Local Attractions

Rapid City & Black Hills Attractions

With so much to see and do in the Black Hills, you’ll hardly spend time in your room. Explore Rapid City and other local attractions whether you’re on a Black Hills family vacation or in town for business. Fairfield Inn & Suites is centrally located so you can do it all.

Don’t hesitate to ask our friendly hotel staff for recommendations, directions, and local hotspots during your stay in the Black Hills.

Distance from hotel: 6.4 miles
Get a rush from indoor cart racing, paintball, and batting cages. Flags & Wheels is full of family fun activities.

405 12th Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

Distance from hotel: 5.5 miles
Take a walk down the streets of downtown Rapid City to see bronze statues of many of our nation’s past Presidents on street corners. A self-guided tour of this Rapid City attraction is free and open to the public May through October.

Downtown Rapid City, South Dakota

Distance from hotel: 8.4 miles
A free children’s theme park filled with sets that portray characters from various children’s stories, fables, and nursery rhymes. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

1301 Sheridan Lake Road
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

Distance from hotel: 11.5 miles
Get lost in the Black Hills Maze on your next family vacation to Rapid City and the Black Hills. Enjoy the outdoor maze and other games, such as outdoor batting cages, “Water Wars,” and “Bankshot Basketball.”

6400 South Highway 16
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709

Distance from hotel: 10.5 miles
Nestled at the foot of the Black Hills on the western edge of Rapid City, the Chapel in the Hills is a quiet retreat open to all visitors.

3788 Chapel Lane
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

Distance from hotel: 13.6 miles
Reptile Gardens has steadily grown to be a leading South Dakota attraction, featuring gardens that boast more species of reptiles than any other zoo or park in the world. Reptile Gardens works closely with many major zoos worldwide to promote species survival.

8955 South Highway 16
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709

Distance from hotel: 24.2 miles
A mysterious area where you’ll experience a slightly unbalanced phenomenon that attracts visitors throughout the year.

24040 Cosmos Road
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

Distance from hotel: 27.5 miles
The National Presidential Wax Museum features life-size, life-like wax figures depicting many of our country’s most shaping experiences in dramatically political and historical settings.

609 Highway 16A
Keystone, South Dakota 57751

Distance from hotel: 3.3 miles
A pirate-themed mini-golf course for all ages. Yargh matey!

1500 LaCrosse Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709

Distance from hotel: 14.1 miles
Discovered in 1882 by gold seekers, this glittering underground world of fantastic rock formations is ready for you to come and explore.

2600 Cavern Road
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

Distance from hotel: 16.0 miles
Drive through a wildlife park featuring free-roaming regional wildlife including bears, mountain lions, big horn sheep, buffalo, and timber wolves.

13820 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

Distance from hotel: 29.3 miles
Make it a Mount Rushmore vacation and visit this iconic emblem of our beautiful country. The monumental granite sculpture represents 150 years of U.S. history with the 60-foot sculpted heads of former U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751

Black Hills Cities to Visit

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Explore Rapid City on your South Dakota vacation to discover indoor and outdoor waterparks, interactive museums and wildlife recreational areas. A bustling downtown district offers unique shopping boutiques, excellent restaurants and life-size bronze sculptures of past U.S. presidents. The city also offers outdoor recreation including hiking trails, walking paths, mountain biking treks and nationally recognized golf courses located throughout the city. Finally, enjoy Main Street Square for events, restaurants and unique local shopping. 

Distance from hotel: 27.5 miles
Keystone is located just minutes from Mount Rushmore with many family-approved attractions and shops. Ride the 1880 Train to Hill City and back. Contemplate historical scenes at the National Presidential Wax Museum, or create one of your own at an old-time photo shop. Take an exhilarating ride at the Presidents Alpine Slide and Rushmore Tramway.

Distance from hotel: 43.9 miles
Historic Deadwood is an authentic, old-western mining town that entertains today’s travelers and locals with casinos, restaurants, live music venues and historical attractions. Visit the Adams House Museum before hitting the card tables at Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort and dining at Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort.

Distance from hotel: 50.4 miles
Spearfish is a beautiful mountain town with a local feel that’s hard to match. Take a scenic drive down the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and hike one of the three waterfalls that tumble down throughout the canyon. If you're the adventurous type, Spearfish is steps away from miles upon miles of rustic hiking trails. Finish off the evening with local hops and grains at Crow Peak Brewery.

Distance from hotel: 33.6 miles
Hill City is an up-and-coming cultural center that boasts multiple art galleries and a few local wineries. Have a traditional German dining experience at the Alpine Inn, then head to Prairie Berry Winery and Miner Brewing for a local wine or beer flight.