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Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Top Attraction!
National Park in Keystone, SD USA

National Memorial The four figures carved in stone on Mount Rushmore represent the first 150 years of American history. The birth of our nation was guided by the vision and courage of George Washington.


Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park Top Attraction!
National Park in Hot Springs, SD USA

National Park One of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife are the main features of the park.

1880 Train, Black Hills Central Railroad
1880 Train, Black Hills Central Railroad
Excursion in Hill City, SD USA

We are a scenic train ride in the Black Hills of S.D. All aboard for a two hour train ride through the Black Hills of South Dakota. The 1880 Train is a tourist railroad that has been in operation for 60 years.

Chapel in the Hills
Chapel in the Hills
Historic Site in Rapid City, SD USA

Exact replica of an 860-year old Norwegian Stave Church Chapel in the Hills is an exact replica of the famous 860-year old Borgund Stave Church (Stavkirke in Norwegian). It features detailed carvings, dragon heads and post & beam construction.

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Historic Site in Spearfish, SD USA

Free Family Atrraction in the Black Hills~ Feed the fish! Visit the museum, hike the trails, tour the historic Booth House and replica railcar, and feed the fish! Created in 1896 to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, D.C.


Double P Ranch
Double P Ranch
Fishing in Clark, SD USA

Our nearly two decades of dedication to conservation has resulted in a South Dakota pheasant hunting ranch that is simply unparalleled for habitat quality and diversity. Double P Ranch is a pheasant hunting lodge located in the Glacial Lakes and Prairie Pothole region of South Dakota. Formed by receding glaciers over 20,000 years ago, this region consists of thousands of wetlands and lakes providing a myriad of activities for sportsmen.

Jewel Cave National Monument
Jewel Cave National Monument
National Park in Custer, SD USA

National Monument Buried beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota is the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave.

Main Street Square
Main Street Square
Scenic in Rapid City, SD USA

Public plaza at Sixth and Main St. in Downtown Rapid City Main Street Square is an outdoor public green space in Downtown Rapid City. In the summer, Main Street Square is a green space with an interactive fountain, and during the winter the space turns into an ice skating rink.

Missouri National Recreational River
Missouri National Recreational River
National Park in Yankton, SD USA

National Recreation River


Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries
Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Art Gallery in Rapid City, SD USA

Native American art, crafts & culture Exploring the beauty of the past while also embracing the unique mark of the individual artist, we feature a myriad of traditional and contemporary Native American art, crafts and music.

Putz n Glo
Putz n Glo
Golf in Rapid City, SD USA

Indoor Black Light Miniature Golf Shining a new light on a timeless classic, an indoor Black Light miniature golf experience that will ROCK you!18 holes in an over 8,000 square foot facilty, great art, music from the past five decades.

Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens
Zoo in Rapid City, SD USA

Reptile Gardens makes a unique family vacation spot and is the highlight of many South Dakota family road trips – full of fun family activities, we are dog friendly and provide things to learn and do for an entire day.

The Elks Theatre
The Elks Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Theatre in Rapid City, SD USA

Historic downtown facility the hosts all types of events. Our historic main auditorium seats over 600 and host a wide variety of events: movies, film festivals, concerts, corporate seminars, private parties, ect.. Our screening room was the historic ballroom, with the dome ceiling preserved.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center
The Journey Museum & Learning Center things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Rapid City, SD USA

Take a Journey through time in Rapid City, SD. The Journey Museum takes you on an incredible trek through time, from the formation of the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western frontier.

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Hot Springs, SD USA

At least 61 mammoths have been discovered The Mammoth Site was established in 1974 and is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organization. The Mammoth Site is one of America’s greatest Ice Age Treasures.

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Theme Park in Rapid City, SD USA

The Premiere Indoor Waterpark Attraction for Kids and Family Experience the largest indoor water park resort in the Dakotas. With 30,000 sq. ft. of waterpark, arcade and concessions, your family will find all kinds of fun in one great location.

World’s Only Corn Palace
World’s Only Corn Palace things to do on a rainy day in South Dakota
Historic Site in Mitchell, SD USA

World’s Only Corn Palace, a folk art icon The Corn Palace is decorated with several murals made out of 12 different colors of corn, each framed with native grasses, straw, milo, and sourdock.

Wounded Knee Memorial Museum
Wounded Knee Memorial Museum things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Wall, SD USA

The unforgettable story of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Wounded Knee The Museum
Wounded Knee The Museum things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Wall, SD USA

A narrative museum about the Wounded Knee Massacre Wounded Knee, The Museum, serves as a memorial to those slaughtered at Wounded Knee Creek, December 28, 1890.

2018 Summit League Basketball All Tournament Pass
2018 Summit League Basketball All Tournament Pass things to do on a rainy day in Sioux Falls, SD
Mar 03, 2018 (Saturday) Sports event in Sioux Falls, SD USA

2018 Summit League Basketball All Tournament Pass March 03, 2018 at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, SD 12:00PM

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Best Time to Visit South Dakota


The best time to visit South Dakota is in the summer and fall. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the low 50's. Fall nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's.

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Monthly Temperatures in South Dakota


Month Low Avg High
January 6.6 18.2 29.8
February 12.2 23.5 34.9
March 21.3 33.0 44.6
April 31.8 44.3 56.7
May 43.4 55.7 67.9
June 53.1 65.5 77.8
July 59.0 71.6 84.2
August 56.8 69.8 82.8
September 46.1 59.8 73.5
October 34.3 47.7 61.0
November 21.0 32.1 43.1
December 10.3 21.6 32.9

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