Fort Hays Old West Town and Dinner Show

Fort Hays Old West Town and Dinner Show

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7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 8:15 PM
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**Closed for winter months. Our doors will re-open on Mothers Day 2019. See you then!** Start your day at Fort Hays Old West Town, site of the Oscar award winning movie set, Dances with Wolves. Walk along our boardwalk and make your own brick, tin plate, gem pan or make a twine lasso rope. There is no admission fee to browse the film set & South Dakota Film Museum. See the original buildings used in this popular Wild West movie. Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Cowboy Pancakes for 99 cents! Find the perfect souvenior at one of our three unique Gift Shops. Dinner shows are held at Fort Hays mid May through mid October.
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BernieMat
Cohasset, MN112 contributions
May 2021
There is a little something here for most everyone. They have a western town front set up to explore and see how some things were done back in the day. Also several photo opportunities with props around the town. Recommend doing your tickets in advance online to get the best seating. The town area can get very busy since tour buses bring in loads of people. The performance building is not heated or cooled, so be prepared for the temperature at the time of year you go. We were there in late May on a cold, rainy day and needed our coats and hats to be comfortable inside.

We were there for the dinner show, but it looks like they also do an all you can eat pancake breakfast for $.99 and a $5 lunch. The dinner is served cowboy style on a tin plate. Your seating is on over sized picnic tables in a large building. You go through a serving line where you will get your food, then return to your assigned seat at the picnic tables. The food is beef or chicken (not both), baked potato, beans, apple sauce, biscuit and spice cake. The food was not fancy, but tasted very good. Lemonade, coffee and water are also included and there is a concession for soda and liquor.

The music starts about an hour after the meal service starts and is the highlight of the evening. The band music is very good and is a mix of western, country and a little 70's and 80's to sing along with. They throw in a lot of humor as well. We were laughing a lot throughout the performance. The crowd is mostly older folks, but regardless, go if you can. You will enjoy it.
Written May 23, 2021
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Grace
5 contributions
Aug 2021
We enjoyed the chuckwagon dinner and show. It was a lot of fun with a good variety of music, plus a spot appearance by Willie Nelson. The Dances With Wolves set is fun to walk through and take photographs of, and there is also a nice gift shop.

We went back the next morning for the Cowboy 99 cent breakfast pancakes. By the time we added our beverage, sausage, coffee and juice the total for two people was about $16, which was a bit surprising based on the advertised price -- and the food was cold. We would do the dinner and show again, but not the breakfast!
Written August 31, 2021
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sthrncross1
Sheridan, WY14 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Interesting and educational walking through Ft. Hays Old West town and Dances With Wolves displays and set.

The Chuckwagon dinner was delicious and the 200+ guests were served and seated ever so quickly and politely.

The Fort Hays Wranglers are a very talented group of musicians providing toe tapping and hand clapping music for all ages.

It was a very enjoyable evening.

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Written July 25, 2022
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Memdall51
22 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
From the website you are mislead to believe that you will be touring in a ‘newer’ coach bus. Instead, our tour was in a cramped 1980’s bus (literally a 1984/1985 bus verified by the our tour guide). Seats were uncomfortable and had little room. Our bus was very dirty when first loading for the tour. The tour spent way too much time driving on the Black Hill roads ‘trying’ to spot animals. Would have preferred just a eeing Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Badlands. Many people fell asleep on the bus, due to lack of interest. We stopped to eat lunch (not included) and had only 5-10 minutes to eat a $12-15 entree. When stopping at Crazy Horse, you assume the tour includes actually being able to see the sculpture up close. However, once at the Crazy Horse location, you discover you have to pay another $4 a person to get on another bus that takes you to the actual site. Throughout the breakfast, tour and dinner, you felt like Mount Rushmore Tours was constantly up selling with extras… sitting on Faux bison…$1….roller coaster ride $15…soft drink cost extra…desserts cost extra, etc… Although our guide was nice, I would not recommended this tour.
Written August 16, 2021
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Paul J
Port Charlotte, FL114 contributions
Aug 2022
BW & I took a full day Black Hills tour with bus driver Matt, and would go back with him in a heartbeat. Five Stars for Matt.

The tour covered Mount Rushmore, lunch in the Coolidge/Eisenhower summer White House lodge in Custer State Park, the Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, and the Crazy Horse monument. Each stop was appropriately timed and well thought out, and Matt's witty patter along the way added real value.

