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Presidents Park - CLOSED

Address: 11249 Presidents Park Loop, Lead, SD 57754
Phone Number: 605 584 9925
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Owner description: With all 42 Presidents sculpted busts standing ten-time life size in a lavish Black Hills Garden on...
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Owner description: With all 42 Presidents sculpted busts standing ten-time life size in a lavish Black Hills Garden on a nature trail complete with Presidents history and biographical information. Artist David Adickes sculpted the huge busts of all 42 presidents of the United States over the last five years and transported them to Deer Mountain near Lead and Deadwood, South Dakota between Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower Wyoming. The Presidents Park sculpture garden is 20 acres of beautiful, mountain meadows with towering Ponderosa pines and wild flowers. A gentle trail meanders through the trees and is bordered by the monumental busts. Beside each bust is a panel with biographical and other relevant information pertaining to that President. A large, chalet-styled visitors center contains a gift shop, Cafe D'Artiste, with a light gourmet menu, and a Starbucks Coffee House. Also available in the center are books, history & articles of relevance to the presidents. Other art objects are also on display. And an educational center is planned in the near future. Our full service VISITORS CENTER opens June 1, 2002 with local Music, Art Exhibits and Starbucks Specials.

10 reviews from our community

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Gillette, Wyoming
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A stroll through time... If you love history and want to show your children the President's then this is a nice little walk at your on time and pace...

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Closed- closed! Don't even think about stopping. Even when it was open , it was an.....if u build it people will stop. Way Bette ways to spend your $$$$ in the Hills.

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Lead, South Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

From the onset this attraction was an eyesore in the Black Hills. It is closed now, and will be wonderful when the black eye is removed from the highway.

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Rochester, MN
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We had read about this but when we made our way up the hill, it was closed and it appears it has been closed for a while.

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rapid city, sd
Top Contributor
236 reviews 236 reviews
95 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Too expensive to get in, plenty of other places in the area to learn about the Presidents

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Florissant, Missouri, USA
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
75 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2011

This attraction is no longer located at the original site. One statue still stands at the entrance with a sign over the gate saying that they're trying to set up somewhere else. We noticed more of the large busts on our way south from Rapid City, though, and asked for an update. The store nearby just knew that they were... More 

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New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

Peaceful wooded setting off the beaten path. Great refresher history lesson for those of us way past our grade school days. Well done displays although George W looks a little pale. Dad is by his side across the way from Bubba. There was no one else there which made for a nice peaceful stroll thru the park. A little corny... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2007

It was deserted in the middle of a warm autumn afternoon. The park setting was not as big as we expected, but provided a gentle stroll. I can't vouch for the true likeness of all the heads because I don't remember any before JFK, but I didn't think Clinton looked like the real guy! The best bit was the information... More 

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Carroll, Iowa
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2006

This was my favorite place in a long while. The directions were accurate but the signage was poor to find it - thank goodness for the periodic Lincoln heads on the roadway. What was most fun was my firneds and I discussing weird facts of the presidents that were not on the already informative paragraphs accompanying each head. The setting... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2005

I recommend this highly. The setting is incredible. As you stroll along a path lined by busts of the Presidents, you hear the breeze rustling through the trees and smell the pure mountain air. I have been there a couple of times and it is not crowded at all. You can take your time and enjoy the setting. The busts... More 

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