1333 North Elk Vale Road
Rapid City, SD 57703
Phone: (605) 791-2345
Fax: (605) 791-5075
Born out of a tragedy, the Memorial Park was built to honor the memory of the victims of the June 1972 floods that devastated Rapid City. In the park, there are structures like the Flood Memorial Fountain, and the Memorial Lake, that ensure the lost residents, and the tragedy, are not forgotten by locals or visitors. Also, the park is home to a Berlin Wall exhibit, which is one of the biggest memorials of the event in the country. See the website for more information.
While exploring Rapid City’s historic downtown area, be greeted by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, George Washington and Bill Clinton. Along the sidewalks is a series of life-sized statues of every President of the United States. This bronze collection commemorates the presidential legacy of the nation while simultaneously making for an interesting public art display among an array of boutiques and restaurants.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dinosaur Park features towering life-size replicas of the dinosaurs the roamed western South Dakota during the late Cretaceous Period. Native American products, dinosaur books and gifts, t-shirts, rocks, fossils, Black Hills gold and silver jewelry and more can be purchased in the visitor center.
"The place where magic happens," the seasonal Storybook Island is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, daily, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., weather permitting. Storybook Island includes Snow White's house, the Dalmatians, a children’s train, swings, the Crooked Man's house, a dragon, maze, and the 100-Acre Woods.
A special ministry of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Chapel in the Hills is an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal. Housed in a "Stabbur," an authentic grass-roofed store house built in Norway; the visitor center and gift shop feature information about the chapel and its ministry and an extensive assortment of Scandinavian-themed items. An authentic log cabin museum on the grounds includes items brought over from Norway or made by Scandinavians in this country during the 1800's. The chapel, gift shop, and museum are open from 7:00 a.m. until dusk, seven days a week, from May through September.
Children of all ages agree that this family-centered park is a winner. The 37,000-square-foot, two-level maze featuring 1.2 miles of passages, stairways, towers and bridges is challenging and fun. The park also includes a 19-station bank-shot basketball court, roller racers, Maze Mountain, paint ball course, water games and a toddler-sized maze for the littlest explorers. Getting lost has never been this much fun. Admission is charged per individual attraction; call for prices. Check website for varying open hours.
Situated on the road to Mount Rushmore, this 17-acre waterslide park contains several slides, a river ride, mini golf, "the largest hot spa in South Dakota" and plenty of water activities for younger children.
This astounding park boasts the largest collection of live reptiles in the world, featuring everything from toads to salamanders. It also houses an impressive collection of tortoises, alligators and snakes. Visitors also enjoy a walk-through jungle, animal shows and 40 acres of landscaped grounds. USA Today named this family-attraction one of the “Top 10 Places To Stop the Car and Take A Look.” It is open from April 1-October 30. Admission is $10 for adults; $9.25 for seniors; $6 for children 6-12; free for children under 6.
This natural cavern features stalactites, stalagmites, and a great variety of cave formations, with two different tours and gemstone panning being offered, as well as other attractions on the site.
More than 20 species of North American mammals in large, natural exhibits are featured at this over 250-acre drive-thru wildlife park in the Black Hills.
Over 100 friendly farm animals in a clean, relaxed, hands-on environment, including cows, horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese; can be found at Old MacDonald's Petting Farm.
Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Thunderhead Falls are housed within one of the oldest gold mines of the region. Discovered by mine workers in 1878, who were apparently looking for a quartz vein, the falls became an instant hit with the locals. A wonderful sight featuring a great amount ice cold water dropping to approximately 30 feet (9 meters), right in the middle of a deep, dark cavern looks nothing short of magical. Interestingly, the mine which never produced any gold, today produces quite the income for its private owners as one of the most popular tourist spot in the area.