- The list below includes 69 free or cheap things to do in or near Hill City, South Dakota, including 52 different types of inexpensive activities like Art Gallery, Specialty Museums, Hiking Trails and Breweries.
- From Mount Harney to Black Hills Institute - Museum, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hill City and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Rapid City, Custer, Keystone and Crazy Horse.
Named after the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, Borglum Historical Center features a behind the scenes look at the effort, time, tools, and perseverance that went in to making one of the country's greatest wonders.
Keystone is home to the Presidential Wax Museum, an impressive institution featuring life-size sculptures of all United States Presidents. The museum also has a restaurant called the Executive Order Grill and a mini-golf course.
Bismark Lake Campground is a campground set amidst a scattering of aspen groves and Ponderosa pine. They offer accessible recreation for all ages including hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on moderate terrain.
Custer, South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest is a spruce forest managed by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. It runs a popular Christmas tree permit program that allows permit holders to source their own Christmas tree from designated areas within the forest.
Considered to be part of the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Native American Educational & Cultural Center tries to enhance the experience of visitors at the memorial. Several hands-on activities are available at the center, including 'make and take' tables where crafts can be created and then taken home.
The Orientation & Communications Center serves as an educational experience for visitors to the Crazy Horse Memorial. Several exhibits are on display which tell the story of Native American history in the area and the stories of tribe members.