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Black Hawk Airbnb, Mary & Dan's guidebook

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Black Hawk Airbnb, Mary & Dan's guidebook

Family Fun
Go carts, bumper cars, arcade, laser tag, arcade, batting cages all inside! A little run down, but still a fun place!
Flags & Wheels Indoor Racing
405 12th St
Go carts, bumper cars, arcade, laser tag, arcade, batting cages all inside! A little run down, but still a fun place!
See their website page, but my 8 & 10 year old love Reptile Gardens. Yes lots of reptiles like snakes, alligators etc. They also have a botanical garden with beautiful plants which houses some birds, lizards, turtle, and snakes. They usually have several shows throughout the day that are fantastically entertaining. Note it does depend on time of year when Reptile Gardens is open.
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Reptile Gardens
8955 U.S. 16
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See their website page, but my 8 & 10 year old love Reptile Gardens. Yes lots of reptiles like snakes, alligators etc. They also have a botanical garden with beautiful plants which houses some birds, lizards, turtle, and snakes. They usually have several shows throughout the day that are fantastically entertaining. Note it does depend on time of year when Reptile Gardens is open.
More like Pirate's Island! Fun minature golf surrounded by amazing landscape and quirky pirate humor! I call it an island because its located in the Walmart parking lot. It's an island a beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers but surrounded by asphalt and concrete. It can busy in the summer but they can get people through there quickly. It is seasonal and is closed during school/winter season. Look for coupons in magazines in our Airbnb!
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
1500 N Lacrosse St
More like Pirate's Island! Fun minature golf surrounded by amazing landscape and quirky pirate humor! I call it an island because its located in the Walmart parking lot. It's an island a beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers but surrounded by asphalt and concrete. It can busy in the summer but they can get people through there quickly. It is seasonal and is closed during school/winter season. Look for coupons in magazines in our Airbnb!
It is a little kitschy, but kids love seeing all the storybook characters. It is also always in need of updating, but they do have a train, merry go around, and a bounce house. It is free to get in, but can't bring food or drink (I usually bring water,snack in my backpack-I know its a "no-no"). All rides cost and food/drink prices are expensive, but think of it as a donation towards the park to help fund modernizing efforts.
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Storybook Island
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd
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It is a little kitschy, but kids love seeing all the storybook characters. It is also always in need of updating, but they do have a train, merry go around, and a bounce house. It is free to get in, but can't bring food or drink (I usually bring water,snack in my backpack-I know its a "no-no"). All rides cost and food/drink prices are expensive, but think of it as a donation towards the park to help fund modernizing efforts.
A fun way to have something to do downtown Rapid City for free, yet explore and possibly enticed by the cool downtown stores and restaurants! See pg 68 of Traveler Magazine in our Airbnb or google, also here is a video on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdvEzC-ials
The City of Presidents Walk
631 SD-79
A fun way to have something to do downtown Rapid City for free, yet explore and possibly enticed by the cool downtown stores and restaurants! See pg 68 of Traveler Magazine in our Airbnb or google, also here is a video on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdvEzC-ials
A great park to with tunnel slides and lots of fun niches for kids to play hide-n-seek. Be aware the park is open all year, but the bathrooms are only open in the summer.
Vickie Powers Memorial Park
A great park to with tunnel slides and lots of fun niches for kids to play hide-n-seek. Be aware the park is open all year, but the bathrooms are only open in the summer.
SD game fish and parks outdoor center is free and fun! Short, exploratory Hiking trails around the facility showing off marsh land, pond life and meadows. Also a two story fort! Great place for the kids to run around and burn off energy! Inside they have posed animals in natural habitat and interactive play for kids and adults!
The Outdoor Campus - West
SD game fish and parks outdoor center is free and fun! Short, exploratory Hiking trails around the facility showing off marsh land, pond life and meadows. Also a two story fort! Great place for the kids to run around and burn off energy! Inside they have posed animals in natural habitat and interactive play for kids and adults!
Free and fun! Concrete life size dinos for kids to run around, climb on and explore with a view of west side Rapid City to boot.
