There is so much to see and do in South Dakota. We want you to have the full experience of being surrounded by the ponderosa pines in our National Parks, State Park, and historical towns that comprise this legendary region. Scroll through our list of things to do in Rapid City and additional Black Hills attractions.
Black Hills Badlands and Lakes
This is the ultimate online vacation guide to the Black Hills and the Badlands, which are east of Rapid City.
Here is the second longest cave in the United States and third longest in the world. On one of their many daily tours offered you will see calcite crystals and various formations.
This shop includes a vast range of fossils, dinosaur bones, custom made jewelry, t-shirts, and more.
Prairie Berry Winery
Prairie Berry Winery has been producing handcrafted wines from fruits found native to the South Dakota prairie since 1876.
Take a vintage train ride through the Black Hills from Hill City to Keystone. Riding on this steam locomotive will make you feel as if you are in the 1800’s exploring the great American West!
The world’s largest natural indoor swimming pool is fun for everyone. In addition to the warm natural water indoors, there are many slides, traveling rings, and an outdoor pool! Hot tubs, steam room, sauna, and fitness center are also available.
The Mammoth Site
Experience the world’s largest mammoth research facility and active paleontological dig. This paleontological dig was discovered in the 1970’s and now houses dozens of mammoth bones!
Wind Cave National Park
Known for its incredible displays of "boxwork", honeycombshaped calcite that adorns the walls and ceilings. This national park is between Custer State Park and Hot Springs, and a great place to see Bison roam.
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Where the American Mustang runs free! This is located at the southern part of the Black Hills just outside of Hot Springs.
Located a few miles east of Mt. Rushmore, this cave features many interesting formations and will be a cool break from the summer heat.
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, life-like wax figures depicting our country’s most shaping experiences in dramatically historical settings.
Take a ride to the top of this mountain and enjoy a scenic view of Keystone. Then, slide your way down these Alpines slides.
Rushmore Borglum Story
Enhance your Rushmore experience in Keystone, SD where you learn about Mt. Rushmore’s sculptor and visionary.
Adams Museum and House
Take a trip back to the old west in Deadwood. This museum was founded as a tribute to Black Hills pioneers.
Big Thunder Gold Mine-Keystone
Take a tour of this gold mine, as well as pan for your gold for a souvenir!
Black Hills Mining Museum
Learn about the Gold Rush and the history of mining in the Black Hills area. Visitors also can pan for gold and learn about the process.
Homestake Gold Mine
Homestake is more than a museum, it is the oldest, deepest mine in the Western Hemisphere reaching more than 8,000 feet below the town of Lead.
Pioneer Auto Museum
Murdo's fabulous display of more than 250 antique, classic and muscle cars. Built in the 1950’s this museum is part of South Dakota’s history. In addition, it is conveniently located on I-90.
Beautiful Wonderland Cave
Two level caverns 60 million years old. A highlight is the "40-foot icicle fence."
Petrified Forests of the Black Hills
Learn Black Hills geology with an exceptional animated video, digital and graphic museum displays, and a five-block nature walk to the trees of stone!
High Plains Western Heritage Center
Live buffalo and longhorns can be seen year around on its pastures. A small animal farm is open in the summer as well as a fully furnished original school house. Open year round, daily from 9-5.
Matthews Opera House
The 1906 Matthews Opera House on Main Street offers live year-round theatre.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Over a million motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts come to Sturgis each year to experience the famous gathering of bikers, bars, and concerts at the legendary Buffalo Chip.