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“Best way to tour area”

Fort Hays Old West Town and Dinner Show
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: **Closed for winter months. Our doors will re-open on Mothers Day 2016. 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.
Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best way to tour area”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The complex where the tour begins is like a step back in time. Riding in the bus with a great driver/guide to see Rushmore and Crazy Horse and the entire area beats your own car hands down. You learn the lore of the land and much more, then you return for a great meal and great country entertainment. This is the only way to bring a group to see the sights around Rapid city and also a family because no one has to drive the car on very narrow roads.

Visited September 2012
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New Braunfels, TX
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Loads of family fun”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Walk through the doors where Dancing with wolves was filmed. Remember the Fort Hays scene? Its there intact. And the show and supper are fun. Not bad food, much better than I expected. You pass through a "chow line" to get your food, but rremember to move your plated along. If you don't they just keep piling it on and there's no way to finish it all. The show features local talent. The fiddle player is the orchestra teacher in Rapid City and she is incredible!! Standard skits, but done well and funny. Check it out, its a nice change of pace and not expensive.

Visited July 2012
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Iowa
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Chuckwagon Night”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

I picked this as I thought is would be a good experience for the kids. It was nice, more on the touristy side of things though. I thought some of the action would be outside, but really just buildings to see, walk through, and such. The rope making was neat, but had to buy the rope. The tin plate making was good too, but only one plate was made only one family had a chance to buy the pie plate they made. The indoor show itself was good. The kids thought it was old style music though, so not too interested in that. The food was excellent.

Visited October 2012
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Grottoes, Virginia
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133 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Picnic Tables, really?”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was a prepaid dinner and show during our bus tour to SD. When you pull in there are some exhibits Blacksmith shop, etc that you would find in an old western town; they seemed to be just "displays". Perhaps someone was there earlier in the day to talk about what they did.

The building where you eat dinner and have musical entertainment has an area where the bathrooms are - this area has a nice level cement type floor and another area where you eat. You eat dinner seated at picnic tables -- cramped, and with the tables end to end someone is sitting on the "cracks between the tables" which are not all level. The flooring is a gravel surface and the floor slopes toward the stage. The slope to the floor, the gravel and the cramped seating made it very difficult to get up, get on line to get your food and get seated back down to eat. Yes, you had to get up and get on line to get your food and then were expected to return your dishes after eating. The gentlemen who I approached was very nice to get me a tray as I was getting dinner for myself and my husband. Having bad knees it was better that one of us got up from the picnic table to get on line. There was baked potato, apple sauce (both of which were good), BBQ beef (which was tough), baked beans (were only ok), rolls, spice cake and chicken (which was cold). Lemonade and coffee was available for beverages. Silverware and napkins were in buckets on the tables and there seemed to be a shortage of utensils at our table. I guess someone did not count the correct number of seats at the table.

For folks with bad knees or walking with canes, walkers, etc -- this is not a good place for you! We had several people on our bus tour with bad knees, canes and one with a walker. This was a bad choice made by the bus tour operator.

We ate and then got up from the picnic table and went to sit in the other area and listened to the music, which wasn't half bad.

This could have been an enjoyable place if it weren't for the sloping gravel floor, and the picnic tables. Ft. Hays could and SHOULD do better! Especially where seniors are concerned. I can understand wanting you to have that chow wagon feeling -- then do it -- put a wagon outside where you can get your grub then take it inside to eat in a nice level environment -- or have it all outside in tents.

Unless you are young and nimble -- don't waste your time at Ft. Hays!

Visited September 2012
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Illinois
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51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“99c Pancakes!”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We didn't go to the show, but did go for 99c all-you-can-eat pancakes on our way out of town. Service started at 6:30 am and we were the first ones there as we wanted an early start for our 10-hour drive that day. The pancakes were delicious - and really cost only 99c. My husband and I each ate only two as they were large pancakes - a fun $2.00 meal :)

Visited September 2012
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