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Dinosaur Park, Rapid City

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Showcasing seven lifesize dinosaurs overlooking the city, Dinosaur Park has been catching eyes since 1936. Initially gray, these iron and concrete giants were colored bright green and white in the 1950s. Most of them are meant to reflect fossils found in the area. See the models of Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Anatotitan, Protoceratops, and a nondinosaur Dimetrodon--an ancestor of dinosaurs. These all look somewhat goofy by today's standards, and are sometimes described as being from the Flintstones' world. Take in the 160 km (100 mi) view of the surrounding area from this overlook above the town. Arrange to visit Dinosaur Park and other attractions in Rapid City using our Rapid City trip site .
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  • October 2, 2017
    This park is on the National Historic Places. The dinosaurs are beginning to look their age but you cannot beat the views of Rapid City and the surrounding area. There are some steeps stairs so keep a...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    If you have kids and some extra time you could visit here. It’s free and you get some great views of the city. Kind of an oddity attraction.  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    I read about this in a travel book so we had to stop. It is just right outside of downtown Rapid City, & the views are spectacular because it is on Skyline Drive. It was built in the 30s as part of th...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    My favorite Rapid City Trolley stop. We can easily spend the full hour in the gift shop. The ice cream and snacks here are decently priced. To get to the actual top of Dinosaur Park there is quite a number of steps and is good for health conscious people to climb even if it's just for the exercise. Once you're up there you get an incredible view of Rapid City. A lot of kids enjoy climbing on the dinosaurs. This is a great FREE attraction for families.
  • June 10, 2017
    We were on a family road trip cross country and decided to stop here after Mount Rushmore to stretch our legs and let our toddler run around for a bit. She's at the age where she loves dinosaurs and she certainly enjoyed seeing and climbing on these huge statues! Also a good view of the city. There are a lot of stairs as people have mentioned and the dinosaurs are old school with chipped paint on some. The car ride to the top took a lot longer and was more winding than expected. However, we had fun and think it was worth it!
  • June 16, 2017
    Awesome experience but be prepared to walk up a lot of steps to get to the top. It's dinosaurs plain and simple. There is no swings, ect but the kids love the dinosaurs! The gift shop is amazing with clean bathrooms, appropriately prices souvenirs and great I expensive food and ice cream!
  • July 5, 2017
    Very fun park! Had a great hike up and down the hill with great views. The little one enjoyed running on the dinosaurs to!
  • July 5, 2017
    It was a fun stopover on our way through SD. It didn't cost anything to go see the dinosaurs and take pictures with them. They had great deals on hotdogs and other food at the gift shop as well as good souvenirs.

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Where to stay in Rapid City

In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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