Experience The Black Hills

7 Family-Friendly Attractions for a Chilly Fall Day

If you and your crew are looking for great ways to spend a fall day during your stay in the Black Hills, but the air is a bit brisker than you’d hoped, we have just the solution for you! Seven, in fact! Read on for our choices for the best places in Rapid City to spend a cold autumn afternoon.

Outdoor Campus-West


Although the name may cause you to envision an afternoon spent braving the elements, the Outdoor Campus-West offers tons of fun within its walls. Free classes are offered to all ages on such outdoor skills such as hunting, fishing and snowshoe hiking, with all equipment provided. A walk through their indoor display of native South Dakota wildlife is a must for a firsthand look at the area’s ecosystem. If you happen to stop by during a warm fall day, try out their Archery Park, which just opened this year. For more details about the Outdoor Campus-West, click here.

Flags and Wheels

From zooming around the track in an extreme race cart to trying your luck in the arcade, Flags and Wheels features so many family-friendly activities that you won’t know where to start! In addition to the 27,000 square foot track that is used for go-cart racing, there are bumper cars, laser tag, paintball that uses mess-free balls, batting cages for practicing your swing, and, of course, the video game arcade. Click here for more information on this indoor amusement park.

Jump Craze

Bounce, spring and leap the wintry day away at Jump Craze, the area’s indoor trampoline park boasting plenty of area to hop and practice flips, foam pits perfect for jumping into, a kids area and much more! The facility can also be rented for birthday parties or other events. Learn more about Jump Craze on their website and plan your visit.

Golden Ticket Cinemas

Rapid City’s newly opened luxury theater delivers a truly regal movie experience for your family! Lounge on reclining seats and indulge in a full concessions menu that allows you to have dinner and a movie, all in one place. There are some big movie releases coming that are perfect for taking the little ones (*ahem* Frozen II), so turn your blustery afternoon into a family movie date! Go to the Golden Ticket Cinemas website for show times and to purchase tickets.

Museum of Geology

Located on the South Dakota School of Mines campus, the Museum of Geology is open to the public and free to tour (with donations being graciously accepted). All ages will be in awe of the museum’s collection of mounted skeletons of dinosaurs, fish, mammals and reptiles, fossils and minerals. There’s even a Kid’s Zone that offers a hands-on experience for young visitors! Be sure to stop into their gift shop and browse the many unique toys, books, models, rocks and more that you can take home to remember your day. Click here to learn more about the Museum of Geology and plan your visit.

Canvas 2 Paint

If gloomy days bring out the artist in you, then Canvas 2 Paint is the place to be! Follow along with an instructor while you create a masterpiece which you can take home to look back on for years to come. Have kids along? Give them a smock and encourage them to let their inner artist out! Got a babysitter and looking for a great time for the grown-ups? Canvas 2 Paint offers adult beverages such as wine and beer to sip on while you paint. Head to canvas2paint.com to view their class times and register for a painting session.  

Pistachio Pie Bakery

What could be better than delicious baked goods on a gloomy autumn day?! Pistachio Pie Bakery features mouth-watering homemade pies in a variety of flavors, including cherry, pecan and pumpkin, as well as decadent cheesecakes, macarons and cookies. Want a small treat? Indulge in their pie bites! On the go? They have hand pies that help reduce messes! Whatever the occasion, you’re sure to find a delectable bite that will warm you up on a chilly day. View their menu and monthly specials on their website.

There are plenty of Black Hills attractions that allow you to escape the frigid fall air while still giving you the opportunity to partake in entertainment for the whole family. Make some room for a fall adventure during your stay at Comfort Suites!