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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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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

As usual with the fabulous National Parks service the visitors centre staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you

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Orange Park, Florida
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102 reviews 102 reviews
49 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our day in the Badlands was one of our favorites of the whole trip. Coming from Rapid City early that morning, here was our itinerary: *Minuteman Missile NHS *Enter Badlands via Exit 131 and the NE Entrance. *Cliff Shelf Nature Trail *Ben Reifel Visitor Center *Lunch at Cedar Pass Lodge *Notch Trail *Window Trail *Door Trail *Drive NW on Badlands... More

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101 reviews 101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The visitors center is an ideal place to begin your visit to the Badlands. The film is informative plus in the back corner of the center there is lots of information about the south unit. We visited 3 NPS this past week and this was the nicest visitor center for the parks.

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Central Louisiana
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154 reviews 154 reviews
21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Staff were knowledgable and friendly. Many interesting things to see and read about. Numerous exhibits that explain the history. Another great place to take in while in the area.

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Maryville, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stocked well with nice things to buy, a little pricey maybe. A school group was here at the same time I think, so it was a little extra busy. Maybe going early would be a good idea, just in case! Clean bathrooms and helpful staff.

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Deltona, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The visitor center for the north unit of the Badlands NP is located just a few miles south of exit 131 off of I-90…near the eastern end of the loop road through the park. It is the place you should go to ask a ranger questions regarding the park, see the exhibits on the geology of the area, watch a... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is the main visitor center for the Badlands National Park. The information they have in the center is great and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Food here was pretty good and not terribly expensive. Worth the trip if you're driving around the park.

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Mold, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

So often you turn up at a visitor centre, look at the displays and move on without really learning a great deal or speaking to an expert or anyone with local knowledge. That isn't the case here, the rangers and other staff are so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and approachable. We, my wife and I, spent a wonderful two hours learning so... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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131 reviews 131 reviews
81 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was probably one of my favorite visitor centers as it was clean and had interesting exhibits to look at. One of the rangers inside told us where to go within the park to hopefully find some wild bison- which we ended up seeing! A visit here is a must.

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Vista, Ca
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270 reviews 270 reviews
133 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Besides the clean bathrooms there are also exhibits and a movie. When we visited the lab was open and you can see them working on fossils. You can also picnic with some shade at the visitor center or at the lodge next door.

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