- Our list of the best things to do in Rapid City, South Dakota, features the top 77 nearby activities — including 37 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Rapid City, SD has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Places, Sights & Landmarks, and Food & Drink.
- The results below include the top 32 things to do within the city of Rapid City, SD , followed by 45 popular activities in nearby cities, including Keystone, Hill City, Custer, Nemo and Piedmont
Visitors can enjoy daily sightseeing tours of the Black Hills with Mount Rushmore Tours. Notable tour sites include Mount Rushmore, the 1880 Train, Black Hills Wineries, Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, Crazy Horse, and Needles Eye Tunnel.
Rapid City, South Dakota is home to Storybook Island, a family-frienly theme part that caters to very young children. The Island is based on some of the most beloved children's books from throughout the world. It is not open during winter.
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.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of tours through the Black Hills in convertible top vehicles with Black Hills Open-Top-Tours. Notable tour stops include Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse and they also offer special winery tours with wine tasting.
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.
Located on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the Museum of Geology houses a fascinating collection of prehistoric fossils, minerals, and rocks. Visitors will be enthralled with the Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, and spectacular marine reptiles.
Located within the historic downtown area, the City of Presidents Walking Tour provides guests the opportunity to tour the area while seeing bronze statues of past presidents. Guests enjoy visiting the many local stores and restaurants while on the tour.
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Airplane and space exploration enthusiasts always linger in the South Dakota Air & Space Museum, dedicated to preserving aircraft and other flight paraphenalia. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits. Tours are also available.