HOWEVER, the balance of the experience was supremely forgettable. Two Stars.

The "cowboy breakfast" beforehand was high on calories (biscuits & gravy; pancakes & syrup) and low on nutrition (no eggs; "I'm not supposed to give you more than one link of sausage.") The coffee was drinkable, but certainly not cowboy coffee. Bulk reconstituted juices.

The '"chuckwagon dinner' after the tour was similar. No actual chuckwagon was anywhere in sight. Brisket was tough, chicken was dry. Good spice cake, baked beans, and baked potato. All meals served on the requisite tin plates at well-finished picnic tables. There are other chuckwagon dinners in the area; this one does not measure up to an actual hayride, steak dinner, and more intimate entertainment.

As for the entertainment after dinner - we left halfway through the extremely loud, heavy drums/electric guitar performance . Announcement made before dinner that all the performers had other day jobs, and it showed. Once we heard the flat, off-key "Ghost Riders In The Sky", which SHOUD be a high point of any cowboy concert, we were ready to go.

Oh, and did I mention that the tour bus was described as 42 years old? And showed it? Matt's mastery of it, best illustrated by his transits through the narrow Needles Highway tunnels, was impressive. But, he was plainly fighting it the whole day. Though clean, we've been on better equipment in the third world! Loud and smelly, this relic should have been retired 20 years ago.
Written August 26, 2022
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SharonB231
Toledo, OH1,136 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
There are buildings here from the movie “Dances With Wolves” along with movie memorabilia. There are other old west buildings with a tinsmith, shooting gallery and workshops. There is a shop here to purchase unique items. Seating was picnic tables which is difficult for people with mobility issues. You have to go through a buffet line and food is beef brisket or chicken, a baked potato, beans, applesauce, a biscuit and spice cake. Food was OK but was served hot. After dinner, they want you to take your dirty dishes back to them. There was no service except for buffet line. Room is not air conditioned and was miserable on the July evening we were there. Entertainment was a group that played a variety of music for an hour and they were excellent.
Written July 14, 2022
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BrendaB691
Fort Worth, TX48 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We spent the day with them starting out with the pancake breakfast, touring all over the Black Hills and ending with dinner and the music show. Matt, our bus driver was an excellent driver and very knowledgeable in the area history. I would have liked a little more time at Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, but they did squeeze in a lot of stops for the day. The music show was fantastic and the musicians were very talented. The meals were just okay, but the rest of the day made up for them. Highly recommend this tour!
Written September 13, 2022
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Richard K
Yakima, WA344 contributions
May 2021
How much time you spend here and how much there is to do depends on what part you sign up for. The all day bus tour is phenomenal and is a must do. The dinner show and music was really great, a lot of fun and really worth doing. The Fort Hayes sight itself were the buildings they built to film the movie Dances with Wolves. They moved the buildings to this site. If you are a huge fan of that movie you will love this place. Otherwise, if you just stop to look around it should take you less than an hour. There is a gift shop and then several other old west style buildings you can go into and see. A few of them have someone making something as a demonstration. If you go to just se the old movie set, it is free to the public so if you don't enjoy it all you are out is an hour of time. They also serve a 99 cent cowboy breakfast in the morning that looked good for the price. If you are smart, sign up for the whole paqckage.
Written June 11, 2021
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Thanks for the review! We appreciate you spending some time with us while you are here in the Black Hills. We hope you stop by and see us again sometime.
Written June 11, 2021
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Simon G
Croydon, UK17 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
This place is great. The setting is so atmospheric, using some of the film set from Dances with Wolves. You can watch and participate in rope-making and making tin plates, or talk to various people who work in some of the sheds. There’s a big room in the main building where you can get beautiful pancakes and coffee really whilst listening to a wonderful guy telling amazing stories and playing piano. He is brilliant. The staff here are so friendly and kind, and really care about their guests. A great place to come whilst in South Dakota.
Written September 27, 2022
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David S
1 contribution
Sep 2022
This was an outstanding tour. We con't say enough good things about Matt, our bus driver and tour director. His knowledge is off the charts and we really enjoy the personal way he presented things. I'd also like to comment on his excellent driving skills. We've never experienced roads like the Black Hills, and his ability to navigate a bus through these roads and tunnels was simply impressive.
Written September 13, 2022
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