Local Area Attractions Near Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday

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 Parks, and historical towns that comprise this legendary region.  Scroll through our list of things to do in Rapid City and all the additional Black Hills attractions that we are one hour or less away from.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

A shrine of democracy located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Come visit the creation of the world's largest piece of sculpture. Join an interpretive program, take a self-guided tour, or watch the short film to learn about the history, art and unique culture of the monument. Get close to the sculpture on the President's Trail, which is a moderate walk.

13000 Hwy 244

Keystone, SD 57751

605-574-2523

Website

Museum of Geology
Museum of Geology

Come see an exceptional display of minerals, fossils, gold samples and other geological material, not to mention the first Tyrannosaurus Rex skull found in South Dakota.

501 East Saint Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701

605-394-2467

Website

Dinosaur Park
Dinosaur Park

Concrete monsters lord over Rapid City -- and they may rule forever. Generations of children have visited the hilltop Dinosaur Park. Free admission.

940 Skyline Drive

Rapid City, SD 57701

605-343-8687

Website

Chapel in the Hills
Chapel in the Hills

This replica of the famous 850 year old Borgund Stave Church in Norway features unique architecture and intricate carvings.

3788 Chapel Lane

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-342-8281

Website

City of Presidents Walking Tour
City of Presidents Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour of life-size bronze statues of our nation's presidents! Stop at the Visitor Center to pick up your walking guide.

631 Main Street

Rapid City, SD 57701

800-487-3223

Website

Outdoor Campus West
Outdoor Campus West

Explore 1.5 miles of nature trails, view indoor exhibits of South Dakota wildlife and a 4,600 gallon freshwater aquarium.

4130 Adventure Trail

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-394-2310

Website

Storybook Island
Storybook Island

A free children's playground in Rapid City where Dr. Seuss, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella and other fairytale characters dwell.

1301 Sheridan Lake Road

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-342-6357

Website

The Journey Museum & Learning Center
The Journey Museum & Learning Center

Take an incredible trek through time, from the formation of the mystical Black Hills to the continuing saga of the Western frontier. Four unique collections allow you to actually see, hear and touch history from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers who shaped its past.

222 New York Street

Rapid City, SD 57701

605-394-6923

Website

South Dakota Air and Space Museum
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Free admission! See more than 25 historic bombers, fighters, utility aircraft, missiles and more.

2890 Davis Drive

Rapid City, SD 57706

605-385-5189

Website

Jump Craze Trampoline Park
Jump Craze Trampoline Park

Let your kids burn off some energy in the Kids Court, Dunk Zone, Foam Pits and the Open Jump areas!

449 Americas Way

Box Elder, SD 57701

605-791-1728

Website

Black Hills Caverns
Black Hills Caverns

Nature's masterpiece of underground wilderness. 28 different cave formations in three-level wind caverns.

2600 Cavern Road, Hwy 44 West

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-343-0542

Website

Watiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
Watiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

Spend a day with your family playing arcade games, eating at Sliders Bar and swimming at a 30,000 square foot indoor water park.

1416 N Elk Vale Road

Rapid City, SD 57703

866-928-4543

Website

Black Hills Maze
Black Hills Maze

Get lost in the outdoor maze and enjoy other games for kids and adults.

6400 South Highway 16

Rapid City, SD 57701

605-343-5439

Website

Ft. Hays Chuckwagon Supper and Show
Ft. Hays Chuckwagon Supper and Show

Come enjoy some western hospitality at the most popular dinner theatre entertainment in the Black Hills. They offer an Original Chuckwagon Supper followed by a Cowboy Music Variety Show.

2255 Fort Hays Drive

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-348-2111

Website

Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens

See America's Giant Crocodile, giant tortoises, exotic birds, Komodo Dragons and spectacular tropical orchids. There are more reptile species here than in any other zoo in the world.

6 miles south of Rapid City on US Highway 16

Rapid City, SD 57702

800-335-0275

Website

Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA

A drive-thru wildlife park where you will see bear, elk, wolves, buffalo and other North American wildlife roaming free in natural habitat.

13820 S. Highway 16

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-343-2290

Website

Old MacDonalds Farm
Old MacDonalds Farm

E-I-E-I-O! This farm offers pony rides, train rides, and hand and bottle feeding animals. Watch the world class pig races and the sure-footed goats cross a bridge.

23691 Busted Five Ct

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-737-4815

Website

Cosmos
Cosmos

Where no one stands up straight, balls roll up hill, and you can stand on a wall. At Cosmos, you can experience all this and more.

