- The list below includes 26 free or cheap things to do in or near Hot Springs, South Dakota, including 40 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Farms & Ranches, Bowling and Mini Golf.
- From Wind Cave National Park to Angostura Recreation Area, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hot Springs and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Custer and Crazy Horse.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.