South Dakota is full of tourist attractions to
please all. Nature lovers will love the beautiful views and many
nature parks. History buffs will find a variety of Wild West
experiences. Below is a sampling of activities available in
Please call the location
to verify hours and pricing as they are subject to change.
CITY THEME PARK- US HIGHWAYS 16 & 385, Custer. Your
kids will love the walk around Bedrock. Tour the houses and town
building, ride a flintstonemobile and the Iron Horse Train. There's
even a show to see your favorite Flintstone's characters! Don't forget
to take the kids to Mt. Rockmore to get a photo. Restaurant on site.
There is also a campground on site. Open May 19 - Sept 3;
call for current hours. Cost is
$10, ages 5 and under Free. 605.673.4079
PETRIFIED GARDENS- Exit 152 from I-90, Kadoka. Outdoor park
with the largest petrified trees and logs found in the Badlands area.
There is also an indoor museum with prehistoric fossils and a
fluorescent mineral exhibit. Open mid- April -
mid - October. Call for current hours. Cost is $5, ages 6 -
16 is $2.50, ages 5 & under are Free. For information call 605.837.2448
RUSHMORE- Highway 244, Keystone. Just amazing! See
Mount Rushmore from the overlook then walk through the museum. Hours:
Daily 8 - 9 (Sept 6 - Sept 30 2012), Daily 8 - 5 (Oct 1 2012 - May
2013). There is no fee to visit Mount Rushmore but you must pay to park
at the site. Parking Cost is $11 per vehicle. For information call
CAVE- 13622 Hwy 40, Keystone. The area's largest stalactite
cave. One hour tour. Hours:
9 - 5 (May 1 - May 25, Aug 20 - Aug 31, Sept 3 - Oct 31)
8 - 8 (May 26 - Aug 4, Sept 1 & Sept 2)
9 - 7 (Aug 5 - Aug 19)
CLOSED (Nov 1 - Apr 30)
Cost is $14 for ages 13+, ages 5 - 12 is $8 and ages 4 & under are Free.
Discounts are available for active duty military as well. For
information call 605.255.4384
BEAR COUNTRY USA- Located at 13820 S. Hwy 16;
about 8 miles south of Rapid City. Drive-through nature center.
See animals as they roam freely.
Hours: June - Aug 8a - 6p, May and Sept - Mid Nov 9a
- 4p. Cost is $16 for adults, seniors 62+ is $13, children ages 5 - 12
is $10, children ages 4 & under are Free. For information call:
BLACK HILLS CAVERN- Located at 2600 Cavern Rd, Rapid
City. Features 28 cave formations. Two types of tours
available. Open May 1 - September 30. Call for hours and