Things to Do in Rapid City

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Things to Do in Rapid City SD

Rapid City has a vibrant history that compliments the contemporary styles of today. Whether you’re visiting with a tour group, your family, attending a convention, or on your own, you will be welcomed with a smile. There is so much to see and do within Rapid City. Local attractions including Dinosaur Park, Main Street Square, City of Presidents and the Journey Museum & Learning Center are all within a short walk or drive. And did we mention our wonderful restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries?

Within an hour’s drive, we have six national parks, monuments and memorials as well as our state parks ready for you to explore.

Parks and Monuments
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Badlands National Park
  • Custer State Park
  • Jewel Cave National Monument
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
  • Crazy Horse Memorial

With more than 4,500 hotel rooms in Rapid City, there is always a place to rest your head at the end of a long day of sightseeing. (See LODGING in our directory for a complete listing.)

As a resident, it’s easy to love all that the strong tourism industry brings to the region. Whether you want something for a quick afternoon, a weekend or an extended staycation, you don’t have far to go to find something to do. Additionally, tourism makes up 8.9 percent of all jobs in the state. Our strong tourism industry means residents pay less in taxes; each South Dakota household would pay an additional $871 in taxes per year if tourism didn’t exist.

Attractions and Events in Rapid City

Reptile Gardens
8955 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 342-5873
(800) 335-0275
www.reptilegardens.com

Naked Winery of South Dakota-Custer
Cory Polzine
430 Mt Rushmore Rd
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 673-2733
www.nakedwinerysd.com

Naked Winery of South Dakota-Hill City
Kim Livingston
23851 Hwy 385
Hill City, SD 57745
(605) 574-2454
www.nakedwinerysd.com

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Marty LaMontagne
13000 Hwy 244, Bldg 81
Keystone, SD 57751-4404
(605) 574-2515
www.mtrushmorenationalmemorial.com

Bear Country USA
Pauline Casey
13820 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-2290
www.bearcountryusa.com

Big Thunder Gold Mine
Sandra McLain
604 Blair Ave
Keystone, SD 57751
(605) 666-4847
www.bigthundermine.com

Black Hills Caverns
Kathy Kelly Johnson
2600 Cavern Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-0542
www.blackhillscaverns.com

Black Hills Escape Rooms
John Reuter
705 Main St
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 381-0290 / (605) 731-8050
www.blackhillsescaperooms.com

Black Hills Playhouse
Linda Anderson
24834 S Playhouse Rd
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 255-4141
www.blackhillsplayhouse.com

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra
Kirsten Hollenbeck
PO Box 2246
Rapid City, SD 57709-2246
(605) 348-4676
www.bhsymphony.org

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Susan Watt
12163 Highland Dr
Hot Springs, SD 57747
(605) 745-5955
(800) 252-6652
www.wildmustangs.com

Cosmos of the Black Hills
Nicole LaJeunesse
24040 Cosmos Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-9802
www.cosmosmysteryarea.com

Dinosaur Park Gift Shop & Visitor Center
Charles McLain
940 Skyline Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-8687
www.dinosaurparkblackhills.com

Flutter Productions
Heather Pickering
3603 Range Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 718-8338
www.flutterproductions.com

Jump Craze
Destry Williams
449 Americas Way
Box Elder, SD 57719
(605) 791-1728
www.jumpcrazeusa.com

Korczak’s Heritage, Inc.
Jadwiga Ziolkowski
12151 Ave of the Chiefs
Custer, SD 57730-8900
(605) 673-4681
www.crazyhorse.org

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Presston Gabel
1800 Hwy 18, Truck Rte
Hot Springs, SD 57747
(605) 745-6017
www.mammothsite.com

Meadowood Lanes/Restaurant & Lounge
Hollie Dump
3809 Sturgis Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702-0318
(605) 343-5985

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Cheryl Schreier
13000 Hwy 244, Bldg 31, Ste 1
Keystone, SD 57751-4404
(605) 574-2523
www.nps.gov/moru

National Presidential Wax Museum
Michelle Anderson
609 Hwy 16-A
Keystone, SD 57751
(605) 666-4455
www.presidentialwaxmuseum.com

Performing Arts Center of Rapid City
Nicolas Johnson
601 Columbus St
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-1786
www.performingartsrc.org

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Stan Hansen
1500 LaCrosse St
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-8540
www.piratescove.net

Prairie Berry Winery
Carmen Toft
23837 Hwy 385
Hill City, SD 57745
(605) 574-3898
(877) 226-9453
www.prairieberry.com

Press Start
Tony DeMaro
504 Mt Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 791-1600

Rapid City Summer Nights
Sandra Schwan
2360 Deadwood Ave Unit P
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-9230
www.rapidcitysummernights.com

Roosevelt Park Ice Arena
Erin Holmes
235 Waterloo St
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-6161
www.rcgov.org

Rush Mountain Adventure Park — Home of Rushmore Cave
Tom Hagen
13622 Hwy 40
Keystone, SD 57751-6604
(605) 255-4384
www.rushmtn.com

Rushmore Borglum Story
Laura Pankratz
342 Winter St
Keystone, SD 57751
(605) 666-4448
(800) 888-4369
www.rushmoreborglum.com

Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Mark and Vivian Fullerton
203 Cemetery Rd
PO Box 112
Keystone, SD 57751
(605) 666-4478
www.rushmoretramwayadventures.com

South Dakota Air & Space Museum
Bob Harned
PO Box 871
Box Elder, SD 57719-0871
(605) 385-5189
www.sdairandspacemuseum.com

Storybook Island
Connie LeZotte
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 342-6357
www.storybookisland.org

Sutton Rodeos, Inc.
Jim & Julie Sutton
PO Box 33
Onida, SD 57564
(605) 381-0697
www.suttonrodeo.com

Wall Drug Store
Rick Hustead
PO Box 401
510 Main St
Wall, SD 57790-0401
(605) 279-2175
www.walldrug.com

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
Pete Kjos
1314 N Elk Vale Rd
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 718-7000
(866) 945-3754
www.watikiwaterpark.com