24040 Cosmos Rd

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-343-9802

Website

Rush Mountain Adventure Park home of Rushmore Cave
Rush Mountain Adventure Park home of Rushmore Cave

Ride the Soaring Eagle Zipline and Mountain Coaster and then shoot zombies in the 7-D Interactive theater. Visit the beautiful Rushmore Cave to see stalagmites, flowstone, ribbons, columns and helictites.

13622 SD Hwy 40

Keystone, SD 57751

605-225-4384

Website

1880 Train
1880 Train

All aboard for a twenty mile journey on a vintage steam train through the Black Hills between Hill City and Keystone.

222 Railroad Ave

Hill City, SD 57745

605-574-2222

Website

Big Thunder Gold Mine
Big Thunder Gold Mine

Find yourself traveling back in time as you tour the underground, receive a free sample of gold ore and pan for gold by the stream.

604 Blair Street

Keystone, SD 57751

605-666-4847

Website

Rushmore Borglum Story
Rushmore Borglum Story

A beautiful museum and gallery that showcases the collections of oil paintings, marble sculptures, bronze statues and artifacts by Mount Rushmore's sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

342 Winter Street

Keystone, SD 57751

605-666-4448

Website

National Presidential Wax Museum
National Presidential Wax Museum

Celebrate America's proud heritage with life-like, life-size figures of all U.S. Presidents in authentic period costumes and surroundings.

609 Hwy 16A

Keystone, SD 57751

605-666-4455

Website

Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Rushmore Tramway Adventures

Take a scenic chairlift ride, sled down the Alpine Slide and ride one of many zip lines through the trees all while seeing unique views of Mt Rushmore.

203 Cemetery Road

Keystone, SD 57751

605-666-4478

Website

Circle B Chuckwagon Supper & Show
Circle B Chuckwagon Supper & Show

Enjoy a authentic western experience with excellent food and great music!

12138 Ray Smith Drive

Hill City, SD 57745

605-574-2129

Website

Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park

Located in southwestern South Dakota, this National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires amongst the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. The Badlands Wilderness Area covers 64,000 acres. There is a true abundance of activities to enjoy! Join ranger-led programs, visit a paleontological dig, or just study nature. Enjoy park trails like Cliff Shelf Nature Trail, Fossil Exhibit Trail, or the more aggressive Notch Trail. Hike or backpack! Be sure to visit the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, which features new exhibits, a 95-seat air conditioned theater and a new park film. The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Entrance fees are collected year round. Hwy 44 west from Rapid City provides an alternate scenic route to the park.

25216 Ben Reifel Road

Interior, SD 57750

605-433-5361

Website

Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument

President Theodore Roosevelt established Devils Tower National Monument on September 24, 1906. The spectacular rock formation known as Devils Tower and the surrounding countryside, home to a myriad of plant and animal life, attract visitors from around the world. American Indians consider the area sacred, a place for prayer and renewal.

WY-110

Devils Tower, WY 82714

307-467-5283

Website

Prairie Berry Winery
Prairie Berry Winery

Prairie Berry Winery has been producing handcrafted wines from fruits found native in South Dakota since 1876.

23837 Hwy 385

Hill City, SD 57745

605-574-3898

Website

George S. Mickelson Trail
George S. Mickelson Trail

Following the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Northern rail line, this trail is 109 miles of variety, welcoming bikers, hikers, cross country skiers, horseback riders and runners alike. With gentle slopes and easy access, people of all ages can enjoy many different types of terrain, as well as more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four hard rock tunnels. Amenities along the trail include water fountains, shelters with picnic tables, vault toilets and benches at scenic sites. Most of the trail is accessible to most mobility-impaired trail users. The closest trailhead to the KOA is Hill City; it's located in Tracy Park east of the High School on the Hwy 16 truck bypass. Follow US-16 W for 27 miles. A nominal fee is required at the trailhead.

Website

Museum at Black Hills Institute
Museum at Black Hills Institute

See Stan, the world's largest male T-rex and explore Hill City's natural history museum.

117 Main Street

Hill City, SD 57745

605-574-3919

Website

Evans Plunge
Evans Plunge

Geothermal pools and waterslide fun for the whole family.

1145 North River Street

Hot Springs, SD 57747

605-745-5165

Website

Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave is known for its incredible displays of "boxwork" and honeycomb shaped calcite that adorn the walls and ceilings.

