87 degrees, mineral water pool that has been the... [more]

Lakota Ways

Visitors can experience unforgettable hands-on, authentic and traditional Lakota activities such as tipi raising, a mini powwow, quill work, Lakota language lessons, bead work, games, hair braiding, photo op in authentic Native regalia, bow and arrow camp. Monday - Saturdays - Lakota Ways performs 4 day shows,at 1, 2, 3, 4 PM,... [more]

Homestake Gold Mine Surface Tour/Visitor Center

Hours of Operation: 5/15/14-9/30/14 The surface tour of the Homestake Mining Operation takes you through the historic town of Lead, South Dakota and Homestake's surface operation. It follows the mining process including hoisting, crushing and milling of the underground ore and views Homestake Gold Mine's state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Plant and... [more]

Deadwood History and Information Center

Make the Deadwood History and Information Center your first stop in Deadwood for maps of the area and the latest information on events and things to do, Enjoy multimedia exhibits about historic Deadwood. FREE. ... [more]

Latchstring Inn at Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Located in the heart of Spearfish Canyon National Scenic By-Way, guests have been enjoying the great food and hospitality at the Latchstring Inn for over 100 years. With spectacular views and the warmth of aged log walls, the Latchstring Inn is open year-round and offers some of the best breakfast,... [more]

Blacktail Horseback Tours

Tour Times:  As booked Special Info:  Helmets available at no additional cost.  250 Pound Weight Limit.   Customer Info:  Need to provide Age on those under 18 years old and weight on all participants.   Blacktail Horseback offers a  western history tour on horseback.   Visit a historic site and learn about original mining stories and the... [more]

Cosmos Mystery Area

No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one time admission. Hours of Operation: April   -   9am - 5pm (weather permitting) May         9am - 5pm (weather permitting) Memorial Day Weekend   ... [more]

1880 Town

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION Hours of Operation: Dawn until Dusk. Open: May 1 – October 31. Tour length: Self guided. Walk down Main Street near Murdo, South Dakota of this 1880 town and explore more than 30 buildings authentically furnished with thousands of relics. Enjoy the rolling terrain of a sprawling homestead and envision life... [more]

Brule'

Brulé - A Native American experience in sight, sound & soul! The 5-time "Native American Group of the Year" performs Tuesday through Saturday from une 13th– August 30th, 2014  in the brand new outdoor Buffalo Moon Theater at the High Country Guest Ranch located 3.9 miles outside Hill City. They have... [more]

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Mt Moriah Cemetery is situated on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood Gulch. Established in 1878 by the Lawrence County Commission, Mt. Moriah is the final resting place of western legends, murderers, madams, and pillars of Deadwood's early economic development. The cemetery is more than just a graveyard. It offers visitors an... [more]

Adams Museum

Deadwood's Adams Museum is the oldest history museum in the Black Hills and ranks #3 among True West magazine's 2009 Top 10 Western Museums. Artifacts and displays from Deadwood's historic past reflect the powerful legends of infamous characters like Wild Bill and Calamity Jane. See many other original artifacts from... [more]

Rushmore Cave Adventures

Cave Tour Schedule: May 1 – 25, 9 AM – 5 PM. May 26 – August 14, 8 AM – 8 PM. August 15 – 31, 9 AM – 5 PM. September 1 – 2, 8 AM – 8 PM (Labor Day Weekend). Sept. 3 – October 31, 9 AM – 5 PM pending weather. Closed... [more]

Palmer Gulch Wagon Ride and Supper

A leisurely (30 min) horse drawn covered wagon ride.  The wagon train departs from the Lodge at 5:00 PM and travels into the Black Hills National Forest to a picturesque chuck wagon camp where guests are greeted by the entertainers, cooks and a beautiful view of Harney Peak.  Our wagon... [more]

Brown Rock Sports Cafe at Cadillac Jack's

With sports memorabilia lining the walls and ceiling, the Brown Rock Sports Cafe at Cadillac Jack's in Deadwood is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and drinks while watching your favorite team on our Hi-def big screen TV's.  From signature pizzas to prime rib to draft micro-brews, our... [more]

Broken Boot Gold Mine

Tour Hours: Open daily 9 AM to 6 PM, May 26th - September 3rd. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Special Info: Tours begin every 30 minutes. Every visitor receives a souvenir stock certificate. Pan for gold (additional price). Ample parking... [more]

Ranch Amusement Park

Ranch Amusement Park is 3 miles south of Rapid City, South Dakota on Highway 16, on the way to Mt. Rushmore! 3/4 Mile & Slick GoKart Tracks are the Midwest’s hottest tracks! If you haven’t got the guts… See ya later Baby! The Tower Rock Climbing Wall is 25 feet straight up... [more]

Spirit Of The Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Tour times: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8:30 AM and 10 AM. Closed Monday. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one time admission. The Sanctuary, located in Spearfish,... [more]

Rocky Knolls Golf Course

Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk Advance Booking Requirement: If booking inside 3 days of going to Rocky Knolls Golf Course call 1-866-601-5103 to make your reservations, otherwise book on-line. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one time admission This 9-hole, par 36 golf... [more]

High Country Guest Ranch Trail Rides

Forest Loop Trail Ride - 45 minutes Must arrive 30 minutes prior to ride, please call 24 hours prior to confirm your reservation at 605-574-9003 Located at 12138 Ray Smith Dr, Hill City, SD 57754 Ride times are 1:30 PM, 2:45 PM and 4 PM Trail Ride Restrictions: You must be at least... [more]

Corn Palace

During the summer months the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD offers free guided tours led by friendly guides full of a-maize-ing facts (like how many nails and staples are used in the decoration process). The tour also features an outstanding video explaining the Corn Palace story. After the... [more]

Meadowbrook Golf Course

Hours of Operation: 7 AM to Dusk. No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction. Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one time admission. Meadowbrook Golf Course, an 18 Hole Championship Facility, is located at... [more]

Black Hills Balloons

Available Ride Times: As booked. Advance Booking Requirement: If booking inside of 1 day going on a balloon ride call 1-866-601-5103 to make your reservations. Special Info: Reservations required and flights are weather permitting Lift off in a hot air balloon originating in Custer, South Dakota and then fly over the southern Black Hills.... [more]

Trial of Jack McCall

Show Times:   The Capture of Jack McCall is at 7:30 PM in front of the Saloon #10 on Deadwood Main Street. The Trial of Jack McCall starts at 8 PM at the Masonic Building next door to the Silverado Casino on upper main street. Families Welcome! Available: May 24 -... [more]



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