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 Black Hills Activities

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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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). To date 61 mammoths (58 Columbian and 3 woolly) have been discovered as well... [more]

Rushmore Borglum Story

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 will... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

The Sanford Lab Surface Tour is a one hour, above ground, surface tour of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, a cutting-edge scientific research facility performing experiments 5,000 ft beneath the earth's surface. The surface tour includes significant mining history. This guided tour is either a step-on or on our trolley. This... [more]

Black Hills Fun Pass

Save 32% on Kids ages 5 – 12 and up to 22% for a family of four on 7 top Black Hills Attractions with the Black Hills Fun Pass. The FUN PASS includes the 1880 Train, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Mammoth Site, Reptile Gardens, Rush Mountain Adventure Park (tour plus... [more]

High Plains Western Heritage Center

The High Plains Western Heritage Center, 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 and live longhorn steers. Hours of Operation: The Museum... [more]

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Museum

Discover how Native Americans lived in south Dakota one thousand years ago! The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public. Archaeologists have been excavating this site since the 1920s. Visitors can tour the Boehnen Memorial Museum, where there is... [more]

National Presidential Wax Museum

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 evolution... [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

Enjoy- •The Wooden Nickel Theater •Over 30 scenes created by an original animator of Disneyland •A Carving Studio •Display of Many Nationally Recognized Woodcarvers •National Museum Gallery •Gift Shop & Snack Bar Where Wood Comes Alive! The concept behind the National Museum of Woodcarving is to display some of the best... [more]

Journey Museum and Learning Center

Your Black Hills Journey starts here. The Journey Museum & Learning Center 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... [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]

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]

Big Thunder Gold Mine

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 for... [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]

Black Hills Maze

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Bear Country USA

Bear Country USA, located 8 miles from Rapid City, features the world's largest collection of privately owned black bears. Take a leisurely 3 mile drive through this spectacular wildlife park nestled on 200 acres of Black Hills beauty where you'll see black bears, grizzly bears and over 20 other species... [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]

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]

Alkali Ike Tours

Ride our comfortable air conditioned motor coach through the history of Deadwood's Main Street, the old homes in Deadwood's “Nob Hill” then into beautiful Mt. Moriah Cemetery high above this historic town. After visiting the graves of Deadwood's famous characters; Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny, Preacher Smith... [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]

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]

Black Hills Mining Museum

Black Hills Mining Museum is located in the mile high city of Lead, South Dakota. Our non-profit educational corporation is dedicated to the preservation of the rich mining heritage of the Black Hills of South Dakota. We have numerous exhibits and displays showing the life of a miner, the ethnic... [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]

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 and... [more]

Museum at Black Hills Institute

The Museum at Black Hills Institute is a modest but incredible natural history museum. Natural history enthusiasts can rest assured; you will find something unique in this treasure trove of amazing dinosaurs, fossils, minerals and collectibles from all over the world. South Dakota once had seaside property. During the Cretaceous... [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]

1880 Train

See the Black Hills of South Dakota by rail! Experience a historic, scenic, relaxing vintage steam train ride your family will never forget. Enjoy a two hour and fifteen minute round trip through the scenic Black Hills. Hear the bellow of the engine and the whine of the whistle as... [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]

DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

Established in 1896, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives, formerly Spearfish National Fish Hatchery, is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country dedicated to fish culture and resource management. The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery was constructed to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the... [more]

Holy Terror Mini-Golf Course

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 a... [more]


Brulé - A Native American experience in sight, sound & soul! The 5-time "Native American Group of the Year" performs Monday through Thursday from July 11th– July 28th, 2016 in the brand new outdoor Buffalo Moon Theater at the High Country Guest Ranch located 3.9 miles outside Hill City. Brule' has... [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]

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]

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]

Cosmos Mystery Area

Cosmos Mystery Area is a natural phenomenon that is intriguing and mind boggling. We offer an approximately 30 minute long tour that will have you laughing and shaking your head in amazement. All ages are captivated by this tour which makes us a very family friendly tour. We are one... [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]

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]

Blacktail Horseback Tours

Blacktail Horseback Tours, centrally located between Deadwood and Lead, South Dakota in the Black Hills. You start your ride at the top of Bessie Gulch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Your horse is assigned and you get riding instruction to help you enjoy your tour. You ride uphill, through switchbacks to... [more]

Deadwood Guns

Deadwood Guns has seven establishments that have the Old West feel and flare of the 1876 gunslinger days mixed with the high-tech world of the modern firearms, shooting sports, and personal defense industries. This is a place where the whole family can enjoy our gun heritage and have a great... [more]

1880 Town

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Watiki Waterpark

Experience the largest indoor waterpark resort in the Dakotas! With 30,000 sq. ft. of waterpark, arcade concessions, your family won't find more fun in one location. Adjoined by premier hotels, La Quinta Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites, WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort offers over 250 rooms and suites with... [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]

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]

Evans Plunge

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION. Evans Plunge, located in Hot Springs, is an indoor natural spring-fed 87 degrees, mineral water pool that has been the Black Hills most exciting attraction since 1890. A lifeguard is always on duty to oversee a 164' indoor water slide, aqua jet speed slide, kiddy slide and traveling rings.... [more]

Corn Palace

Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota. 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... [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 May 2nd to October 2nd. Trail Ride Restrictions: You... [more]

Black Hills Balloons

Black Hills Balloons is currently one of the oldest Balloon Ride companies in the USA! Here is your chance! Experience the Magnificence of the World viewed from a Balloon! The beauty of our area makes this one of the most sought after flights in the world. Drift along, cloud-like, above the... [more]

Palmer Gulch Chuckwagon Supper and Show

A leisurely (30 min) horse drawn covered wagon ride. The wagon train departs from the Lodge at 5:00 p.m. MT and Horseback riders meet at the stables at 4:00 pm for orientation, leave by 4:15 for an hour long ride to the show. both travel into the Black Hills National... [more]

Deadwood History and Information Center

Make this authentic Railroad Station your first stop in Deadwood for Wild Bill Coupons, purchase trolley tokens, get maps of the area, view multimedia exhibits about historic Deadwood and the latest information on events and things to do. Memorial Day to Labor Day Daily 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Labor Day to... [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: During the summer... [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]

Storybook Island

Storybook Island is an 8 1/2 acre free children's theme park. The park offers over 100 storybook and fairytale sets that kids love and parents adore! It's a place that children can use their imaginations, see a live theatre production, take a ride on Storybook Island Line through Middle Park. Train... [more]

Prairie Homestead

Journey into the visual memories of what life was like during the homestead days at the Prairie Homestead. Experience the original "green" home just north of the Badlands of South Dakota. The Homestead is fun for all ages. Explore a typical sod homesteader's life in pioneer clothing. Attraction is a... [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]

Rush Mountain Adventure Park/Rushmore Cave

At Rushmore Cave Adventures you will find fun on every level. Explore the stalactite-filled caverns of this amazing natural wonder on a fun and educational Cave Tour or soar through the sky on the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride. Feel the seat move, the wind in your hair as you experience... [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 Deadwood's... [more]

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