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It's Time For A Getaway Together

Always on the lookout for enriching creative and heritage experiences, Ginny counts Rapid City and the Black Hills as one of her favorite destinations. A southern girl with a yen for open spaces with powerful stories, she loves nothing more than helping people discover the places that make their own stories richer.

February 04, 2020

This destination has so much more than people expect. It’s abundant in outdoor recreation, perfect for the one who inherited mom’s adventure gene. Its streets are lined with history for the one that can match dad fact for fact about the U.S. Presidents. It’s simple really. Family vacations in Rapid City are packed with the key ingredients for lifelong memories - special moments doing big things together.

Family Hiking In Badlands National Park
Family Hiking In Badlands National Park

Whether you’re planning a family vacation for multiple generations or it’s all about the kids, staying in Rapid City offers easy access to all the beloved Black Hills experiences. You’ll be centrally located to Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park, along with six additional bucket list worthy parks and monuments. There’s no better place to share the wonder of America’s wide-open spaces and deep, crystalized caves.

Watching Wildlife in Custer State Park

Area attractions offer good times for all ages. Give your young one the steam-powered adventure of a lifetime onboard the 1880 Train. Inspire tiny paleontologists on a fossil dig at the Mammoth Site or on a visit to The Journey Museum & Learning Center. Teach them to fish at The Outdoor Campus West. Give older kids the chance to soar on the zip line and take down zombies at Rush Mountain Adventure Park. Roam with the herd on a Buffalo Safari Jeep Ride, surrender to the cuteness of Babyland at Bear Country USA and share in the thrill of a gator show at Reptile Gardens – wildlife encounters are favorites for every generation.

Family Posing With City of Presidents
Family Posing With City of Presidents

While natural wonders are the perfect glue for strengthening family bonds, great dining, shopping and celebrations in Downtown Rapid City make togetherness a real joy. Live music, food vendors and a family-friendly atmosphere make Summer Nights the party highlight of your vacation. Add in a little fountain play or Movies Under the Stars at Main Street Square, and you’ll see why families rank Rapid City high on their list of favorite vacations.

Bring your furry pals, too!

There’s no argument here – pets are part of the family. Bring them along to Rapid City, pet-friendly options include hotel accommodations and bringing your leashed pets to attractions like Reptile Gardens and Crazy Horse Memorial. While pets are limited to the exercise areas of Mount Rushmore, dogs rule the area trails and parks. In pet-friendly Downtown Rapid City, dogs are part of the social scene – leashed pets are welcome to share the good times at outdoor patios of many downtown restaurants.

It’s pretty easy to see why families love Rapid City, but it’s even better to experience it with your own.