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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
605 745 6017
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 59 Columbian & woolly mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activities for children, an educational experience for the entire family. One of the top fossil interpretive sites in North America. Open year-round. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Miami, Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
99 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

If you have ever visited Dinosaur National Monument and marveled at the preserved bones literally frozen in time, than this is the mammal version of it. There are dozens of preserved mammoth skeletons still in the ground and you can watch them being slowly excavated by paleontologists one scrape of the earth at a time. The museum is literally built... More

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Southport, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

me and my dad visited whilst in the area after picking up a leaflet. one of the best parts of the 3 week trip. if your in the area check it out. Was quiet this time of the year so great to look around.

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Crested Butte, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Took our 9 and 10 year old on the tour. Was very well done and entertaining for kids and us. Well advertised along the drive so was easy to find. Very well preserved and my 9 year old son who is a dinosaur 'expert' loved it. So did my daughter. Highly recommended.

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New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This site was totally unexpected and way more than I ever imagined. It feels like you are looking at a huge diorama, but this is all real!!! The remains found in this sinkhole are spectacular. Might spur some children to want to become archeologists.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The site is enclosed so is open all year round. This is helpful if you visit off season which can be anywhere after Labor Day or October 15.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Often, I fear that some of these touristy things are just gimmicks. But Mammoth Site is the real deal. Don't be put off by the fact that it's not an open archeological dig in the great outdoors but instead fits into a warehouse-sized building. This excavation of wooly and Columbian mammoth skeletons and tusks is something everyone should see. Our... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

No crowd to fight with. There was construction taking place. They offered a 20% souvenier discount due to construction. We chose the family plan pricing. The intro video was good and informative. We like the individual headphones used during the tour. We could all hear the guide. All of the bones and information was interesting. Great spot for kids too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We all know how short the attention span is for young children. Imagine a 7 year old and a 9 year old completely awestruck for more than two hours as they toured the mammoth dig and exhibit area. Imagine a 7 year old and a 9 year old asking intelligent questions during a tour of a mammoth dig. This is... More

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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There are a lot of mammoth bones in a small area. The guided tour was very informative. It's about 50 miles south of Rapid City and we are really glad we made the drive. I think kids and adults both will enjoy this museum.

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Central, ND
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14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is one stop that you will want to plan at least 2 hours of time to go through and see everything they have there. It is something that you will remember the rest of your life and it is in such a very small area. The people are very informative and their knowledge is second to none.

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