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Ben Reifel Visitor Center

Badlands National Park, SD
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: Visitor center with exhibits as well as nearby shop and restaurant facilities.
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Vero Beach, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Books, souvenirs and other items available for purchase in gift shop. Some other exhibits available for viewing. Small operation with an information booth. Photo opportunities availble outside and surrounding area.

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New Rochelle, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

As always, the National Park Rangers are so knowledgeable and helpful. The visitor center at the Badlands was well-staffed, and we got lots of help planning our activities. We attended 2 evening programs presented by the Rangers-very informative and enjoyable.

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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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145 reviews 145 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

As far as National Park Visitor Center this one is fairly small. However it is packed full of informational exhibits. The exhibits focus on the geological formations of the Badlands. They also cover the types of animals whose fossils remain today. The 20 minute movie is very interesting. However make sure you're well rested because the sites and music are... More

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Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
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89 reviews 89 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The visitor center clean, has restrooms and air conditioned. The gift shop offers pretty typical tourist items and we were happy to find a deck of cards with 53 beautiful photos of America's national parks, monuments and memorials on their faces. Inside the center you will also find plenty of exhibits and a theater where you can view a film... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
47 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

After spending a morning at Rushmore, I drove over to the Badlands. I was amazed by the beauty that greeted me as I drove. It was 106 Degrees on the August Day that I visited. I utilized the Visitor Center for Restrooms, a water bottle fill, and information about the site.

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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196 reviews 196 reviews
83 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our best memories of the trip to the visitor center was that the AC was nice and cool on the humid, 104 degree day when we visited. The parking lot was in the process of being repaved and parking was very limited. On the day we visited the visitor center was fairly crowded. The Jr Ranger program was fairly easy... More

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New Ulm, MN
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121 reviews 121 reviews
49 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We perused the museum that was in this visitor center and were not impressed. There are restrooms and a nice gift shop, but don't plan too much time here. Much better spent on the trails and the loop road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

This was a wonderful introduction to the Badlands. The displays were interesting and educational. Most of the rangers were very friendly although my young daughter asked a question and was basically referred to the display that was well above her reading level. However, we felt the stop was completely worthwhile and we enjoyed doing some souvenir shopping as well.

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Lydney, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My whole family thoroughly enjoyed the visitor centre, presentations and Ranger talks. Enjoy. Fossil lab is great, and the rangers ate terrific with under tens. Thank you. Your enthusiasm and knowledge shines through, and it was so good to see the young Sioux volunteers learning the ropes for the future. Good luck.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
50 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a nice place to stop to use the restroom and get information on the Badlands. I wish the place sold snacks. There is a nice museum that shows the history of the Badlands.

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