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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 12 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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Fairfield, OH
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151 reviews 151 reviews
47 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had some unscheduled time after our tour of Wind Cave, so we decided to come here. The architecture of some of the buildings in downtown Hot Springs is interesting, but the town looks like it has seen better days. We had a little trouble finding the Mammoth Site; we were following the signs, but lost our way for a... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We took a tour with a very knowledgable guide who always had the answers to our questions, she had a laser pointer so we could see everything she was talking about. They have a little intercom system using phones, so it's not too loud in there when you have a chance to walk around. The fossils are really really impressive,... More

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Denver, Colorado
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Dynamic display with ongoing uncovering actions for a major concentration of almost complete fossilized skeletons. Excellent docent guided tour around the fully covered dig site was on a raised walkway with ADA access to most areas. Even the workers would readily answer questions from visitors and welcomed observation of on going activities. Best over 2 similar museums/works visited this year... More

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We had to change our plans to do indoor attractions after a cold front hit, and we saw some one with a jacket from the Mammoth Site at Jewel Cave and asked him about it. His group was very gung-ho about how they were originally not that interested (but also went because it was so cold out), but after we... More

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Keller, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Worth the wait and every penny. Loved this place. Only negative was to take picture of entry mammoth you had to walk down to the street. This place also has picnic tables so you can do lunch and everything.

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Tennessee
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It's a cool set-up: an indoor archaeological site surrounded by a museum. The bones are displayed interestingly, and the museum displays were cool, but what I found lacking was that if one opted to not take the guided tour, one was provided with a three-ringed binder that held within it typed pages that attempted to explain what it was one... More

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Hiawatha, Kansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Tour was very interesting. Lots of information and opportunities to see the work being done. Planning an expansion in the near future.

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Naples, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was an amazingly interesting dig site - you were right up close and could see everything. It is amazing to see what is being done in this site and what is being unearthed. The history is unbelievable.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Exceptionally well done but then when you have such an amazing site it speaks for itself. 26000 years in the making and fantastic it's been developed so thoughtfully. My grandkids were thrilled to clearly see the mammoth bones protruding from sediment and they really could understand how they got trapped in the spring. The life size drawings along the outer... More

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Sterling, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This place is amazing, the content very interesting, the guides exceptional, and you really have to see it to understand. Allow 90 minutes- 2 hours to see, even with small kids! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

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