Rapid City – Things to do with your Team

Like cities out in California, Rapid City owes its existence to gold. In the 1870s, settlers flocked to the Black Hills after news of unearthed gold spread throughout the country. People began showing up to the region in droves and a settlement began to take shape. Promoted as the “Gateway to the Black Hills”, Rapid City became a popular destination for hopeful miners looking to hit it big. Since the discovery of gold in the surrounding hills, Rapid City has steadily grown and developed into a lively city with a lot for its residents and visitors to do.


Mount Rushmore

Only about a half hour drive from Rapid City, nestled in the Black Hills, is one of America’s most famous landmarks. If you’re in Rapid City for a tournament, you owe it to your team to take them to Mount Rushmore. This historic wonder will surely inspire awe in your team once they see it. The monument honors four of America’s greatest presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Over three million tourists come to Mount Rushmore every year, why not be one of those three million? Admission is free, so you really have no excuse to not visit this famous sculpted landmark. 13000 Highway 244, Building 31, Suite 1 Keystone, SD 57751 


Bear Country U.S.A.

Walk on the wild side and get closer to South Dakota wildlife than you ever imagined at Bear Country U.S.A. This drive through safari is surprisingly very affordable and a unique attraction that you’d be hard pressed to find in many other cities. As you look to your left you’ll see brown and black bears, elk and more. Look to your right, and you’ll spot wolves of many varieties, buffalo, and other animals. If you have a group of 15 or more, you will qualify for discounted admission. This two hour tour will be a really enjoyable excursion not only for animal lovers, but the entire team since you will have a much more interactive experience with the wildlife. Once your tour is over, head to the Cub Grub Snack Shack and grab some food before you’re on your way. 13820 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702


Reptile Gardens

A different type of animal attraction in Rapid City, Reptile Gardens is a mix of botanical garden and zoo. Take in the beauty of exotic, tropical, and colorful flowers in two massive greenhouse rooms. One of which, lizards and other reptiles roam free throughout the garden. Don’t worry, there’s nothing dangerous lurking in the plants. Besides watching animals in their habitats, Reptile Gardens hosts many animal shows throughout the day. Learn about many different species of venomous and nonvenomous snakes. Witness a live alligator feeding, or pet the garden’s two giant tortoises. Stop by and visit the bald eagle and other birds as well, or sit back while they put on an aerial show with the staff for your entertainment. 8955 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702


Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Play a few rounds of miniatuARR golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. This meticulously landscaped pirate themed 18 hole mini golf course poses quite the challenge for any who dare to play with the hopes of making it out under par. You’ll need to bring you’re A-game for this place. Maneuver your golf ball through numerous obstacles like caves, waterfalls, bridges, pipes, and more. You won’t find a better mini golf course in the entire state of South Dakota. Pirate’s Cove has been named “best in state” and received the “Beautification award” for its wonderfully kept landscape. You and your team will have a fantastic time while you enjoy the excitement Pirate’s Cove has to offer. 1500 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701


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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

An impressive display of aircrafts dating all the way back to WWII to the present awaits you at South Dakota Air and Space Museum. The museum divides itself into two main sections: outdoors and indoors. Explore actual planes up close and appreciate the complexity of these mechanical feats and see the evolution of aircrafts from WWII up to today. Inside, you can gain a clearer picture into military history through artifacts, stories of aviators, photographs, and other military memorabilia. This free aviation museum delivers an extensive look through the past and will leave you with an appreciation for the Air Force and the brave people who defend, and protect the United States. 2890 Davis Dr, Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706


Black Hills Maze

Lose yourself in a gigantic, 1.2 mile maze during your visit to Rapid city at Black Hills Maze. Have fun getting disoriented and walk through the winding maze in an effort to find a way out as soon as possible. This maze is designed to throw you off and challenge your sense of direction. How long do you think it will take you to find your way? Besides a maze, Black Hills Maze provides other activities you and your team can take advantage of while you’re there. Shoot some hoops with a twist at their bank shot basketball hoops. Here you will encounter various angled backboards for you to ricochet your ball off in an attempt to score. This is basketball like you’ve never experienced it before. You can also work on your swing in the batting cages, or scale the rock wall and see if you have what it takes to reach the top. 6400 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57701


Museum of Geology

Visit the Museum of Geology and get transported back to a time before mankind walked the planet. This free museum has an impressive collection of dinosaur and mammal fossils from long ago. You will be shocked to see how intricate these fossil displays are. You and the team will learn about animals that called Earth home way before you did. In addition to the fossils, the Museum of Geology also owns one of the largest mineral and rock collection in the country. These spectacular gems will dazzle you. Tours are available for groups that are interested. 501 E St Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701


Black Hills Escape Rooms

Treat your mind to a mental obstacle course at Black Hills Escape Rooms. These escape rooms will put you and your team to the test. Is your mental fortitude strong enough to solve all of the complex puzzles and clues in the allotted 60 minute time limit? Where most escape rooms have two or three rooms that you can pick from, Black Hills Escape Rooms takes it to the next level and offers five themed rooms. Choose from Murder in Saloon, Ghost of the Black Hills, Treasure at Mt. Rushmore, TERRORism, or Shootout in Deadwood. Each room has their own assigned difficulty rating, so pick accordingly. 705 Main St, Rapid City, SD 57701


Rapid City has many more attractions than the ones listed here. This city is filled to the brim with things to do. You’ll almost be overwhelmed with all of the opportunities you and your team will have. This is definitely a city that warrants more than one trip if you hope to see all of the exciting things it has to offer.