- The list below includes 51 free or cheap things to do in or near Rapid City, South Dakota, including 53 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Mini Golf, Caverns & Caves and Nature & Wildlife Areas.
- From Downtown Rapid City to George S. Mickelson Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Rapid City and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Keystone, Hill City, Custer and Nemo.
A 29 acre park, Canyon Lake Park offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The park has four picnic pavilions, walking and jogging trails, a boat ramp with paddleboats for rent, and fishing access.
Thunderhead Falls is the oldest gold mine open to the public in the Black Hills area. The journey of the 1878 miners is detailed at the site, and guests can enjoy the falls themselves which is essentially eight cubic feet of water spewing vertically for more than 30 feet.
The Scandinavian-inspired Chapel in the Hills is an ecumenical Christian chapel inspired by Norse Lutheran architecture. A half-hour evening prayer service is held every night, and the Chapel is available for weddings.
Rapid City's Reptile Gardens is a large zoological complex focused on reptiles. Its inhabitants include dozens of snake species, alligators and tortoises. The most popular animals at Reptile Gardens include Fluffy, a juvenile alligator, and Marilyn, an enormous albino python.
Enjoy a round or two at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf in Rapid City, South Dakota. Kids and adults love navigating the whimsical, imaginative course before visitng the gift shop and snack bar. All ages are welcome.
Buckle your seatbelt and prepare to meet incredible animals at Bear Country USA in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bear Country USA also features 'babyland,' an area where guests and park staff interact with adorable baby bears and other young wildlife.
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Your ticket for hours of family friendly entertainment is at Putz n Glo Indoor Black Light Miniature Golf. A perfect choice for your next party, guests can play mini golf, pan for gemstones, and try and negotiate the giant maze.
South Dakota's Dinosaur Park sits in Rapid City. This municipal park is named for the huge painted dinosaur models scattered throughout its grounds. The park is open dailiy and offers plenty of shade in the spring and summer months.