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“a few slides for the kids.....” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Rushmore Waterslide Park

Rushmore Waterslide Park
1715 E. Hwy 16S, Rapid City, SD 57701
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Ranked #24 of 27 Attractions in Rapid City
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Amusement Parks
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rapid city, sd
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236 reviews 236 reviews
95 attraction reviews
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
“a few slides for the kids.....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Adults are going to sit in the giant hot tub or at one of the picnic areas for the most part, while the kids run around. While that is typical of most water parks, this one just doesnt have a whole lot to offer as far as excitement. Also, it tends to have a very short open season and be closed due to weather a lot. They advertise mini golf too, but it is a small home-made course that really isnt much fun. I have taken my kids here in the past and had them ask to leave after a couple of hours.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“time to update”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This place hasn't changed at all since I was in high school back in the 80"s. My daughter and her friend had fun. Even though there is not much shade. And despite being very liberal with the sunscreen, we still all burned. It would be good for business to add some fun NEW things to the waterpark.

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Chaska, Minnesota
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Call first, even when it is 90 degrees”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

I am glad it was only a 15 minute drive because when we got there it said the park was closed today. It is the last week of summer! Don't you think they should put something on their website if they plan to be closed? I know school started here already but there are plenty of tourists left that wanted to give their money to this place and cool off for a few hours. We won't even bother to see if they are open the rest of the week.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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“You can get air on the Banzai slides!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Rushmore Waterslide was a good set of slides. There were 6 true slides, a tube ride and some stuff for little kids. The main area featured 4 slides that were all pretty descent; adjacent to that were two more that ran the length of the hill with a few bumps in them. They were identical and gave the same thrilling ride. I'm no rookie at watersliding and can get more speed up than most and it was easy to get air on the two Banzai slides. It was a lot of fun but hard on an old man.

The park was at least a few decades old and it would have been awesome when it was new and the joints of their slides aligned; fortunately, the management knows that no one wants to rip their backs apart on poor waterslide joints and there are plenty of mats available to keep you in one piece.

The tube ride was okay but its age and feeble attempts at repair made me wonder how safe it was. You routinely got caught in ebbs that prevented your progress; they even had one staff member posted part way down to get you through the most troublesome spot. At other spots, they had made holes in the sides of the slide to put ropes through so you could pull yourself out of the back-current. These holes were not made very cleanly and the rough edges could have easily hurt someone. Also, they'd added height in some places using wood with metal plates to hold it together. This had obviously been done some time ago and left jagged edges and loose nails all over. I didn't have any problems or see anyone who did but it certainly was a bit unexpected in a country world-renowned for frivolous law suits.

The park policy concerning weather was a bit disappointing. They shut down the slides at the sight of lightening. This wouldn't be unreasonable if the park wasn't on a huge hill where you can see 50km (30 miles) away. We sat waiting for the park to reopen when it was obvious to most of the adults there that the storm generating the lightening was easily going to miss us by a dozen miles. At one point they even advised us to seek shelter as the storm was about to hit; it didn't even sprinkle.

They later shut the park for good because of the weather. Fortunately for us, their policy of "no refunds or rain checks" was not enforced and we were invited to keep our wrist bands on and return on another night for free during their twilight hours. About an hour after we left, there was a bit of a light shower so I guess they weren't completely out to lunch on their forecast.

Oh, one more weird thing: when we arrived, the staff advised us that they reserve the right to close if they don't get enough people. There would be no refund if that happened. That policy seemed to me to be counter-productive as it would potentially drive people away who would have otherwise paid to stay.

Visited July 2012
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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“Cops were called for no reason!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We went to the water park for the 5th time this year on july 13 2012. All year we have been allowed to let my daughter ride on my lap down the tube slide. This time though we were approached extremely maliciously by one of the life guards stating that she could not be on my lap. We exited the ride and then were approached by another life guard. He said "we have a problem" , "you not allowed to take her down the slide again" I said ok and proceeded to the management office. Long story short the "kurt and Tony " called in three "body guards" to remove myself and family from the property. I asked for a refund because we had been at the park less than 10 min. They refused to give us a refund so we decided to go to the kids pool. Kurt decided to call the cops on us and have us removed from the water park, we were only given a warring by the police and were urged to take civli actions against the park and owners. All of this was recorded with my water proof camera :)
Do your self a favor and don't let your 4 year old daughter ride on your lap or the police will be called :0

Visited July 2012
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