There are tons of things to do near Mt Rushmore for kids and families. See what we did on a road trip there and what we’re planning to do when we return.
We added one more long trip to our road trip blog this week! We spent 8 days in our van traveling from Idaho to Montana, to Wyoming, on to South Dakota and then back home. It was the best road trip we’ve ever taken for sure! We had no idea there were so many things to do near Mt Rushmore or we would’ve stayed longer but will need to just make another trip out there in a few years.
If you follow The Typical Mom Facebook page and/or blog here you know we love road tripping as a family.
It has been such a great thing for us and I encourage everyone to do the same with your kids. Start on a shorter one and grow from there. We are up to 15 hrs in the car at a time, but 8 is a typical drive and now my girls think that is no big deal because we have it down pat so everyone is comfortable.
This is the first thing we found when we were staying in Rapid City at an Airbnb. (you must do this as a family – get $40 off your stay here -it is much better than cramming everyone in a hotel room)
Here’s a peek at our trip to the monument
Black Hills Caverns is the first of many things to do near Mt Rushmore we will share with you so you can have fun there too!
- Black Hills Caverns is a smaller cave near Mount Rushmore that is a bit less expensive than Jewel Cave or the Wind Cave and you don’t have to make reservations to go down below. We drove all the way to Jewel Cave and found out that you have to have a reservation at least 72 hrs. in advance so we headed here. We like to not have commitments when we go on a family vacation so I hadn’t made reservations anywhere.
There was just our family and one another which was nice so we could go at the pace we wanted and really see everything up close. We did the full tour which took about an hour and went up and down stairs and crevices several football fields below the surface.
I have three girls and they all found it rather interesting as the guide pointed out different rocks, why they look the way they do, old passageways that had collapsed over the years, and what they used it for back in the day.
I suggest going into one of the many caves in South Dakota as there are quite a few but if you are like us and want to make your own schedule the Black Hills caves are probably the easiest to get admission into.
Yellowstone National Park is not too far if you’re looking for added adventures, make sure you grab your free admission to National Parks pass before you get there. Now if you are looking for other things to do near Mt Rushmore here are just a few Black Hills tourist attractions we were interested in but didn’t make it to since we spent a lot of time inside the park itself.
- Reptile Gardens was on our list but didn’t make it, even the park ranger said it was worth it.
- Zip lining at Rushmore Caves is always fun, we’ve done it near Zion National Park Utah and it is fun.
- Bear Country in the Black Hills is fun to drive thru a bunch of wild bears, we did this in AZ and it was really great.
- Go Geocaching near Mount Rushmore for some added fun on your trip.
- Dinosaur park is totally free and kinda’ fun for kids.
- Rushmore Mountain adventure park has rides, ropes courses, zip lining and more.
- Black Hills tours
Now inside the park there are tons of things to do such as……..
Activities inside Mount Rushmore Memorial park
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