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Things to Do in Rapid City During the Summer

Posted by Steve Michelson on 5/12/17 12:10 PM

things to do in rapid city this summer

The warm months of summer have finally arrived!

Now is the time to kick back, soak up some sun, and travel with family and friends. But you don't have to go too far to have a good time. Read on for fun summer attractions in Rapid City for you to check out!

Top 5 Summer Activities in Rapid City

There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy this summer—even if you're on a budget. Many of our activities listed below are affordable or free of change. 

Here are our top five ideas for things to do this summer in Rapid City.

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1. Take a Drive through Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

Summer is made better with spur-of-the-moment road trips. If you're wanting to take a day trip somewhere close, the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is a perfect choice.

Located just north of Rapid City, the 19-mile road begins near Spearfish and follows the stunning Spearfish Creek brimming with waterfalls and history of Homestake Gold Mine hydroelectric plants.


Outdoor Campus West Rapid City

2. Visit the Outdoor Campus West.

Visiting the Outdoor Campus West is a fun, free activity the whole group will love. There's always something going on here—like events, classes, and other educational programs.

Don't worry about planning a formal visit. You can stop by to explore the 1.5 miles of nature trails and see the freshwater aquarium. The Outdoor Campus West is closed on state holidays, so be sure to check their hours before planning your visit! 


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3. Go to Main Street Square in Downtown Rapid City.

The Main Street Square is a popular community space located in the center of special downtown events, boutiques, and eateries. 
Day or night, this area seems to remain active and is open to the public free of change. Cool off among the fountains and stroll through the exciting area with family and friends. 
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4. Sip on Seasonal Beers at Local Breweries.

Feeling thirsty? After a spending a day doing fun, summer activities, treat yourself with a refreshing beer from one of our local breweries

Local breweries are everywhere and all take pride in serving you South Dakota beers on tap. Beers lovers won't be disappointed with the wide variety of craft brews like ciders, stouts, lagers, and more! Food is also available at places like Firehouse Brewing Co., Independent Ale House, and Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub & Grill to name a few.


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5. Explore Scenic Hiking Trails in Rapid City.

Get outside and enjoy the summer air! The Black Hills area is a hub for great hiking in South Dakota. Whether you're looking for a calm riverside stroll or an energetic walk through the woods, we have a variety of terrain and trails for all types of hikers. 

Explore nature by taking a hike along these great local trails


Shop Our Wide Selection of Rapid City Trucks and SUVs

Celebrating the season of summer with your loved ones is better with a safe, reliable vehicle to take you from one activity to the next.

If you need to pull a boat or camper, check out our used SUVs and trucks in Rapid City as well as our new Honda Odyssey, Pilot, and CR-V inventory.



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