Storybook Island, Rapid City

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Storybook Island, an outdoor children's park and playground, offers nursery rhyme- and story-themed children's entertainment and a theater. The park houses themed play areas where kids can swing like monkeys or laugh at Humpty Dumpty falling off his wall. Watch as they climb the tall tree tower, and visit Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore. Using our world travel planner, Rapid City attractions like Storybook Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We were told that there were Christmas lights during the holiday season. We decided to go during the evening and walked around looking at the displays. We also got to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus f...  more »
  • My family and I walked through Storybook Island with all of their Christmas decorations lit. Fresh snow, a little chill in the air, got us all in the spirit of Christmas. The lights that are put up th...  more »
  • Christmastime here is nothing short of magical. Lights everywhere, Christmas music playing softly, hot chocolate stands and even Santa and his reindeer. Beautiful! A lovely eau to spend a little famil...  more »
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  • Storybook is a great hit every time we go! They do a spectacular job with the Nights of Lights, their biggest fund raiser of the year. I encourage everyone to go and pay the small admittance fee, ride the train, enjoy the lights; add it to your family traditions! Summertime is awesome to, family fun that is truly affordable! We LOVE IT!!
  • Great place to bring the kids. There are a few snack shops located throughout the park. For a $2 fee you can purchase a ticket to use at the bounce house which is timed at 5 minutes of jump time ticket, the train which is a short but enjoyable ride and adults are welcome to ride also for the cost of a ticket, or a carousal. My kids did both the train and the bounce house as well as all the different spots in the regular area. Though my children are too old, I love the fact that they have an area specifically for the tots 5 and under! Brilliant! As for the tourist aspect of Storybook Island, we were excited to find a smashed penny machine but totally bummed out with the gift shop. We collect magnets of every place we go and there were none. My children also collect charms for charm bracelet and pins for walking stick and they had neither. What they did have were toys, t-shirts, and stuffed animals all geared toward the younger kids.
  • Lovely place to take child. Parents enjoy it too. The park is free but is donation based .
  • Free. It is a dated theme (walk through/some rides) park, but it's charm is it's nostalgic flavor. My kids loved it.
  • Very pretty lights...but not much else paid $12 admission for a family of 4 and $8 to ride the little train other than that just walking around in the cold looking at different lights

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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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