- 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.
Four Mile Old West Town contains over 50 buildings from an old west town including a bank, schoolhouse, and hotels, and some are available to be peeked inside. During certain times, the town has a melodrama, and the town is also available for weddings and commercial photography.
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.
Peter Norbeck Visitors Center offers visitors displays and exhibits about the park and surrounding Black Hills, life size animal mounts, information about the park's on-going naturalist programs, a book store and staff members to help plan their stay.
Custer State Park in Custer, South Dakota contains four lakes and is known for its trout population. The park's waters also contain almost 200 other fish species. Campgrounds and trails also make this park extremely popular throughout the year.
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.
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.