Top 10 Things To Do In The Black Hills

Taking a vacation is meant to put you into the lap of luxury, so why not make sure your next stay is with Executive Lodging? We’ve got you covered when it comes to exploring things to do in the Black Hills and the Badlands.

Vacations are often the only relief we get in
otherwise hustle-and-bustle lives, so why not
get lost in the Black Hills?

There’s plenty to see and experience and plenty of comforts to find in our elegant high-end cabins, nestled in the heart of the Black Hills, only a stone’s throw away from Deadwood.

landscape view of the Black Hills

About The Black Hills 

The Black Hills are named such because the dark evergreen trees make the land look black against the horizon. It is actually translated from the indigenous Lakota Pahá Sápa. 

This area is more than just beautiful land to explore; there are plenty of family-friendly things to do in the Black Hills. There is so much to do, from museums to old towns to explore, brothels, and modern hill carvings. Let’s take a look at all of the adventures you can have once you have found the perfect Cabin Rentals in the Black Hills.

Things To Do In The Black Hills

Family-friendly thrills shouldn’t be difficult to find when you’re on vacation. You can relax and explore, which is why we have compiled this list of 10 things you and your loved ones can experience. Make sure you read this to understand what you can find without even having to look for it in the beautiful Black Hills!

man, woman, and child smiling over shoulder  at park

Storybook Island 

You won’t have to worry about shelling out cash to visit Storybook Island. It’s a magical one-of-a-kind amusement attraction that doesn’t require any out-of-pocket expenses to experience. There are lovely and exciting adventures centered around all of our favorite classic storybook characters, including The Cat in the Hat and some of our most classic fairytales as well. This park has been around for 57 years and counting and is a great occasion waiting to be had by all.

Dinosaur Park in Rapid City 

Dinosaur Park is not as old as dinosaurs themselves. Still, it began in 1936, so it’s definitely been around longer than us! There is a reason for this: it is an exciting family-friendly park that boasts a good time for any budding paleontologists. Dinosaur fossils from the Jurassic and even the cretaceous period have been uncovered among these hills. There are plenty of excellent views to be had.

black bear cub clinging to tree

Bear Country USA

If you’ve ever wanted to see a black bear up close and personal, then this is the best place to be because it’s Black Bear Country all throughout. More than 200 acres sprawled with pine trees are host to many animals, including the ever-popular black bear. The bears love to explore everything from the forest to the man-made, so you are bound to have at least a few sightings while you’re vacationing here in the Black Hills. They are known to come up to cars, cross tennis courts, and, of course, climb trees.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Of all the things to do in the Black Hills, be sure to take the time to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, a pinnacle of Lakotan heritage where they are carving the face of renowned indigenous leader Crazy Horse into the side of the mountain. This beautiful memorial is meant to foster relations between the indigenous people and the modern era and educate those who may not know the history of those who had first set foot here in the Black Hills.

The Journey Museum of Rapid City

No family-friendly vacation is complete without a visit to one of the most classic historical museums around. The museum intertwines the history and culture of the surrounding areas with modern science, leading its visitors to experience a wealth of knowledge and innovation. The Black Hills are remote enough that it is one of the last places to have had pioneers come and colonize the area, so it is rich in natural history.

The Brothel – Deadwood 

When it comes to those who enjoy history, it is imperative to visit the Deadwood Brothel, which houses 100 years of prostitution history. The Brothel brings excellent insight into the lives and history of those who were much overlooked at the time but brought much revenue to the area. The Brothel operated for more than 100 years, into the 1980s, before federal agents put an end to it. 

Plan Your Visit

Keep your mind at ease, knowing you won’t have trouble finding the most luxurious accommodations for your family, as cabin rentals in the Black Hills are abundant. It’s easy to find high-end, comfortable lodgings right here in the heart of it all with staff that genuinely want you to enjoy your stay and get the most out of your vacation. Staying in the heart of the Black Hills near Deadwood has never been easier than it is these days.

Historic Adams House 

The Historic Adams House is another museum of how those in the past lived. It was built in 1982 and lay dormant for more than 50 years after the proprietor’s death. The interior was lovingly kept and everything well preserved, leaving a pristine museum for us modern vacationers to fully experience. It’s a beautiful example of the extravagance of the past and what life could look like when one had the means to live in the lap of luxury.

view from inside a cavern

Black Hills Caverns

For those who are true explorers but not quite to spelunking levels, you can take a beautiful tour of the Black Hills Caverns. The indigenous Lakota tribe first discovered the caverns in centuries past. Still, gold-seekers in 1882 uncovered it and left us with beautiful natural underground wonders after they paved the way forward with their mining. Be sure to bring an excellent camera because you’re going to want to document this otherworldly venture.

Trout Haven Ranch

Just as the name suggests, Trout Haven Ranch is home to waters that are always biting with a plethora of trout. This is the perfect place to hang up your hat for a day, cast your line, and wait to reel in your dinner. More than one million trout are raised each year to stock the waters for your convenience. There is never a disappointing fishing trip here, that’s for sure. Make sure this is one of your stops for dear old dad, so he can brag about all the trout he caught as one of the things to do in the Black Hills.

Four Mile Old West Town 

This is a beautiful low-cost way to spend your day with your family. Enjoy walking through the streets of the Four Mile Old West Town. This is four miles of an old west town for you to experience just as the past pioneers have. There are open displays and conversations of how things were done in the past, and plenty to see and do to keep the whole family entertained during this excursion.