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“Not as thrilling as the brochure!”

Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Rushmore Tramway Adventures offers a little bit of something for everyone. From action-packed adventurers to enjoying the beautiful Black Hills with breath-taking views of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, people of all ages and abilities can find their inspiration. You just can't seem to go wrong with this family getaway during your summer vacation!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Salem, Oregon
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88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Not as thrilling as the brochure!”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

The brochure and website sounded like this would be a breath-taking adventure for the whole family. We bought tickets for most of us (grandma chose to wait at the bottom of the hill) and rode up on the chairlift. The ride is nice, but there really isn't much to look at on the way up. Each individual sits in their own wheeled vehicle (small children ride with an adult) and we were prepared to fly down the slide. I'm 62 years old and about 200 pounds - my assumption was that my bulk would require riding the break all the way to the end of the ride. Not so. In the interest of safety (understandable), the speed is limited not only by your willingness to risk bodily injury, but by the cars themselves. Fun? Yes, but not the highlight of the trip by a long shot.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Larry H
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English first
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Alpine slide”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Fun way to spend a hour, take the ski lift to the top of the mountain, have a hamburger or hot dog and the grill and ride the alpine slide down.

Visited August 2012
Thank mmme
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Dubuque, Iowa
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430 reviews
237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
“Very fun way to take a break from all the sightseeing.”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Our boys (7&12) thought this was great fun. Surprisingly, the adults liked it too (mom, dad, and grandma). Of course, it is a bit pricey for what it is, but that comes with the area. Overall, we did not feel it was a bad deal. Also, if you have the Black Hills coupon book, there is a discount for this place in there.

You ride the ski lift up to the top. They will take a picture of you just before you get off, so be prepared for that if you want to purchase it. The sun was shining right in our eyes and we all have squinting eyes and kind of mean looks on our faces. LOL. You can get prints, but we just ordered ours to be sent to us via e-mail, which worked out great and were home on the computer when we got back from our trip.

Once at the top, you have an amazing view and a few little fun photo ops. There is also a nice snack shop right up here where you can have a decent lunch and even a beer if you would like. Food was not bad and the beer was nice and cold.

When you are ready to go back down, you can slide down on the huge slide or just take the ski lift back down. The hubby and boys took the slide down and my MIL and I just rode the ski lift back. We made it to the bottom well before the kids, which was nice because I just walked up the hill a little bit and found a good spot to watch them come racing down a short time later.

There are some funny t-shirts in the gift shop, but we did not see much else there that really stood out.

If you think you are going to want to do this more than once, ask about pricing for multiple rides. Our boys really wanted to go again and again, but we had only purchased the one-ride each entrance and we were not paying the same all over again.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the area for a little down time from sightseeing and just a fun little place to check out.

Visited July 2012
4 Thank Shawni_and_Buck
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36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Something different”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

The kids were getting a bit bored driving around from attraction to attraction. The skilift, lunch and the slide down really energized the family. A bit pricey but lots of fun. The food was fresh and well prepared.

Thank Gumby-tkd
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Saskatoon, Canada
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Sweet Slide”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

I liked the food and drinks they had at the top, it was 3 bucks a beer, so it was cheap enough. I wish the slide was a little longer, but it is something for everyone, you can slide down super slow or really fast! we just took about 40 minutes to do this we went up had a beer, and went down. and continued on our way

Visited August 2012
Thank Shawn K
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