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Storybook Island
#2 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
Story Book Island is fantastic during the holiday season with their light displays!! Always a must see every year and a great place for the kids during the summer months to play!!
What a wonderful brought to life experience for children - and memories of simpler times for all of us! Thank you Rapid City, South Dakota for having this lovely and enchanted park.
Badlands National Park
#1 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
We took the scenic drive, and got out of the car numerous times to enjoy the fascinating topography, and delightful unexpected views of big horn sheep and their kids.
There were several family groups, and one little mama had 4 babies, all perched up high on steep rocks!
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Bear Country USA
#8 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
My family an i visited last summer an are going agin this july my kids an i loved it the bears are the best the get rite up next to your cars there are also tons of other animals to see also has an amazing gift shop
Cool place to take the whole family!! See all kinds of wildlife from bears to wolves, Cougars and bear cubs!
Museum of Geology
#5 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
The kids really enjoyed looking at the dinosaur bones and exploring the different types of rocks and minerals from the Black Hills area.
Even though this is a university-level geology museum, there were many hands-on and interactive exhibits to engage the general public, even children.
Reptile Gardens
#4 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
The largest reptile collection in the United States, amazing reptile and bird shows and demonstrations, breathtaking gardens and grounds, locally family owned and operated...
The collection of reptiles is simply amazing...black mambas, huge alligators, tarantula, a rescued bald eagle, giant tortoises....all on a wonderful grounds with gorgeous plants and flowers...I imagine kids would...
The Journey Museum & Learning Center
#9 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
Great place to visit, perfect for kids lots of interactive displays and hands on fun! Amazing staff and fun gift shop with lots of unique items.
They also have beautiful Native American displays and an interactive area where children can touch and play with traditional toys.
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
#7 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
Great for kids, adults, history buffs, patriotic buffs.
There also is a tribute to the Berlin Airlift vets, including the tale of my old commander, Gail Halvorsen, who dropped candy to the children of Berlin during the airlift, a project that became known as "Little Vi...
Downtown Rapid City
#11 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
The downtown area is clean and the Main Street Square area is perfect for families, with a splash pad, music, ice cream shop, coffee shop, bookstore and toy store.
Besides the amazing rolling green hills of Rapid City SD and the plethora of activities available, there is an event called Summer Nights on Thursday 6:pm-9:pm free for all music, kids activities, plenty of food a...
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Chapel in the Hills
#6 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
There is a small Norwegian/local museum next to it, with items donated by local families of Norwegian heritage, which is also very interesting.
This is place Families with young children and teen will enjoy visiting as well as couples and friends.
Dinosaur Park
#16 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
The best time to be atop Dinosaur park is at night overlooking the City all lit up!! Great fun for the kids and great fun to sit with your loved one at night!!
Great park to take children with awesome views of rapid city, black hills and badlands.
Canyon Lake Park
#18 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
The size itself lends itself to privacy and peacefulness, yet in a glance one can see the entirety of the outdoor human experience - families fishing in the ponds and lake, teenagers playing beach volleyball, chil...
This park has a huge lake, lots of family facilities such as bbq's, etc. Lots of people were fishing, great experience.
Berlin Wall Exhibit
#14 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
Free parking Free admission Minimal walking Wheel chair and child stroller accessible The Berlin Wall exhibit is located in a beautiful park.
So there is a Pond, Playground equipment for the kids, walking paths!
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
#19 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
Fantastic indoor water park- kids loved it!
great place to take the kids to unwind and have some fun we stayed and it was a blast water in spring was a bit cool.
Old MacDonald's Farm
#20 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
took the grand kids out for a day of fun and they relly enjoyed the activities offered here.. Petting zoo and watching pig races were fun.
The staff was great, pig race was hilarious...all the animals are super friendly...good time, fun for the whole family.
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit
#13 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
They had toy muskets for kids and toy American and British soldiers and 3-D puzzles of Independence Hall.
Good for all ages but best for older children or those into history.
Dinosaur Museum
#32 of 40 things to do in Rapid City
The displays and movie were well thought-out in our opinion as they presented a great overview without forcing kids thru and all-day or half-a-day exercise.
I would recommend it for family fun and a little knowledge about the area's dinosaurs.