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Best things to do in Rapid City

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Great fairy tale park for kids. Free admission but donations are encouraged. Small charge (~$2) for train ride, bounce house, carousel.”
8 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
$$$
“Great for unique atmosphere and delicious desserts to pair with your cocktails. There is a fee involved to get in, but the views of the entire city from atop the Historic Alex Johnson Hotel are worth it!”
11 locals recommend
Cinema
“Oldest theatre in town. Shows movies a month or two after initial release for cheap. ”
8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“The one on Mountain View usually has more options but it is also is busier and might have some things out of stock by the afternoon.”
8 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Outdoor shopping center with all the essentials - Target, Gap Outlet, Ulta, TJMaxx, Ross, Scheel's, Sam's Club”
9 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This shop has a great atmosphere that is relaxed and welcoming. It offers a variety of coffee, tea, soda drinks and baked goods. ”
7 locals recommend
Café
“Great coffee shop and breakfast place just down 9th street, walkable distance of about a mile. ”
10 locals recommend
Food
“Beautifully done with many original twists throughout the decor. They host many live music events!”
8 locals recommend
Café
“Super cute and super delightful. Everything on the menu is great. And they do a special Waffle Wednesday. ”
9 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Molly’s Bookstore is a great place to find your favorite reading material. Lots of small eateries, several breweries and great people watching in Main Street Square. ”
9 locals recommend
Café
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“This is our closest Starbucks. Zero local flavor obviously, but sometimes you just want your familiar stand-by.”
1 local recommends
Park
“Perfect for morning/evening exercise on foot or bike. Choose a trail in the hills or loop it around the creek on a concrete path. An enjoyable inner-city nature-walk. ”
3 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Irish pub right next door, tons of beers on tap. They have an amazing salmon caesar salad!”
5 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The museum of Geology houses several exhibits focusing on paleontology and mineralogy. Skeleton of dinosaurs, mammals, reptiles, fossils from Badlands, South Dakota minerals and meteorites etc. It is a free entry. ”
1 local recommends
Shopping Centre
“Has many types of stores, food court, and restaurants surrounding the mall also.”
5 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“One of our favorites. Absolutely delicious Indian/Nepalese food. Very rare find and some of the best Nepalese food outside of Nepal. Restaurant is owned and operated by native Nepalese who came to Rapid to work in the healthcare industry, but started this restaurant. It's truly amazing. ”
8 locals recommend