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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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Sterling, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went with my 6 & 8 year old boys. The 8yr old & myself were fascinated! The 6yr was a bit bored after awhile until the tour was over and we went to the exhibit room. I didn't mind paying the price, because of all the work they do there. I feel like it is a good cause. It... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Awesome place to visit...very interesting!! Great history lesson for kids....wonderful tour guide.....wonderful to let you roam at the end of the tour

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Happy Valley, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

One might think by the signage that this is a tourist trap, and even have that impression on walking into the one room after paying the ten dollar admission. It is not a tourist trap, however, but a unique site where active paleontology is occurring. The large room contains a former sinkhole, now a hill, where dozens of mammoths were... More

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Sacramento, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

What a nice surprise! Very educational. Guide was great. Allow at least an hour for a visit here. Have lunch at Buen Dia Mexican restaurant and don't forget to visit Wind Cave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

It's turkey nature in all it's glory! Just stay on the side walk if you want to avoid boiling to death.

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Walk around the dig site either on your own or take a tour. See the exhibit hall to see life size replicas and other fossils.

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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171 reviews 171 reviews
47 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a very interesting and educational place to visit. It was amazing! I liked the displays and to be able to see the actual bones.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We came her after leaving Yellowstone NP and on our way to Badlands,SD. What a great experience. Actual work in progress right before your eyes! The actual excavation of Wooly Mammoth skeletons unfolding as you watch is a great experience for all ages. The tour is ver informative.

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Sherman, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is not something that normally would interest me, but I gave it a chance and was glad I did. Certainly something you don't see just anywhere. If you're in the area, stop by and check it out.

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