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Dinosaur Park
940 Skyline Drive
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Free and fun! Concrete life size dinos for kids to run around, climb on and explore with a view of west side Rapid City to boot.
Nice quiet small Lake to rent a paddle boat! Also playgrounds, bike/walking path, fish hatchery, picnic areas, small ditches for the kids to cool off.
Canyon Lake
Nice quiet small Lake to rent a paddle boat! Also playgrounds, bike/walking path, fish hatchery, picnic areas, small ditches for the kids to cool off.
Known for its flower garden area and Part of the Rapid City bike/walking path along Rapid City creek. Playground with balancing area, disc golf course nearby, picnic area. Big cotton wood trees provide lots of shade!
Sioux Park
733 Canyon Lake Drive
Known for its flower garden area and Part of the Rapid City bike/walking path along Rapid City creek. Playground with balancing area, disc golf course nearby, picnic area. Big cotton wood trees provide lots of shade!
Still water lake surrounded by boulders in Custer State Park; Nearby hikes are Sunday Gulch, Black Elk Peak, Little Devil's Tower
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Sylvan Lake
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Still water lake surrounded by boulders in Custer State Park; Nearby hikes are Sunday Gulch, Black Elk Peak, Little Devil's Tower
Near Spearfish Park and nice stop for kids to run around and feed the fish. Beautiful architecture and landscaping.
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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives
423 Hatchery Circle
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Near Spearfish Park and nice stop for kids to run around and feed the fish. Beautiful architecture and landscaping.
Food
If you like a simple dinner menu of filet mignon, 1/2 head of lettuce, toast and potato, then a fancy dessert this place is for you. No credit cards accepted, so be sure to bring cash. Be prepared to wait in line to get your name in, then wait in line till your name is called. But this restaurant is in Hill City with touristy stores to visit!
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Alpine Inn
133 East Main Street
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A little shabby but great food! If you can eat outside it'll be less crowded and Hwy 385 is beautiful to drive! *Note, many restaurants close in the late fall and winter in the smaller towns. Check to see if open before arriving.
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Sugar Shack
22495 US-385
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A little shabby but great food! If you can eat outside it'll be less crowded and Hwy 385 is beautiful to drive! *Note, many restaurants close in the late fall and winter in the smaller towns. Check to see if open before arriving.
Located in the city of Custer, it is on the expensive side and would recommend for adults only. It has unique menu and excellent food. Most of the food is not friendly to kids' palates. It is not a chain restaurant, expect slower service. *Note, many restaurants close in the late fall and winter in the smaller towns. Check to see if open before arriving.
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Sage Creek Grille - Closed until Spring 2020
611 Mount Rushmore Road
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Located in the city of Custer, it is on the expensive side and would recommend for adults only. It has unique menu and excellent food. Most of the food is not friendly to kids' palates. It is not a chain restaurant, expect slower service. *Note, many restaurants close in the late fall and winter in the smaller towns. Check to see if open before arriving.
Free wine tasting! Gotta love that! And atmosphere of modern rustic and classy. They have gourmet sandwich deli and gift shop. Lots of outdoor sitting. Near Hill City.
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Prairie Berry Winery
23837 US-385
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Free wine tasting! Gotta love that! And atmosphere of modern rustic and classy. They have gourmet sandwich deli and gift shop. Lots of outdoor sitting. Near Hill City.
Hiking
Directions are listed in the "Trail" small magazine in our Airbnb. Not too strenuous, creek side hike, then boulders. Just down the road from our place. My kids love playing in the creek! It does connect to the Centennial Trail too.
Little Elk Creek Trailhead
Directions are listed in the "Trail" small magazine in our Airbnb. Not too strenuous, creek side hike, then boulders. Just down the road from our place. My kids love playing in the creek! It does connect to the Centennial Trail too.
It is like another world landscape, full of small to long hikes. All the boardwalk hikes are easy and our favorite medium level hike is the Notch trail. In the summer it can be 10-20 degrees hotter so bring lots of water and snacks and sun care items.
