Places to visit in Rapid City

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Places to Visit in Rapid City


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From quick jaunts to full-day outings.

Top Attractions in Rapid City

These rankings are informed by traveller reviews—we consider the quality, quantity, recency, consistency of reviews, and the number of page views over time.

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What travellers are saying

  • Michael K
    Novato, CA71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is a must. Fantastic way to view a bunch of animals and see bears extremely up close. I would highly recommend stopping here.
    Written 16 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • bridgetbeachy
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great time! Huge variety of snakes, lizards, alligators, tortoises and turtles! The animals looked healthy which obviously is a huge priority!
    Written 17 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • T J Spears
    Austin, TX35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply amazing. The views are endless. Plan on spending a long day because there is so much to see. Pack some water and snacks. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    Written 11 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • T J Spears
    Austin, TX35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful and peaceful location. Make sure you find the button in the Chapel to listen to the story about the construction of the Chapel. It was well worth the 45 minutes we spent there.
    Written 11 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Nancy E
    Rapid City, SD3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome place for families! /delightful time and fun to watch other families enjoying the atmosphere.
    Written 29 December 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • T J Spears
    Austin, TX35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great town. Bronzes of the Presidents are impressive. Good choice of restaurants and some great shopping. Lots of history.
    Written 11 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Zach V
    Rapid City, SD1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good fun for the whole family the kids will love it and there is some pretty cool artifacts there along with big bones
    Written 14 November 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • KarmV_707
    116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place has great souvenir options, beautiful artwork. Anything from head to toe souvenirs. A bit pricey butvyou'll find something worth buying. I did!
    Written 21 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • kcby
    66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arrived at the space museum to see that the indoor museum was closed. One of the employees came to talk to us and told us they have been closed since 2020. Unfortunately, the website we had used didn’t mention this and we were told that website isn’t run by the museum. So if you want actual info from the museum it is best to use the South Dakota Air and Space Museum Facebook page. Even though the inside was closed we spent about an hour at the outdoor air park. There are approximately 25 or so aircraft and info on each one. If you enjoy military aircraft this is a great stop and it’s free, with ample parking available.
    Written 24 October 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Robert L
    Amherst, MA1,601 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wouldn't go here if you were short on time. However it has a nice section on native Americans and some cowboy/animal items. The pictures at Wall Drug are sadly much better than here.
    Written 16 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • ms julie
    Dobson, NC233 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky, built by WPA. Access is under construction but dinos still accessible by hiking trail. Views of the city from up top. Well stocked gift shop with a snack bar & ice cream
    Written 5 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Vidaloqa
    Aberdeen, SD12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The price of admission gets you in for three consecutive days and we’ve gone several years now. We love to feed the animals and cuddle the baby goats!! Great staff too.
    Written 10 August 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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