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Rapid City

Conveniently located within an hour’s drive of six national parks, Rapid City is close to outdoor adventure while offering plenty of big-city comforts and attractions.

Take in views of the Badlands and pose for a picture with larger-than-life dinosaur sculptures at Dinosaur Park. Stroll through downtown’s colorful Art Alley to see murals, and then explore museums such as the South Dakota Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Geology. Little ones will love the themed playgrounds at Storybook Island (open seasonally), while all ages will get a thrill at wildlife attractions such as Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens.

Storybook Island in Rapid City, South Dakota
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Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Art Alley
Art Alley
Air Space Museum, Rapid City
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Featured Events

Ready for the ultimate fair experience? Make plans to attend the Central States Fair. From motocross racing and a demolition derby to rodeo events and national musical acts like Travis Tritt, this carnival has something for everyone. Every Thursday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can enjoy Summer Nights, a free concert series in downtown Rapid City. This family-friendly event features rock, pop and country artists as well as a happy hour with excellent food and beer vendors.

Celebrate Native American culture at the Black Hills Powwow and Expo. Also known as the He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate, this three-day event, held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, brings hundreds of tribes together for arts and craft shows, storytelling, drum group performances, singing, dancing and more.

If you consider yourself a cowboy or Old West aficionado, there’s no better event for you than the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo. With more than 300,000 attendees, this all-things-Western festival has become the second-largest event in the state. The weeklong showcase is packed with 120 rodeo, livestock & horse events as well as concerts, more than 300 vendors and a beer festival.

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Museum of Geology
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Reptile Gardens


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