Make sure to put time aside to visit little Hot Springs South Dakota while you are here!
This is such a cool little town loaded with activities to see and do, I think you will be surprised at all there is to see and do here!
This town was founded in the late 1800's by early Pioneer Settlers. Prior to them moving in, this area was a source of tension and frequent battles between the Cheyenne and Sioux Tribes, who fought to have control over the "healing" warm waters.
The early Pioneers quickly got the idea to turn the warm healing waters into a popular destination for the wealthy as a spa/health resort.
Cattle Ranching also helped to shape and form this early town. With miles of flat land and tall grass in the surrounding areas, it was a perfect opportunity to raise them.
You will feel as though you have literally stepped back in time when you visit the Wild Horse Sanctuary. The real wild West.
I am not sure where else in the World that you can visit an active Archeological dig site. But I do know you can see one here!
Many, many years ago there was this tar pit...and these poor critters got stuck in it. Now they are being dug up. No one ones how many they will find, but to date? They've got a count of 60 Mammoths!
This is the World's largest Mammoth research facility, and an active Paleontological dig. They have hands on exhibits, a baby mammoth replicas and kids excavation programs.
No doubt you will want to put this on the list while you are here of things to see. Especially if you have kids! We love sneaking in learning stuff in the disguise of "fun", don't you?
Wind Cave is located just 6 miles North from Hot Springs South Dakota. If you are into caves, or have never BEEN to a cave, well...you need to see this! Wind Cave is one of the LONGEST caves in the world!
We love both Wind Cave and Jewel Cave. Where else can you explore the bowels of the earth (safely on a guided tour that is)?
Wind Cave offers up some of the best boxwork formations known to caves. It is open year round, and they offer several different cave tours. You decide which is best for you, based on abilities, or bravery! They have simple 1 hr tours which take you thru the elevator to the main cavernous large room for a educational tour that stays right there. They also offer more strenuous tours, even crazy ones like the Candlelight tour and the 4 hr wild caving tour. No matter which you choose you will be happy you saw the cave. Oh, and even if it is 100 degrees topside? Bring a light jacket with you on the tour. It is a a little chilly down there!
There is a lot to see and do around Wind Cave, including some of the BEST opportunities in our area to see elk. Ask any of the staff or Rangers at any time where the herd was seen last to maximize your chances of seeing them. Have fun!
If you like to swim, or if you are traveling with kids, you should put this on the to-do list while you are in Hot Springs South Dakota. Great way to end the perfect day!
This is the whole area's oldest attraction, being established in 1890. Evans Plunge is more then just a swimming pool. It is a all natural, spring fed, no artificial anything, swimming pool! How cool is that??!!
The Hot Springs water temperatures are 87 degrees, and one big spring and several small springs feed this pool, pumping in an astonishing 5k gallons a minute! All natural warm mineral water..that's it! No chlorine (I seriously dig that part!) and no need for heaters. The water is crystal clear, there are natural rocks on the bottom. For the fun part they have 3 great slides, tarzan rings a kiddie pool and inertubes. A lifegaurd is always on duty too.
It is open from April to Oct. 1st. and your pass it good for the whole day, so make the kids super happy and start and end your day here!
In Rapid City the hot water place to cool off is Watiki.
If you are into golf (I don't play) you will think I am plum CRAZY for not putting the golf course on the top of the list! Sorry! It is not because it isn't worth, I just don't "get" golf, and the top 4 are just so fantastic, I had to choose, so that's the way it "played" out.
They say some of the best things in life are free. When it comes to traveling, I for sure agree with that! There are plenty of places to spend your money on when you visit the Black Hills, but there are also some wonderful, free, money couldn't buy it anyways type of places. Here are a few found in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
What was YOUR favorite "to-do" in this town?
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The Wild horse Sanctuary
Our 9 Yr old Daughter and us LOVED this place! We took the 2hr bus tour and loved our guide and everything we learned. Very educational. We stopped at …
Trout Haven & Cold Brooke Reservoir.... Not rated yet
Took kids to Trout Haven for their first fishing experience. Had a blast!! Clean Spring Fed water with running stream water!! Staff was SO friendly! …
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