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Badlands National Park
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It is like another world landscape, full of small to long hikes. All the boardwalk hikes are easy and our favorite medium level hike is the Notch trail. In the summer it can be 10-20 degrees hotter so bring lots of water and snacks and sun care items.
Great hike with an overlook. See trail book. It is moderate level hike.
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Buzzard's Roost
South Dakota 44
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Great hike with an overlook. See trail book. It is moderate level hike.
Great trail where you have to cross the creek several times. Must have good balance! Doable for kids who do not have any fear.
Spring Creek Trailhead
Great trail where you have to cross the creek several times. Must have good balance! Doable for kids who do not have any fear.
Sightseeing
One of the many National Parks in SD and is a must see!
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Mount Rushmore
13000 South Dakota 244
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One of the many National Parks in SD and is a must see!
There are so many awesome areas in Custer State park. Drive the wildlife loop to see the free roaming buffalo, prairie dogs, antelope, and wild donkeys. Or drive up to Sylvan lake and take an adventure on the Sunday Gulch trail (moderate to hard level due to the bouldering you will need to do).
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Custer State Park
13329 U.S. 16A
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There are so many awesome areas in Custer State park. Drive the wildlife loop to see the free roaming buffalo, prairie dogs, antelope, and wild donkeys. Or drive up to Sylvan lake and take an adventure on the Sunday Gulch trail (moderate to hard level due to the bouldering you will need to do).
A little bit of a drive, but its this humongous butte in the middle of nowhere. There is a asphalt walking path around the butte for great scenic pictures! I've seen climbers on it, so if your an avid climber check out the website to get permission.
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Devils Tower
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A little bit of a drive, but its this humongous butte in the middle of nowhere. There is a asphalt walking path around the butte for great scenic pictures! I've seen climbers on it, so if your an avid climber check out the website to get permission.
Unique are of an active paleontology dig of several mammoths trapped in a sink hole. Also has an attached museum and if you can, try and sign up for the Junior Dig. Just call ahead and place your kids name on the list. The Junior dig has the kids in large dirt area digging for replica bones. They use special tools to dig and finally identify which part of the Mammoth they found. Only in the summer here is the site: https://www.mammothsite.org/what-we-do/education/summer-classes.html
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The Mammoth Site
1800 U.S. 18 Bypass
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Unique are of an active paleontology dig of several mammoths trapped in a sink hole. Also has an attached museum and if you can, try and sign up for the Junior Dig. Just call ahead and place your kids name on the list. The Junior dig has the kids in large dirt area digging for replica bones. They use special tools to dig and finally identify which part of the Mammoth they found. Only in the summer here is the site: https://www.mammothsite.org/what-we-do/education/summer-classes.html
https://issuu.com/3ppubs/docs/southern_hills_vacation_guide_2020 check out link for all of Southern Hills: Hot Springs, Keystone, Hill City, Custer.
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Custer
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https://issuu.com/3ppubs/docs/southern_hills_vacation_guide_2020 check out link for all of Southern Hills: Hot Springs, Keystone, Hill City, Custer.
Food scene
Has great reviews on google! Sorry I've never had the chance to eat there. It looks more family friendly and not as costly yet good food.
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Skogen Kitchen
29 N 5th St
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Has great reviews on google! Sorry I've never had the chance to eat there. It looks more family friendly and not as costly yet good food.
Great burgers, but may be a line since it is a local favorite
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Black Hills Burger and Bun Co
441 Mt Rushmore Rd
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Great burgers, but may be a line since it is a local favorite
Neighborhoods
You can easily take West Boulevard from start to end and see all the historic houses. Although, "Visit Rapid City" has a tour available to show all the historic district area of Rapid City; see this: https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do/historic-district
West Boulevard
You can easily take West Boulevard from start to end and see all the historic houses. Although, "Visit Rapid City" has a tour available to show all the historic district area of Rapid City; see this: https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do/historic-district

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When in the hills, pull over and let others pass
Locals can get a little irked at tourist's driving slow around the single lane Highways in the Black Hills or Badlands. If possible, safely pull over to a pull out and let the bad mood drivers pass. Avoid the road rage :)