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  • Weather: 65°F, Drizzle
  • Population: 73,569

Things to Do in Rapid City

Put on your walking shoes.  Here are the top 5 FREE things to do in Rapid City, South Dakota.  1.  Located in downtown Rapid City is a series of life-sized bronze statues of every President in the history of the United States.  Stop in at the City of Presidents Visitor Center located at 631 Main for a walking tour map.  2.  Dinosaur Park is one of America's first dinosaur parks, having been dedicated on May 22, 1936.  It is located near the top of Skyline Drive, 940 Skyline Dr., and is home to a beautiful overlook of the city.  3.  Art Alley, a favorite among locals, is located between Rapid City's 6th and 7th Streets in downtown Rapid City.  4.  Chapel in the Hills is a replica stave church, bringing a bit of Norway to the city.  It is located on the western edge of Rapid City, SD.  The chapel, gift shop and museum maintains seasonal hours.  

Fun Facts

  • Mni Lúzahaŋ Otȟúŋwahe is Rapid City's Lakota name, meaning "Swift Water City."
  • Established in 1876 by a group of disappointed miners, Rapid City was originally known as "Hay Camp."
  • Rapid City is known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and as "The City of Presidents."
  • Rapid City has been designated as the Most Patriotic Best Small Town in the U.S.
  • Named after Rapid Creek, Rapid City is the second largest city in SD
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