26611 US Hwy 385

Hot Springs, SD 57747

605-745-4600

Website

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Where the American Mustang runs free! Multiple guided bus tours available.

12165 Highland Road

Hot Springs, SD 57747

605-745-5955

Website

The Mammoth Site
The Mammoth Site

One of the world's greatest fossil treasures! This is an internationally renowned working Paleontological site/museum.

1800 US Bypass

Hot Springs, SD 57747

605-745-6017

Website

Broken Boot Gold Mine
Broken Boot Gold Mine

Take an underground tour of a historical gold mine and learn how a real mine operated in the days of black powder and candlelight.

1200 Pioneer Way

Deadwood, SD 57732

605-578-9997

Website

Adams Museum & House
Adams Museum & House

Explore Deadwood's legendary past through changing exhibits. Discover the myths surrounding Wild Bill, Calamity Jane and other Deadwood characters.

22 Van Buren Street

Deadwood, SD 57732

605-578-3724

Website

Days of 76 Museum
Days of 76 Museum

Visit the newly constructed museum that holds Western and American Indian artifacts and the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in the state.

18 Seventy Six Drive

Deadwood, SD 57732

605-578-1657

Website

Tatanka: Story of the Bison
Tatanka: Story of the Bison

The story of the Bison and its historic kinship to the Lakota people.

100 Tatanka Drive

Deadwood, SD 57732

605-584-5678

Website

Black Hills Mining Museum
Black Hills Mining Museum

Guided tours through the simulated mine stopes and tunnels depict 125 years of mining technology.

323 W Main St

Lead, SD 57785

605-584-1605

Website

Sanford Lab Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center
Sanford Lab Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center

View the historic 1876 Open Cut mining area and stop by the Visitor Center to see unique artifacts, a short mining video and gift shop. 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.

160 Main Street

Lead, SD 57754

605-584-3110

Website

Matthews Opera House & Arts Center
Matthews Opera House & Arts Center

The 1906 Matthews Opera House on Main Street offers live year-round theatre.

612 Main Street

Spearfish, SD 57783

605-642-7973

Website

D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery
D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery

Free admission to the grounds, museum, fish ponds and restored Victorian residence.

423 Hatchery Cir

Spearfish, SD 57783

605-642-7730

Website

Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center
Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center

Enjoy a fun afternoon with your family at this 2-acre Water Park with 3 water slides, lazy river, kiddy pool, splash pad, climbing wall, and a wheelchair accessible lap pool.

122 Recreation Lane

Spearfish, SD 57783

605-722-1430

Website

Petrified Forest of the Black Hills
Petrified Forest 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!

8220 Elk Creek Road

Piedmont, SD 57769

605-787-4884

Website

High Plains Western Heritage Center
High Plains Western Heritage Center

Authentic displays of pioneer, ranching, mining, forestry and transportation history.

825 Heritage Drive

Spearfish, SD 57783

605-642-9378

Website

Wonderland Cave
Wonderland Cave

See the "40-foot icicle fence"!

12634 Alpine Road

Nemo, SD 57759

605-578-1728

Website

Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest sculpture! The Memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center which was dedicated at the 1996 Native American Day celebration, the sculptor's studio, as well as a new 40,000-square-foot Orientation Center and theaters which opened in May of 2000. Many Native American artists and crafts people create their artwork and visit with guests at the Memorial during the summer season.

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs

Crazy Horse, SD 57730

605-673-4681

Website

Custer State Park
Custer State Park

Drive through the scenic Wildlife Loop Road to see nearly 1,300 bison and many burros, elk and big horn sheep. Stop by the new Visitor Center at the junction of US Hwy 16 and the Wildlife Loop Road for information and maps of the area.

Website

Jewel Cave National Monument
Jewel Cave National Monument

Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the United States. The jewel-like Nailhead and Dogtooth Spar crystals line over 100 miles of passages.

11149 US Highway 16

Custer, SD 57730

605-673-8300

Website

Black Hills National Forest
Black Hills National Forest

Seen from a distance, these famous hills do indeed look black, but once you arrive you'll enter a world of color. Experience rock formations, canyons, open grassland parks, flowing streams, deep lakes and caves. Enjoy a plethora of recreation, including biking, easy to moderate hiking, nature study, photography, swimming, interpretive programs and more! Wildlife includes a wide variety of birds and four-legged animals, including elk, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The Forest borders Rapid City on the west side.

8221 US-16

Rapid City, SD 57702

605-343-1567

Website