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    Reptile Gardens

    by Dymphna1 Written Jul 20, 2010

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    This is fun and educational. It is on the spendy side. They offer several different shows once you are inside that are included in the entry cost. The first one we went to was the crocodile show. They actually had several different kinds of reptiles in there such as alligators. The audience gets to pick which one he wrestles.

    There was a bird show with a large variety of birds. Amazing how they keep them from flying off.

    We did not get to see the snake show, the bleachers filled up before we could get there.

    The tortoises were great for the children. The could go up to them and touch them.

    Then in the center is a large aquarium area with lots of different reptiles on display. Warning it can give little ones nightmares.

    2010 Summer Season Admission - May 28nd through Labor Day
    Adults: $15.00
    Seniors: $13.50
    Children 5-12: $10.00
    Children 4 and under: FREE

    2010 Fall Season Admission - Labor Day through October 31st
    Adults: $11.00
    Seniors: $10.00
    Children 5-12: $7.00
    Children 4 and under: FREE

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    Story Book Island

    by Dymphna1 Written Jul 20, 2010

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    This place is free!!!!!! It is a park that is done by the local Rotary Club and is donation only. This is one of the best city parks I have ever seen. It makes many pay parks seem trite. The imagination that went into this place is amazing. The stories are from all kinds of stories. Everything from Disney, Grimm Brothers, Hannah Barbara, movies and more.

    This is a great place for little ones who have been in cars and going on tours with Mom and Dad to be able to run and play!

    For a small price they kids can ride on the train ($1.00) or they can participate in art activities or other planned events.

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    Central States Fair

    by apbeaches Written Aug 25, 2008

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    Parking was available and admission was $2.00. Fair contained many food vendors, rides, freaks, local businesses, ande 4H competitions. Rodeo was $15.00 and a lot of fun. Music, announcer, & clown contributed to ambiance.

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    Mt Rushmore

    by Toughluck Updated May 20, 2007

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    Carved as a tribute to four of the U.S.'s great presidents, Mt. Rushmore has become a symbol of liberty and the American Dream. Regardless of how often the country swerves off the rigth path, Mt Rushmore remains as a reminder of where we want to be going and the goals this nation has set out before it.

    For tips, see my Mt Rushmore page.

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    Custer State Park

    by Toughluck Updated May 20, 2007

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    Located south Rapid City and Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park is a mix of prairie, woods and lakes. There are buffalo and wild burros. The burros will come right up to your car and put their heads in the window looking for a treat.

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    Wind Cave National Park

    by Toughluck Written May 20, 2007

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    Located on the southern flanks of the Black Hills, Wind Cave appears on the surface as a beautiful rolling prairie. Deep underground is a network of tunnels,carved over the centuries by running water. Take a fully lit tour of the main cave or take the historical tour using lanterns. Either way, you'll find that the intricate design of the cave and it's cool interior a contrast to the grasses above.

    Don't forget to see the buffalo! Usually, that's not a problem as the buffalo find you. It's the only campground I know of where the fence is to keep the animals out and the people in.

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    Follow the signs to Dinosaur Park

    by yooperprof Written Oct 12, 2006

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    Every town ought to have a place like Dinosaur Park, IMHO. Of course, it makes sense for Rapid City to have such a place, because plenty of dinosaur bones have been discovered here western South Dakota.

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  • Bear Country USA

    by kc0ltv Updated Aug 23, 2005

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    I first thought this was kind of silly - after all, a "drive-in zoo"?

    It actually turned out to be very cool, and interesting. Animals you usually would not want to be in close proximity with actually come right up to your car - wolves, bears, etc.

    There's also a small walk-through zoo area with baby animals. Nice.

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    Badlands National Park

    by Hopkid Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    Well it's not exactly in Rapid City as the main Visitor's Center is near the east entrance which is about 1.5 hours east of Rapid. But the drive is definitely worth it to see the strange geologic formations that make up the boundary between the upper and lower prairie in this area. The variation in the colors of the layers in the formations are spectacular.

    Definitely take the 30-mile Badlands Loop Scenic Byway and stop at the numerous overlooks. Also take one or more of the hiking trails that originate at some of these overlooks. While gawking at the scenery, try to image what it must have been like for settlers in early 19th century when they came across these formations.

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    Mt. Rushmore National Memorial

    by Hopkid Written May 6, 2005

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    It's the one thing that everyone HAS to do if you're in Rapid City. You've heard about it since you were a little kid and seen pictures in books and images on TV and in the movies. So you gotta see it in person! Plus I'm one of those persons who feel that any chance to visit a facility operated by the National Park Service should be jumped on vigorously!

    The grounds underwent a major renovation to update the site back in the mid-1990s and they did a great job! Unfoturately you can no longer see the dining room as it was in "North by Northwest".

    So see it for yourself. And if you have the chance, see the lighting ceremony during the summer season. There is a nice 30-minute video presentation and then they turn on the lights. The lights are on each night for 2 hours, even in the non-summer months.

    Be warned, however, that it won't seem as big as you probably imagined. It will still be pretty awesome in any regard. And be sure to check out the exhibits on the history of the sculpture and how it was created in the Visitor's Center.

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    Black Hills Caverns

    by Redlats Updated Aug 15, 2004

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    In the caves of Black Hills Caverns

    Black Hills Caverns is a tour of a series of large cave rooms with different varieties of crystal including logomites, stalactites, frost crystal, flowstone and stalagmites. It was pretty cool going down into the cave.

    My photo has stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone -- my favourite -- hard to tell that flowstone was rock -- it looked more like Jello.

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    Fall Colors in Full Bloom

    by Helado Written Jun 20, 2004

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    Roughlock Falls

    Hiking in Spearfish Canyon is one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Black Hills, especially in the fall. An amazing mixture of reds, yellows, and browns make for a great day trip. There are many trails that you can hike on in the area although most are unmarked and known to only locals. Many visitors tend to just "drive-thru".

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    Mount Rushmore - is it really worth it?

    by 78Eva Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Being touristy

    Driving back from the Rocky Mountains, we happened to drive by Rapid City, South Dakota, and since we were so close to Mount Rushmore, we could just as well have a look at it. After spending the night in Rapid City, we drove to Mount Rushmore the next morning.
    The area around Mount Rushmore is hideous, full of billboards, motels, restaurants and more touristy crap. The entrance and parking fee for Mount Rushmore is pretty hefty, and I'm not sure it's worth it. Sure, the mountain looks kind of stunning and must have been a great deal of work - impressive. However, you can only spend so long there, I guess a few minutes, take a picture and leave. There is nothing else there except souvenir shops and drink machines. For that, it is pretty expensive. I guess it's up to you. Perhaps, being out there in South Dakota, you might as well pay and see the mountain for a few minutes. But you might also just want to drive by it a few times and have a look. You can park your car in an ok spot, if you find one, and have a look from the road. What I saw from the site wasn't much more than I had actually seen from the road.

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    Museum of Geology

    by Scottyj36 Written Nov 16, 2003

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    This Museum is located on the campus of the SD School of Mines and Technology has a large collection of fossils and minerals and a few Dinosaur Skeletons. Admission is free. Hours are Mon-Sat 8-6, and Sunday from 12-6:00.

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    The Journey Museum

    by Scottyj36 Written Nov 15, 2003

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    This is a Museum that traces the history of the local area from prehistoric times to modern times. Displays include a few dinosaurs, History of the local Indians, and the pioneers as well as the mining and gold rush. It is a very good museum that takes about 2 hours to go thru. Admisson for Adults was $6

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