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  • Everything Prehistoric
    One of the largest, most complete T. rex skeletons ever found crouches inside the museum at Black Hills Institute. Frozen in time, he seems to bare his fossilized teeth at awe-struck crowds or to grin at his favorite museum attendants. This hulking beast, known as STAN, might be the star of the show, but he's not the only reason to visit: elsewhere in the museum, the institute's paleontologists have positioned the remains of outlandish sea creatures, long-tailed land-dwellers, and fossilized minerals. From the Press: The marriage of history and pseudo-science-fiction on display at Museum at Black Hills Institute has earned the number-two spot on Midwest Living's list of Top 10 Things to Do with Your Kid in the Black Hills. Fun Fact: STAN hasn't always stood within the Museum at Black Hills Institute; in 1995, he headlined The T. rex World Exposition in Tokyo and then spent a year touring major Japanese cities. Don't Miss: In addition to the museum's dinosaur fossils and replicas, visitors can find prehistoric shark teeth, fish, bugs, and leaves. Prehistoric Souvenirs: Visitors can stop by the museum's gift shop to buy prehistoric-themed books, toys, housewares, and jewelry for friends, family members, or coworkers who might also be cavemen.
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    117 Main St
    Hill City, SD US
  • Naked Winery
    Cuisine Type: Winery and brewery with kitchen Established: 2005 Reservations: Optional Number of Tables: 11?25 Parking: Parking lot Most popular offering: Wine and beer tastings Kid-friendly: Yes Alcohol: Beer and wine only Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only Q&A with Kim Livingston, Owner What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer? We always get how much fun it is, [with people saying]: "This place is great," [and] "I never had so much fun doing a wine tasting." Has your business won any awards? We have won many awards for the wine and beer. In your own words, how would you describe your menu? [It's] limited, but what we do is good. Nothing [is] fried; [it's] all done in stone ovens [and] all ingredients are fresh. Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? We make sure that customers have a fun experience. We take photos of them holding all kinds of signs. We also take care of kids with ice cream tastings.
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    23851 U.S. 385
    Hill City, SD US
  • Run or Dye
    Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color?which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by. Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
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    800 San Francisco St.
    Rapid City, SD US
  • Old MacDonald's Farm
    Just like the song, Old MacDonald's Farm nurtures over 100 friendly farm animals. Families flock to the farm to get up close and personal with cows and pigs, horses and chickens, rabbits and goats. And while they can give many of them a few loving strokes under the chin, kids can turn their newfound friendship into a learning experience. In the nursery, they can feed calves and lambs by bottle; elsewhere, they'll get a chance to snuggle with a baby rabbit or fluffy chick. Gentle ponies take guests on an easy ride around the track, while kids board a tractor-pulled train to get a tour of the farm. They can even catch the farm's famous pig races for a little extra excitement without the danger of letting coyotes into the zoo just to "see what would happen."
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    23691 Busted Five Ct
    Rapid City, SD US
  • Holy Terror Mini Golf
    Named after the last active gold mine in Keystone, Holy Terror Mini Golf leads players 50 feet up a steep, pine tree-dotted hillside and back down again. A gold-mining theme weaves a common thread from the first hole to the last, challenging players to putt their way past gold-speckled boulders, down through a mine slew, and around a waterwheel and a gurgling stream. Along the way, golfers encounter three kinds of artificial turf designed to simulate fairways, sand traps, and rough, all of which adds to the realism of the 18-hole course. Holy Terror is also outfitted with plenty of lighting, meaning rounds can unfold at night or if the sun's six billion bulbs ever burn out at once.
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    609 Hwy 16A
    Keystone, SD US
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
    Your next meal awaits at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer. Parents, bring your kids along to Crazy Horse Memorial, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Crazy Horse Memorial diners who prefer their meals al fresco. The parking options near Crazy Horse Memorial are quick and painless.
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    12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
    Custer, SD US

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