A Thrill Seeker’s Mount Rushmore Vacation

Mount Rushmore has drawn people from all over the world since its creation in the 1920s, and it’s easy to see why. Carved into the mountainside, the breathtaking, towering memorial to American history and values is unlike any other work of art in the world. While the memorial is itself, a thrilling experience, the area surrounding the monument is equally exciting. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure while on a Mount Rushmore vacation, this guide will give you some ideas of fun activities for the whole family.

Family hiking while looking at the mountain in Black Hills, SD

Discover Family Friendly Nature Near Keystone, SD

Keystone is one of the primary towns in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Situated just two miles from the famous monument, the town is home to plenty of shopping, restaurants, and attractions that will keep the whole family entertained. 

Simply exploring the area around the monument will fill you and your family with awe. With impressive towering trees, mystical ponds, crashing waterfalls, other-worldly rock formations, and breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, the Black Hills of South Dakota will not disappoint. 

Here are a few of the most exciting activities in the area. Try a few of these activities to make the most out of your trip to the amazing area, and enhance your experience of the thrilling landscape that surrounds you.

Junior Ranger Program 

The Junior Ranger Program is one of the most popular experiences in the area for children. The free program is aimed at children of all ages. Your child will learn all about the monument and will discover the natural splendor in the area. The program comes with a free booklet for children aged 5 and over. By completing the booklet’s activities, your little ranger will receive an official badge and certificate, which will be wonderful souvenirs.

Rushmore Tramway Adventures

Two kids on zipline with instructor about to go down at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

One of the best things to do in Mount Rushmore, the Rushmore Tramway Adventures park is filled with thrilling activities. At this adventure park, you’ll find a scenic chairlift, a breathtaking alpine slide, and an amazing zip line ride. The park also has an intricate ropes course that is suitable for climbers of any skill level. If you are looking for some excitement, Rushmore Tramway Adventures will not let you down.

Rush Mountain Adventure Park 

Another adventure park in the Black Hills, the Rush Mountain Adventure Park offers thrills for the whole family. In this park, you’ll get to explore the spooky Rushmore Cave or fly down the mountain on the amazing Rushmore Mountain Coaster. The park also has a Soaring Eagle Zipride and a Gunslinger 7-D Ride. With plenty of exciting rides and experiences on offer, the Rush Mountain Adventure Park is not to be missed.

Wilderness Edge

Couple riding ATV's at Wilderness Edge in Black Hills.

One of our favorite things to do in the Black Hills, Wilderness Edge Adventures rents out ATVs in the Mount Rushmore area. Get up close and personal with the breathtaking nature of the Black Hills in one of these thrilling vehicles. The amazing team at Wilderness Edge will walk you through the unit so that you feel perfectly safe, and then you’ll be free to take it wherever you choose.

Book Your Cabin Rental

If you’re looking for the best cabin rentals, Keystone and beyond, Executive Lodging has you covered. Our gorgeous, quaint cabins are all perfectly located for your trip to Mount Rushmore.

All of our rentals are family-friendly, so you and your kids will all feel comfortable for the entirety of your trip. If you’re ready to find the perfect place to call home in the Black Hills, check out our amazing rentals today.