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How To Have A Dog-Gone Good Time Downtown

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

August 09, 2021

You might not be the only one in need of a fun-filled getaway, your dog might too. Sure, they have less stress, little to no responsibility, and you’re probably still waiting for them to fork up payment for their last vet visit. But, we love them anyway and they make everything a little more exciting, including vacation! 

Take a stroll down Art Alley

Dogs walking through Art Alley in Downtown Rapid City, SD
Art Alley


Art Alley provides an exciting detour through downtown that's an attraction itself. With a permit, people are allowed to add their artwork to the building walls that make up the alley. It’s a colorful adventure everyone will enjoy going on, even if you walk on four legs and can't see all the colors on the spectrum. Not to mention the photo opportunities are endless!

Pose With A President

Dog sitting with George Washington's statue in Downtown Rapid City
City of Presidents


The City of Presidents is a walking tour spanning the downtown district that allows you to meet and greet the statues of past American presidents. Although they can’t give out pets or treats, your pup will still enjoy the engaging walk and posing with these famous men!

Relax and refresh on a dog friendly patio

Murphy's Pub and Grill pet friendly patio in downtown rapid city, sd
Murphy's Pub & Grill


When it’s time to grab some food or enjoy a beverage, downtown has no shortage of pet friendly patio options available. Spots like Murphy’s Pub and Grill, Thirsty’s, and Tally’s Silver Spoon are just a few of the options available. Local breweries Lost Cabin and Dakota Point allow friendly dogs on their patios and inside! But be warned, your pup might get more attention than you from other patrons. 

Enjoy A Sweet Treat

Pup enjoying ice cream at Silver Lining Creamery in downtown Rapid City, SD
Silver Lining Creamery


Finish a day of exploring the downtown scene with some ice cream! Silver Linings Creamery, located in the Main Street Square Shops, offers an outdoor ordering window and a patio with a view of the Main Street Square fountains. Although dogs aren’t allowed on the turf, they can enjoy some delicious ice cream with their favorite human.

Downtown isn’t the only spot for adventures with your furry friends! Escape to nature with your pooch on a hike right in Rapid City. Spots like M Hill offer terrific views of the city, or Skyline Wilderness Area offers a variety of great hiking options! To sum it up: it’s paws down a good time in Rapid City.