4031 Cheyenne Blvd., Rapid City, SD, US, 57703
- Phone: (605) 791-5678
- Fax: (605) 791-5692
While exploring Rapid City’s historic downtown area, be greeted by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, George Washington and Bill Clinton. Along the sidewalks is a series of life-sized statues of every President of the United States. This bronze collection commemorates the presidential legacy of the nation while making for an interesting public art display among the array boutiques and restaurants.
Born out of a tragedy, the Memorial Park was built to honor the memory of the victims of the June 1972 floods that devastated Rapid City. In the park, there are structures like the Flood Memorial Fountain, and the Memorial Lake, that ensure the lost residents, and the tragedy, are not forgotten by locals or visitors. Also, the park is home to a Berlin Wall exhibit, which is one of the biggest memorials of the event in the country. See the website for more information.
Children of all ages agree that this family-centered park is a winner. The 37,000-square-foot, two-level maze featuring 1.2 miles of passages, stairways, towers and bridges is challenging and fun. The park also includes a 19-station bank-shot basketball court, roller racers, Maze Mountain, paint ball course, water games and a toddler-sized maze for the littlest explorers. Getting lost has never been this much fun. Admission is charged per individual attraction; call for prices. Check website for varying open hours.
This astounding park boasts the largest collection of live reptiles in the world, featuring everything from toads to salamanders. It also houses an impressive collection of tortoises, alligators and snakes. Visitors also enjoy a walk-through jungle, animal shows and 40 acres of landscaped grounds. USA Today named this family-attraction one of the “Top 10 Places To Stop the Car and Take A Look.” It is open from April 1-October 30. Admission is $10 for adults; $9.25 for seniors; $6 for children 6-12; free for children under 6.
Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Thunderhead Falls are housed within one of the oldest gold mines of the region. Discovered by mine workers in 1878, who were apparently looking for a quartz vein, the falls became an instant hit with the locals. A wonderful sight featuring a great amount ice cold water dropping to approximately 30 feet (9 meters), right in the middle of a deep, dark cavern looks nothing short of magical. Interestingly, the mine which never produced any gold, today produces quite the income for its private owners as one of the most popular tourist spot in the area.
A discovery made in 1952 by two college lads, has turned into Rapids City's popular attraction, Cosmos Mystery Area. As the signboard at the entrance aptly reads 'laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk', nothing in this attraction can be perceived as normal. The tour involves standing on walls, walking around tilted structures, water flowing upwards, unexplainable changes in heights and sizes and much more. If you are too perplexed regarding the occurrences on the tour, then distortion is the answer. While on a trip to Mount Rushmore, a detour to the Cosmos Mystery Area will be a fun-stop. Check website for varying days of operation.
This instantly recognizable mountain carving by sculptor Gutzon Borglum is one of the nation's most-beloved treasures. The 60-foot-tall faces of four of America's greatest presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, look down from their 500-foot mountaintop above the beautiful forests of the Black Hills. The Avenue of Flags, a concession building, sculptor's studio and Grandview Terrace, sets the stage for quality viewing. Admission is free, but there is an $8 parking fee. Check website for varying open hours.
Aptly named, Hill City is located in the heart of the Black Hills mountain range. Though the region that Hill City would be established in saw the first human settlers as early as 7000 BCE, it was the booming mining industry, mainly tin and gold, in the late 19th Century that saw the beginnings of a proper town settlement. After the collapse of the mining industry, the town almost disappeared off the map. Today, the town is a hot-spot for tourism, and is close to places like Mount Rushmore, the Custer State Park and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, as well as being the venue for several arts festivals. See the website to know more about Hill City.