Finding the right activities for your whole family in the Black Hills can be a real challenge. You want younger kids to be able to enjoy the beauty of the scenery – but you don’t want to wear them out on long hikes, or bore them with adult-focused museums.
At the same time, you want your older children to be engaged – and you also want to have some fun yourself! So what should you do?
Visit one of these fantastic family-friendly destinations in the Black Hills, of course! Here are our top picks for family-friendly activities in the area.
Beautiful Wonderland Cave
Beautiful Wonderland Cave features over 12 enormous rooms filled with a stunning diversity of gorgeous rock features – including stalactites and stalagmites, as well as enormous box columns, frost crystals, flowstones, and more.
With an enormous variety of crystal formations and guided tours available, this cave is fun for the whole family!
Big Thunder Gold Mine
Big Thunder Gold Mine offers tours of a decommissioned gold mine, as well as a large museum dedicated to prospecting, and activities like gold panning – your kids can pan just like prospectors did, and try to find gold of their own!
Rush Mountain Adventure Park
Rush Mountain Adventure Park has it all – from the Scenic Cave Tour of Rushmore Cave to the Mountain Coaster, zipline, and much more! At this adventure park, your kids are sure to be thrilled by the variety of activities available to them – you can spend a whole day at this family-friendly facility.
Deadwood Alive Attractions
Recreations of the Trial of Jack McCall, Ride the Deadwood Stagecoach, Main Street Shootouts and other daily activities.
Deadwood Mini-Golf & Arcade
Join us for 18 holes of wild & wacky goofy golf! Play games at the arcade & redeem tickets for prizes. Adults can also play at the casino – all adjacent to Deadwood Comfort Inn & Suites on Hwy 85 South in Deadwood.
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD is ideal for families with kids who love animals, archaeology, or paleontology. With an active dig site for mammoths, an enormous museum focused on prehistoric creatures, and plenty of tours and educational programs available, it’s sure to be a hit!
The Black Hills may not be where you expect to find an enormous reptile park – but Reptile Gardens features reptiles like saltwater crocodiles, amphibians, birds, bugs and much more! It’s the world’s largest reptile zoo, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The 1880 Train allows you to explore the scenic beauty of the Black Hills from the comfort of a historical steam train! Running from Hill City to Keystone, the 1880 Train also offers a variety of seasonal special events – see what’s happening during your vacation at their website!!
Black Hills Maze
The Black Hills Maze is a maze made up of 1.2 miles of walkways, bridges, towers, and more – and offers a fun, family-friendly challenge. With a fun, interactive maze experience, as well as other activities like rock climbing, batting cages, and mini-golf available, you’re sure to have a blast at this unique facility, south of Rapid City, SD.
Plan Your Family Vacation With These Activities!
This isn’t even a fraction of the family-friendly activities available in the Black Hills. From hiking and biking trails to car tours of national parks and historic monuments, there are hundreds of other fantastic activities to choose from – read our blog to learn more!
So rent from Executive Lodging today, and start planning your next family trip to the Black Hills!