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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 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 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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49 reviews 49 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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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Muncie, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We visited the Mammoth Site because my 6 yr old wants to be a paleontologist. The tour was very interesting learning about all they have found. But the highlight was the Jr. Paleontologist dig. Both my kids loved it. They get in a big sandbox and dig for bones with the tools (paint brush, whisk and shovel) but they had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We found ourselves with a day that wasn't scheduled for site seeing, so we decided to drive to Hot Springs from Rapid City to see the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. It turned out to be a good decision. The drive from Rapid City was very scenic. At the site we took a guided tour of the active dig, which... More

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TOPEKA, KS
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We'd been to several dinosaur sites, but this was our first mammoth site and it was just amazing! The tour guide was great and answered all of our questions without hesitation. I plan to go back in a few years to see if they've uncovered any new mammoths. Well worth the drive to get there.

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Greensboro, NC
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

If I was in the area, I would not miss Mammoth site. My brother and I were traveling together - no kids- and we had a great time. Exhibits were well done and tour was a lot of fun!

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Salinas, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We went to the Mammoth Site on a busy day. It was very interesting for adults and older children. We took the short tour and did not do any interactive activities while we were there. I think that have other programs that would be better suited for younger children, but they were not scheduled on the day that we visited... More

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DeSoto, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We made the grand loop of Pikes Peak, CO; Yellowstone; Mt Rushmore; Dodge City and Oklahoma City. We decided to add the Mammoth Site to our vacation plan because husband had seen it covered on the Discovery Channel. We were so happy we added this site. It was interesting to learn about how the Mammoths were attracted to the grassy... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

One of my favorite stops during my trip to South Dakota. The tour was interesting and the guide was very knowledgable. After the tour you can roam around the dig site, the display room, or even observe the work being done in the lab. I would love to come back in a few years to see how the digging has... More

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