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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone Number: 16057456017
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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an...
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. New Learning Center opened May 2015, two new 53-seat theaters, universally accessible walkways, new HD Introductory video, New Digital TourGuide system.
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Step back in Time

This is a step back in time about 1 million years ago. As you walk up to the site there are so many different relics and monuments describing many animals bones found hear so have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Stockbridge, Georgia
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Stockbridge, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is a step back in time about 1 million years ago. As you walk up to the site there are so many different relics and monuments describing many animals bones found hear so have your camera handy and ready. Make sure you have some comfortable shoes lots of walking and so many fascinating things to see.

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Staunton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

My brother recommended this stop on our South Dakota and Wyoming adventure. It was amazing. Guides took small groups through the site after watching a short film about the formation of the fossil bed. The site is still an active dig and it is great to see all the large fossils they have found along with ones they are still... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Perfect for families. Lots of parking. Easy to get to. Staff really know there mammoth's. Nice short video. Great guided tour with headphones. Take the elevator downstairs and see them working on the fossils. Need that special souvenir? You know they have you covered. The whole experience was well done and enjoyed by all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the mammoth site today and it was really cool. When the 8yo says she likes it then you know it's good. Just being able to see an actual dig site with so many exposed bones for most is a once in a lifetime experience. Definitely something to experience.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited with 3 kids, ages 12, 11 and 7. All had a great time at this attraction. Much to do, see and learn. Interactive.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Real mammoth bones! There is a short video and tour guide was very informative. After the tour you were allowed to walk around as long as you want. Hours are incorrect. They are open from 8 to 8 every day. Digging is one month in July so anyone going then will be able to see the dig.

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Yankton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was initially just going to be an excursion for our eight year old to go on a junior paleontology dig experience, and ended up being really enjoyable for the whole family. The basic tour was interesting, and for a nominal fee kids can do a "dig" for in situ fossils in a separate area. It's comfortable, climate controlled, provides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had the greatest time here! When we walked into the visitor center, we were a little disconcerted because the ticket line was quite long, but were pleased to see that it moved quickly. This site is cool enough that it's worth waiting in line for anyways. When you buy your tickets, they schedule in a tour. It starts off... More 

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Mount Olive, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing and very educational. My family was able to cover the entire museum in about 2-3 hours. It is well worth the money and your time.

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Falls Church, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There are, understandably, a lot of sites in the Black Hills offering up dinosaur "bones." I did a fair amount of research to see which of the fossil displays would be the most interesting/least hokey. We were definitely not disappointed with the Mammoth Site. It's an active archaeological dig on the site of an ancient steep-sided sink hole which developed... More 

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Additional Information about Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Address: Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone Number: 16057456017
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Hot Springs
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 9

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