- The list below includes 51 free or cheap things to do in or near Rapid City, South Dakota, including 53 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Mini Golf, Caverns & Caves and Nature & Wildlife Areas.
- From Downtown Rapid City to George S. Mickelson Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Rapid City and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Keystone, Hill City, Custer and Nemo.
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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Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD MoreLess Info
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.
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2707 Mt. Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD MoreLess Info
Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory Tour is a 90 minute jewelry factory tour where visitors can watch the lost-wax casting process and see diamonds cast in molten gold. The free tour also offers complimentary coffee and cookies.
Enjoy the unique, family fun adventure at Black Hills Maze, the only place where getting lost is a blast. The maze is a 1.2 mile labyrinth of walkways, bridges, twists, and turns, and visitors can also enjoy mini golf and rock climbing wall.