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High Scores & Bullseyes

Arcades, Barcades and Axe-Throwing Spots in South Dakota
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If the idea of throwing axes and tearing into some arcade or pinball games sounds boring, this page might not be your thing. (Also, what happened to you?) But if this sounds exciting and perhaps long overdue, read on for the best places to grab a drink and engage in some serious fun.

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Press Start
504 Mt. Rushmore Road #2, Rapid City

This two-level barcade features drinks, coal-fired pizza and the latest in arcade games as well as a retro dungeon filled with classic games and one intense Pac-Man air hockey table. Press Start is open to all ages from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, noon to 2 a.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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Thunder Road
201 N Kiwanis Ave., Sioux Falls

This alcohol-free entertainment complex's latest additions include axe-throwing, a 7-D theater, and Hyper Bowling plus the tried-and-true fun of go-karts, arcade games, mini golf and more. Thunder Road is open every day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, and Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.

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EightyOne Arcade Bar
221 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls

Being South Dakota’s biggest city means offering plenty of chances to enjoy some pixelated action, especially at Sioux Falls’ biggest barcade. EightyOne is 21+ and open 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday.

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Electric Rainbow
2101 W 41st St. in the Western Mall, Sioux Falls

Being the oldest locally owned arcade in South Dakota means generations have come to know and love the Electric Rainbow. Earn prize tickets playing skee ball and more. Test your video game and pinball skills. Bonus: The Electric Rainbow is across the hall from the West Mall 7, Sioux Falls’ second-run theater, where movies are almost as cheap as the Rainbow’s games. Killing time before or after a film has never been easier or more fun. Electric Rainbow is open ever day from noon to 8 p.m.

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Axe It Out
811 Disk Drive, Suite 6, Rapid City

Rapid City’s first axe-throwing spot believes you should “let the good times throw.” You can “axe it out” for yourself on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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JJ’s Axes & Ales
3106 W 57th Street, Sioux Falls

Enjoy a glass of beer, wine or soft drink as you become an “axpert” at JJ’s. JJ’s is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Boat House
301 E 3rd St., Yankton

Have some delicious pizza and beer to enjoy axe-throwing, golf simulation, shuffleboard and more at The Boat House just two blocks from the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota. Get some year-round fun in 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Allevity Entertainment
130 Centennial St S, Aberdeen

Play. Eat. Repeat. That's the creed at Allevity Entertainment, a 20,000-square-foot game center that features arcade games and axe-throwing as well as laser tag, mini bowling, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, an interactive climbing wall, and the Ballocity Children's Playground. No matter what your age, you are sure to find some fun in this northeastern SoDak game center.

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Galaxy Gaming
3120 S Mayfair Drive, Sioux Falls

The latest video game systems are truly amazing, but they’re also expensive. Galaxy Gaming took care of the hard part, offer all ages a chance to play the latest home consoles and hottest new games (including PC). But there’s so much more to this temple of fun. You can also enjoy virtual reality and laser tag! Get your game on from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturdays. That’s right. Friday and Saturday offer all-night gaming!

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The Pinball Room
2111 S Minnesota, Suite B, Sioux Falls

Going to what's referred to as "pinball parlor" makes everything feel a little nicer. Get your flippers moving at The Pinball Room, where games are regularly rotated and the beer is always cold. Open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 

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Hub City Axe Throwing
3315 6th Ave SE, Aberdeen

Celebrate the glacial lake history of the area by throwing axes like your ancestors. Bonus: Special "glow throw" nights let you aim & throw in a rad fluorescent-colored atmosphere. Open Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Book a lane or plan the greatest work retreat ever here.

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Sprockets Fun Foundry
221 Swanzey St., Keystone

From a ticket-dispensing arcade to fully immersive virtual reality experiences, there is engaging fun for every age and taste at Sprockets. Ride like a Ghostbuster, virtually soar through the air as a paraglider, or keep physical with Duckpin Bowling. 

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Old Pine Social
757 Mt. Rushmore Road, Custer

Throw axes, be chill -- that's the way of things at this fun, laid-back axe-throwing spot in the Black Hills. Anyone over age 10 can throw an axe, but there's also bocce ball and Hammerschlagen. 

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Escape 605 Ax Throwing and Escape Rooms
3718 S Westport Ave or 119 W. 10th St., Sioux Falls

The first axe-throwing spot in Sioux Falls quickly became a city favorite, thanks to two locations, beer & wine options, and some excellent escape rooms. The Westport location is open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The 10th St. location — known as Rough Cut Social — is open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

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Fun Time Adventures
910 Bass Drive, Fort Pierre

This Fort Pierre business hit the track running in 2023 with axe-throwing, go-kart, and mini golf options hours away from the nearest alternatives. But plans for a smash room and an escape room are are in the works, so you never know what you might find on your visit — other than fun, of course. 

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