There is truly something for everyone in the Black Hills area. From outdoor activities and attractions to cultural museums, festivals, dining, and shopping, you’re sure to find plenty of things to do after your clinic hours.

The following area attractions are a few of our favorite ways to pass the time:

National Parks & Monuments

  • Mount Rushmore
    • Located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City
    • Open daily and year-round
  • Badlands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Park
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Custer State Park

Family-Friendly Attractions

  • Dinosaur Park
  • Storybook Island
  • The Journey Museum
  • Reptile Gardens
  • Bear Country USA

Shopping

  • Downtown Rapid City
    • Home to salons and spas, clothing boutiques, Native American arts and crafts outlets, and several quaint restaurants
    • Main Street Square features an interactive fountain display during the summer months and an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter as well as summer outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, art and wine festivals, and a farmers market
  • Rushmore Crossing
    • The newest shopping center in Rapid City, offering 900,000 square feet of retail space
    • Premier shopping center featuring national and specialty stores
  • Rushmore Mall
    • Variety of stores, ranging from national chains to locally owned specialty boutiques
    • Food court and numerous nearby restaurants

Arts & Culture

  • Black Hills Symphony Orchestra
    • More than 90 musicians perform a variety of pieces each year
    • Partners with the Black Hills Dance Theater and Black Hills Community Theater to produce several ballets, full stage productions, and Broadway musicals each year
  • City of Presidents
    • One of the largest publicly owned displays of art in the country
    • Lines the streets of downtown Rapid City and features life-sized bronze statues of our nation’s presidents
    • Provides a walking tour to learn about Rapid City’s history
  • Elks Theatre
    • Historic theatre shows movies daily and hosts concerts, film festivals, business meetings, and private parties
  • Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
    • Major concerts and touring Broadway shows visit each year
  • Suzie Cappa Art Center
    • Non-profit studio
    • Provides artists a space to create, exhibit, and sell their work
    • Includes photography, ceramics, collages, music, and acrylic and watercolor paintings
  • Dahl Arts Center
    • City-owned art museum located downtown
    • Offers a variety of cultural exhibits, as well as classes, seminars, and free art adventures
  • Black Hills Community Theater
    • Produces more than 10 live productions involving volunteers of all ages and theatrical professions
    • Shows are presented at Rapid City High School’s Performing Arts Center and in the Firehouse Brewing Company’s theater
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