Attractions And Things To Do in The Black Hills

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Thinking about taking a vacation to the Black Hills and the Badlands? You’re in the right place – Executive Lodging provides the very best cabins and rentals in the area. With fantastic, luxurious cabins and a convenient location near Deadwood, in the heart of the Black Hills, we’re an ideal choice for your next trip.

Not sure what your recreation options are? Keep on reading and learn about some of the most popular Black Hills attractions, or take a look at our blog posts for more information.

Storybook Island

1301 Sheridan Lake Rd. Rapid City, SD 57702

Located in Rapid City, South Dakota in the Black Hills, Storybook Island is an admission-free, one-of-a-kind theme park. As the name suggests, it’s been built around a wide variety of storybook characters that have been brought to life – Pinocchio, The Cat In The Hat, and many more! With over 100 unique playsets for children, a child-sized train, and dozens of other unique attractions, this totally free theme park is sure to please parents and children alike.

Dinosaur Park In Rapid City

940 Skyline Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702

The Badlands and the Black Hills are well-known for having quite a few dinosaur fossils – and at the Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, you and your family can enjoy one of the largest dinosaur displays in the country!

The primary attractions of the Dinosaur Park in Rapid City are the seven “life-size” dinosaurs, built from concrete and steel. The Apatosaurus is the largest dinosaur on display, at over 80 feet long and weighing in at over 185,000lbs!

Other species include the Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex, and at the on-site gift shop, you can memorialize your trip forever with unique dinosaur-themed souvenirs! 

Bear Country USA

13820 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702

The Black Hills is in the middle of “Bear Territory” – and what better place to experience the natural beauty of bears than your own car? Bear Country USA is a unique, car-based tour of some of the most densely-populated bear territory in the region.

And it’s not just bears – while driving through this game preserve, you’ll have the chance to see elk, mountain lions, gray wolves, buffalo, and even reindeer. Just keep your eyes peeled, and see how many you can spot!

Crazy Horse Memorial

12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730

While many people are aware of Mount Rushmore, near the Black Hills, far fewer have visited the Crazy Horse Memorial. The Crazy Horse Memorial was built to commemorate the Native Americans who are so often left out of our country’s history and to promote the acknowledgment of the indigenous peoples of the United States.

The primary attraction is the enormous carving of Crazy Horse, carved into the 27th highest mountain in South Dakota. Other attractions include a gift shop, and several museums related to Native Americans, including the Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural and Educational Center.

The Journey Museum Of Rapid City

222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701

The Journey Museum Of Rapid City is a totally unique museum that encompasses the history of the Western Great Plains, as well as Native American History – providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of the history of this unique region of North America.

Whether you’re interested in geology, archaeology, paleontology, pioneer history, or Native American history, you’re sure to find displays and exhibits that you will love in this enormous museum.

Check Out These Attractions – And Read About Our Other Top Picks!

As you can see, there are dozens of wonderful, affordable, and unique attractions near the Black Hills. So choose your favorites and start planning your trip now – or browse our activities to find other attractions such as golf courses, restaurants, and more!