Have a Black Hills Summer Staycation

by Merissa on May 23, 2011

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With gas prices through the roof, having a vacation this summer may not be an option. Luckily for us in Rapid City and the Black Hills area we already live in a beautiful area that is a huge tourist spot. What does that mean for us? So many things to do right here in our own backyard!

There are many different sites and places that you can find coupons for area attractions:

Black Hills/Badlands.com has lots of coupons for lodging, attractions, dining, chuckwagons, and more.

VisitRapidCity.com has coupons for the Rushmore Mall, various Black Hills attractions and more.

Find out if your employer offers a Rapid City Chamber Card. The cards have dozens and dozens of discounts for many Black Hills attractions, as much as 50% off some and even some for free tours!

Buy a Black Hills Coupon booklet, for $15 you can get a coupon booklet with coupons for various Black Hills attractions worth over $375 or for $20 you can get a Black Hills Coupon Booklet with over $2200 in coupon savings. Both booklets feature shopping, entertainment, and attractions coupons.

There is also lodging coupon booklets that you can pick up in various gas stations and travel centers in the Hills and in Rapid City.

So those are ways to make the attractions around the Black Hills cheaper but what about free things to do?

We love the Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish. Its free for all. They give free tours of the historic houses on the hatchery grounds and they have lots of educational displays to check out. Not to mention you can feed the fish!

You can bowl for free at Meadowood Lanes or Robbinsdale Lanes in Rapid City. Just sign up at the Kids Bowl Free website to get the free coupons sent to your inbox. You can also purchase a pass for your whole family to bowl for the summer for only$ 24.95.

How can we forget Storybook Island? Our beloved free park in the heart of Rapid City filled with all kinds of storybook characters. Storybook Island is open from 9 am to 8 pm everyday throughout the summer. Starting in June on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 am, Storybook Island hosts a play in the theatre.(Opens May 28th)

Free movie Mondays at the Elk's Theatre in Rapid City. This is hosted every 1st and 3rd Monday by Kick 104. All you have to do is call Kick 104 to get your name on the list for free tickets and they announce on the radio what the movie will be.

On Thursday nights throughout the summer you can check out Summer Nights on 7. There is free games for kids, free music and entertainment and more. This is located on 7th St downtown Rapid City.(Starts June 9th)

There is so many free or very inexpensive things to do around the Black Hills! Even if you don't visit an attraction and you just use your vacation walking around the boardwalk in Keystone(maybe doing the free Carrie Ingalls walking tour?) you can still get the "getaway" effect.

What are some of your favorite things to do in the Black Hills for free or cheap?

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1 Anne May 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

This won’t happen all summer, but I wanted to remind local people that the annual airshow is coming up on June 4 this year at the base.

Also near the base, the Air and Space museum is open year-round. Tours can get kind of pricy if you’re taking the whole clan, but it’s free to walk around and look at the displays.


2 Merissa May 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

Thanks for the reminder! I will put up a reminder post before the day:)


3 [email protected] May 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

Great post Merissa. I’m in NW MN so Blackhills may be somewhere we can visit during the summer without busting our budget! 😀


4 Lindsey June 15, 2011 at 5:19 am

I’m from Rapid City, but live in Indiana. When my husband and I go back to visit family, we enjoy wandering around Rapid and posing with all of the presidential statues. Dorky, but fun. The 4th of July fireworks at Mt. Rushmore are also great!


5 Merissa June 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

That’s fun! They don’t have the fireworks on the 4th of July anymore at Mt Rushmore:( We are hoping they will start up again but because of the pine tree beetles killing off the trees they have a high fire risk.


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