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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 #2 of 11 attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than... more » 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. « less
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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Amazing site to see! Sign your kids up for the paleontology dig. Great tour to hear all about the workings of the site. Visit in June or July to see actual dig work being completed.

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Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a museum, lab, gift shop, and fossil site all in one! Very neat and informative. Very inexpensive for all they have for you! Great for all ages!

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Grasonville, Maryland, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We visited the site in the morning. This is an actual dig for fossils that happens to be inside a building. To see the volunteers lying on their sides, backs, butts scraping the soil by hand to dig for fossils was great. The staff is great, the relics magnificent. Worth every penny. Ideal for kids 6-16.

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Longmont, Colorado
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were early for another reservation and stopped at the Mammoth Site. What a pleasant surprise. Great information and a really cool site. Even our 6 year old was into the whole tour....it kept her interest. I would highly recommend this stop if you are in the area.

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Norwalk, Iowa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a must see! I've been to the La Brea Tar Pit in Los Angles but this site is even more impressive. To be that close to the actual fossils, talk with the paleontologists was really enlightening. They answered all of our questions. I am also a teacher and found out that I can check out materials from the... More

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Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on 7/22/2014. We enjoyed the tour and my kids really liked the junior paleontologist program.

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Apopka, FL
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274 reviews 274 reviews
173 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I was suprised at how cool the site was and a good little tour you could take. It is not a large site/building but is very interesting on the inside. We were 3 adults and enjoyed it but I think kids would have fun looking and the dig and hearing the history. Eat lunch in Hot Springs and make a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Even while touring and seeing site with my own eyes, it was hard to believe this was a real active dig site. Absolutely amazing place and very cool to see the dig in progress. Little kids as young as five on our tour seemed to enjoy it as well.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We did the South Dakota trip - visited the Badlands, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore.... The best part was the place. Great attraction seeing a dig in progress. Would love to visit again!

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We went to South Dakota to see Deadwood and Mt Rushmore, but decided to go down to Hot Springs for Custer Park and to check out this attraction! WOW! It is even better than the La Brea Tar Pit in Las Angeles!! This is a real working archaeological dig and they are actively digging up the mammoth bones right now.... More

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