- TripBuzz found 57 things to do with kids in or near Rapid City, South Dakota, including 31 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Keystone, Hill City, Custer and Nemo.
- From Storybook Island to Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, the Rapid City area offers 52 different types of family activities, including: Specialty Museums, Amusement Parks (All Ages), Mini Golf and Water Parks.
- One of the largest cities in South Dakota, Rapid City is home to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Located near the Black Mountains, the city is a popular locale for outdoor sports and adventures including rock climbing, bicycling, fishing, kayaking and tubing. Along with outdoor recreation, the area has a variety of museums and cultural centers such as Reptile Gardens, The Journey Museum and Dinosaur Park.
A 29 acre park, Canyon Lake Park offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The park has four picnic pavilions, walking and jogging trails, a boat ramp with paddleboats for rent, and fishing access.
Featuring a variety of activities, Ranch Amusement Park is suitable for all ages. A few attractions at the park include miniature golf, bumper boats, a climbing wall and the bee ride (appropriate for tots and younger children).
Thunderhead Falls is the oldest gold mine open to the public in the Black Hills area. The journey of the 1878 miners is detailed at the site, and guests can enjoy the falls themselves which is essentially eight cubic feet of water spewing vertically for more than 30 feet.
A movie theater with 10 auditoriums, Carmike Ten displays first-run feature films using digital projection and sound. The theater offers RealD 3D movies as well as a traditional theater snack bar with food and drinks.
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.
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.
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.