There are so many things to see and do in, and around, Rapid City! While the attractions here are very reasonably priced, there are so many of them that you can spend a fortune seeing all of them. I have tracked down a few Free Things for you to enjoy when you visit Rapid City.
Downtown Rapid City
Your first stop should be the Main Street Square. On a hot summer day, you can bring the kids and let them cool off in the water fountains. There are also festivals and free concerts throughout the whole year. The Square has ample tables, chairs and umbrellas, so you can kick back with an ice cream or coffee and enjoy the day. Make sure to check out their website when planning your trip, so you can add some fun and free entertainment to your itinerary.
Feel like taking a walk? Check out the statues of the Presidents, throughout Downtown. You can print off a map, or use the interactive walking guide here: City of Presidents.
Free Things for the Family
The Chapel in the Hills is an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal, Norway. Whether you appreciate the beauty of hand crafted wood, or would like to learn a little more about the Norwegians who settled here, this should be on your list. You can wander through the Chapel, or attend a service. There is also a small museum, in an authentic log cabin. Here you can learn about the lives of early settlers to this part of the country. The gift shop is located in a “Stabbur,” which is an authentic grass-roofed store house. In the summer months, the “Stabbur” is a beautiful site to behold, with its blooming roof. If quiet contemplation is on your list, spend a few minutes and walk up the Meditation trail.
Storybook Island is a free theme park for children. They even have a carousel 🙂 All of the activities are based on past and present stories your kids will love. Storybook Island is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Geology Museum at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a fun treat for the whole family. They have some fun dinosaur exhibits and dioramas, as well as a very nice collection of minerals. There are interactive, touchable items, as well as a dark room with fluorescent minerals.
Anywhere you go in Rapid City, you will run into a park. They are all around, big and small. A couple of our favorites include the Dinosaur Park, overlooking Rapid City, and Canyon Lake Park on the West side of town.
Travelling doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money. Be adventurous, get out there and enjoy the journey!