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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 10 attractions in Hot Springs
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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

To be honest this was not something I was interested in before going but it was so interesting. It's more than just a pile of bones. There is a video for a start that explains about the water hole and then a guide takes you round the site before you can walk round by yourself. A totally unique place, well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We were traveling in South Dakota over our spring break. There wasn't much open, so we were excited that this was a year round attraction. The museum was really cool. We didn't get to see people in action, as they are there in warmer months, but it was awesome to see all the bones still in the ground. The guided... More

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and expressing your good experience. We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of discovery this June 27-29, we will have some new exhibits. Thanks again, for your review and taking the time to visit us. More

Missouri
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116 reviews 116 reviews
76 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I was looking forward to this stop on our two week road trip almost more than any other. I was not disappointed. How amazingly cool to see these mammoths being unearthed and to be standing right where they are, really, it was so cool! Some may think it is boring but it fascinates me! Not only do you get a... More

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and writing your review. We are glad you had a great experience and yes, our special kids activities are popular in the summer. Thanks again!! More

Oakwood, Illinois
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38 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I got to the Mammoth site right at closing time (Beware An Explorer's Guide to South Dakota the book has lots of misinformation). The staff took pity on us and one of the students working as an intern (?) was nice enough to give us a private guided tour. She was young, enthusiastic, and very knowledgable; I... More

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

We are sorry there was some mis-information out there about our hours of operation. We can't control other's copy. We are however glad, that our staff made sure you had a good experience and that you were kind enough to write a review for us. Thanks for visiting also!! More

Sydney, Australia
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244 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is an unusual museum with the building built over the actual dig site. This makes for a unique tour as they right there in front of you. It's still a working dig site and it's fascinating to see how they work.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and comments. We are still excavating each summer, and will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of discovery this June 27-29. We have come along ways and continue to make improvements and changes each year. Thanks for taking the time to write a review!! More

Iowa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Definitely a site that is worth your time to visit if you are in the Black Hills. The opening tour can be a bit dry unless you get a really fun guide, but the ability to wander through the dig after- for as long as you wish - is really the draw. There is plenty of information around the site... More

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by to visit and writing a review. We attempt to create memorable experiences for all of our visitors no matter what age. Our summer educational programs have been a big hit with our visitors, and yes, they do fill up, so advanced reservations are requested. We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of Discovery June 27-29 and... More

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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60 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

You have to watch the video at the start of the exhibition to fully understand what you will be looking at later. It is all about an unbelievable chain of events over a very, very long time, starting millions of years ago. Then a man who wanted to build a house and while the contractor was digging to lay the... More

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and writing a review. We continue to excavate and it is hard to believe the site was discovered 40 years ago this summer. In order to get large volumes of visitors through in the summer we have created other exhibits and allow our visitors to roam at their own time after the tour is over. We... More

Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This was a well laid out location and it was incredible to see the preservation of these amazing animals. Great guides and very educational. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and taking of your valuable time to write a review. We are pleased with what we have accomplished in the last 40 years and have a strategic plan in place for the next 10 years. We are amazed at how a small community of around 3,400 people have lent their support to allow us to have... More

Bloomington, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This was a fascinating place. It is an active dig with real bones from mammoths still being un-earthed. Before the tour started, pur kids enjoyed playing in the sandbox off the gift shop to dig up replicas of mammoth teeth to identify. The tour was informative and it was an unexpected surprise that afterwards they left us on our own... More

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and taking valuable time to write a review. We are glad you and your kids had a great experience. Next time you are in the area, you should attempt to visit us in June - August 15, we have special educational programs for kids and adults. More

Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

stopped while on a trip through the black hills, with 5 children ( 1 toddler, 2 young boys, and 2 teen girls) and everyone had a great time!! Especially my boys, who are huge dino fans. As many tourist stops as there are out there, make sure you dont miss this one. The pit is in an enclosed building, with... More

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and writing a review. We appreciate that you and your family had a great experience. We aren't your run-of-the mill tourist stop, and create educational experiences for visitors of all ages. We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of Discovery this summer and will have some new exhibits. More

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