Getaway Together


Finding out who inherited Mom’s adventure gene. Matching presidential facts with Dad. Challenging them both to keep up with the little ones. Family vacations in Rapid City are packed with the key ingredients of lifelong memories: special moments doing big things together.

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 beloved Black Hills experiences like Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park, along with six additional bucket list worthy parks and monuments. To share the wonder of America’s wide open spaces (and deep, dark caves), there’s no better place to be.

Area attractions offer good times for all ages. Give a toddler the steam-powered thrill of a ride 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 the prairie together on a Buffalo Safari Jeep Ride, surrender to the cuteness of Babyland at Bear Country USA and share the hair-raising effect of a snake show at Reptile Gardens – wildlife encounters are favorites for every generation.

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.


There’s no argument here – pets are definitely part of the family. To make sure they’re also part of the family fun in Rapid City, pet-friendly options include hotel accommodations and tips on 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 at area dog parks and trails. 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.

For Grown-up Tastes

Whether it’s Mom and Dad on their own or shared with adult kids, a wine tasting at Prairie Berry Winery features more than 15 grape, fruit and honey wines, all made on site. 

Just For The Kids

Step aside, parents. It’s time for the kids to dig their way into the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world.


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