- Our list of the best things to do in Hot Springs, South Dakota, features the top 31 nearby activities — including 12 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Hot Springs, SD has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, Sights & Landmarks, and Amusement.
- The results below include the top 14 things to do within the city of Hot Springs, SD , followed by 17 popular activities in nearby cities, including Custer, Crazy Horse and Buffalo Gap
94% 1043 votes
1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747 MoreLess Info
Several large specimens of woolly mammoths were found in 1974, which was preserves as the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. A museum grew around the actual site that teaches visitors about paleontology and geology.
There are numerous tour options at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary which allow for different types of encounters with the animals. The most basic package is a two-hour guided bus tour while the most expensive allows for an extended stay in an old-fashioned cabin on site.
Private guided trail rides are the specialty of Sage Meadow Ranch. All skill levels (ages 13 and up) are invited to make a reservation for a horseback riding experience. Rides range from an hour and a half to three hours.
92% 50 votes
13157 N. Angostura Road, Hot Springs, SD 57747 MoreLess Info
Outdoor enthusiasts will find a variety of activities to participate in at Angostura Recreation Area. Boating, fishing, camping and swimming are among the favorites. Canoe and kayak rentals are available.
Waterslides and a large indoor pool at Evans Plunge are filled with water from the nearby natural thermal spring. The warm water stays at 87 degrees Fahrenheit and flows into the attraction at a rate of 5000 gallons per minute.
The Red Rock River Resort is one of the more popular boutique lodging options in the area. It features a full service spa in addition to luxurious rooms to allow for complete relaxation when visiting the historic Hot Springs.
80% 10 votes
SD Highway 71, Hot Springs, SD MoreLess Info
Pack a picnic and head to J.H. Keith Park and Whitney Preserve at Cascade Springs. Take a walk around the park and enjoy nature. Soak your feet or jump right into the springs for a refreshing dip.
At Pioneer Museum there are many pieces of original art such as paintings and sculptures, and tools and equipment that pioneers used in their daily lives. Visitors can see a recreated 19th century doctor's office, classroom and general store.