Things to Do in Rapid City, SD

Things to Do in Rapid City, SD

Whether you are exploring the Black Hills or visiting the famous Mt. Rushmore monument, you need a convenient place to stay, and Rapid City/Black Hills KOA Holiday is the perfect location. You can easily explore some of the best places to visit near the Black Hills, and you are close to Rapid City too. 

Be sure to add these attractions, restaurants and things to do to your itinerary when you visit Rapid City, SD.

Enjoy Nature at Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park

Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park is a great place to visit if you want to spend some time in the great outdoors. The park includes 20 miles of recreational trails you and your family can use for hiking, biking or trail running. The park was founded from a donation by Edna Marie Larsen, who grew up in South Dakota. You can glimpse Harney Peak, Bear Butte and the start of the Badlands from this park.

See Fossils at the Museum of Geology

Explore incredible dinosaur fossils and minerals from fish and sharks found along the banks of the Missouri River to Jurassic dinosaurs and mammals from the area. The Museum of Geology is a great free activity. Kids and adults alike can learn about the area's history of paleontology and mineralogy. The museum in Rapid City, South Dakota also contains a Kid's Zone with hands-on experiences to keep the little ones entertained.

If you would like to see some more dinosaurs, check out the Rapid City Dinosaur Park. The park contains seven “life-size” concrete dinosaurs and reptiles.

Learn About Presidents With a Walking Tour

Take pictures with life-size president statutes and learn some brief history with a walking tour near Rapid City's Main Street. The tour is self-guided, so you can see the presidents in any order and stop whenever you want. While you walk the tour, you can read descriptions of the presidents and the statues. 

This tour is also an excellent opportunity to explore some central areas in the city. While walking, you can take a break in Main Street Square or grab lunch at a local restaurant.

Explore the Black Hills Caverns

Take a tour of the Black Hills Caverns to look at some interesting underground rock formations. The caverns host two guided tours. One explores the cave's first level, and the tour lasts about half an hour. The other explores all three levels of the caverns for the best variety of cave formations. If you have kids under five, they get in free. After exploring the caves, stop by the Kid's Zone to pan for gemstones or mine for crystals.

Dine at Firehouse Brewing Company

Visit this old fire station turned food joint for some classic American cuisine. This Rapid City, South Dakota, restaurant still contains memorabilia on the walls and ceiling, like the fire pole and ladders. The Firehouse includes a brewery, indoor restaurant, bar and an outdoor patio that sometimes hosts live music performances. You can drink at the bar or bring your kids and order food off the kid's menu in the restaurant. 

Book Your Stay at Rapid City/Black Hills KOA Holiday

If you are ready to visit South Dakota and other family attractions near the Black Hills, you will need a place to stay. Rapid City/Black Hills KOA Holiday is just the spot for you. It is the ideal base camp for exploring the Black Hills with easy access to I-90. 

There are many ways to stay here. You can book an RV Site, Tent Site, Camping Cabin or Deluxe Cabin. Rapid City/Black Hills KOA Holiday is a great family- and pet-friendly choice for your Black Hills outdoor adventure. 

Start your trip to the Black Hills by reserving online today. When you stay with us, you can have a relaxing camping experience while you explore the outdoors. 

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