Things to do in Rapid City Sd during the Summer

Rapid City boasts no shortage of fun summer attractions. If you’re looking for family things to do in Rapid City, SD outdoors, the city’s parks and playgrounds offer a great opportunity to enjoy fun recreational activities.Two of the best parks in Rapid City where you and your family can enjoy lots of fun activities are Storybook Island and  Dinosaur Park which are great places to bond with the family and to see some pretty cool stuff. Dinosaur Park has life-sized dinosaur sculptures on display, while Storybook Island is free to enter, and has a children’s theater and lots of themed-areas and attractions like a steam engine where kids can have a go at being a train engineer! Other fun places to go and see are the Rushmore Water Park and the Reptile Gardens. Rushmore Water Park has a kiddies’ pool, a hot spa and river rapids; while Reptile Gardens has lots of reptile collections and various live shows such as snake and hawk shows.

Rapid City is just a stone’s-throw away from the Black Hills National Forest, which has lots of outdoor activities on offer such as camping, paddle boating, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding and hiking. Biking is another popular pursuit in Rapid City, and taking a ride to Mt Rushmore in Keystone to see the famous stone heads of the Presidents is one of the most popular things to do in South Dakota. If you’re wondering about hiking trails closer to Rapid City, you’ll find plenty of hiking and biking trails along Rapid Creek, which is just a short drive west of downtown Rapid City.

Attending one of the Youngstage plays at the Black Hills Community Theatre is one of the best things you can do in town for fun evening entertainment. If you like checking out cool optical illusions, visiting Cosmos Mystery Area is another of the top family things to do in Rapid City, SD (it’s worth checking out especially if you’re visiting Mt Rushmore since it’s along the way).

Another great place in downtown Rapid City where you can find more family-friendly entertainment is at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is Rapid City’s main exhibition arena, so it hosts everything from concerts, sport games and annual events.Two such annual events that you wouldn’t want to miss at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center are the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (in late January) to see cattle drives and cowboy shows; and the motorcycle show during the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.