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Things To Do In South Dakota With Kids

By: Sahil Luthra

It’s home to a slew of historic wonders and national treasures, offering kids memorable educational experiences. So, the next time you’re visiting the state, make sure to experience our recommended fun things to do in South Dakota with kids.

1. Custer State Park Jeep Safari Tour

Trust me, this open-air jeep safari experience will give a close encounter with antelopes, bison herds, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep and mule deer.

2. Storybook Island - Rapid City

Storybook Island is, no doubt, one of the can’t-miss things to do in South Dakota with toddlers and kids.

3. Mammoth Site Hot Springs

The best family vacations in South Dakota usually include a visit to Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. As the largest mammoth research facility in the world, it’s a must-see spot for families who are fascinated by archaeology, history and animals.

4. Badlands National Park Family Tour

No list of the best South Dakota attractions for families is complete without Badlands National Park. Famous for its towering spires, steep canyons and dramatic landscapes, this national park is a nature lover’s paradise.

5. Angostura State Recreation Area

While South Dakota is a land-locked state, there are actually some fabulous beaches here. And, one of the best family beaches in South Dakota is the Angostura State Recreation Area.

6. Bramble Park Zoo

Bramble Park zoo is, hands down, one of our favorite kid-friendly places to go near you in South Dakota.

7. WaTiKi Indoor Waterpark Resort

WaTiKi is a kiddie wonderland, and is home to the region’s largest indoor waterpark. Once you’re inside the waterpark, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore its numerous slides, hot tub and lazy river.

8. Black Hills and Mount Rushmore Tour

See the beauty and grandeur of the Black Hills in a rather convenient fashion by taking a private tour. Additionally, the tour is an educational experience for youngsters since it includes a visit to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

9. Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

I suggest that you take a jaw-dropping and memorable hot air balloon ride at Custer State Park. Although the ride is only 1-hour long, this tour will give you tons of memories that will last a lifetime.

10. Storybook Land

Perfect for families with young children, ths park is themed to nursery rhymes and fairy tales, like Old MacDonald’s Barn, Three Bears and Goldilocks. Kids will definitely enjoy the Land of Oz, which comes with a yellow brick road.

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