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Family attractions in South Dakota

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Exploring South Dakota, family style

Who knew there was so much family fun to be had in South Dakota? GeoParent did! Check out these fun attractions fit for the entire family.

1880 Train

1880 Train Tours

View South Dakota's Black Hills via the 1880 Train -- an authentic, fully functioning steam locomotive. Kids (and adults) who love trains will remember this experience forever.

Location: 222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, South Dakota 57745


Phone: 605-574-2222


Website: 1880train.com

Evans Plunge Hot Springs

South Dakota's Black Hills boast the world's largest natural warm spring swimming pool -- Evans Plunge Hot Springs. The whole family will love taking a dip or simply dipping their toes in the relaxing, bubbling waters of Evans Plunge. Revive your spirits and make a splash at Evans Plunge!


Location: 1145 N. River St., Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

Phone: 605-745-5165


Website: evansplunge.com

WaTiki Water Park

No matter the weather, the whole family can enjoy a water-ific adventure in South Dakota at WaTiki Water Park, the state's largest indoor water park. You'll find 30,000 square feet of waterpark fun, arcade games and endless food options.

Adventure seekers in your family will love the tube slides, young ones in the family can splash in the water play-land and Mom and Dad can soak in the giant hot tub or float down the lazy river. What more could you ask for?

Location: 1314 N. Elk Vale Road, Rapid City, South Dakota 57703


Phone: 605-718-2475

Website: watikiwaterpark.com

Reptile Gardens

If your kids like all things slithery (what kid doesn't?), then pack up the family for a visit to the Reptile Gardens in Rapid City. The gardens are home to the best collection of tropical plants and reptiles the world over. They house more species and subspecies of -- stand back! -- poisonous reptiles than any zoo or park in the world. A definite for any reptile loving family!

Location: 8955 S. Highway 16, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702


Phone: 605-342-5873



Website: reptilegardens.com

Bramble Park Zoo

2012 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Bramble Park Zoo, which started with a simple pheasant display. Much has changed since then as the zoo now serves as home to 800 animals over the 15-acre grounds. Don't miss the impressive array of reptiles, birds, amphibians and mammals at this gorgeous zoo.

Location: 800 10th St. NW, Watertown, South Dakota 57201


Phone: 605-882-6269

Website: brambleparkzoo.com

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