Experience The Black Hills

Beat the heat during your stay with these five fun summer activities that you can take part in right here in the Black Hills!

The 5 Best Ways to Cool Down on a Hot Day in the Black Hills

Many may know about western South Dakota being notorious for sub-zero temperatures and blizzards during the winter, but some may not expect the 90°F and over days that are common throughout the region in the summer. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, inexpensive ways to keep cool during your stay in Rapid City, and we’re here to let you in on some of the best options, many located only minutes from Comfort Suites. 

Spend a Sunny Afternoon in Main Street Square

Main Street Square is the perfect summer destination to slow down and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine surrounded by the eclectic shopping, dining and entertainment that downtown Rapid City has to offer. During the summer months from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Square features interactive water fountains that allow kids and adults alike a chance for refreshment, and they also light up at night, giving visitors a fun view of the area. Want to kick your summer enjoyment up a notch? Stop into Silver Lining Creamery, one of the Shops at Main Street Square. Dishing up bold, unique flavors such as sage, birch beer and lemongrass alongside classics like cookies & cream, butter pecan and chocolate, the local favorite only serves the freshest ingredients and creates each 2.5 gallon batch by hand. No matter your age, delicious ice cream and a run through the fountain is sure to bring out the kid in you!

Take a Dip at One of Rapid City’s Local Pools

With five swimming facilities located throughout Rapid City, you don’t have to travel far to find relief from the heat and fun for the whole family. There are four outdoor pools and one indoor swim center comprising the Rapid City Aquatics Division, with lifeguards, swim instructors, group fitness instructors, concessions and other amenities provided at each location. Click here for more information on what is offered at each swimming pool, as well as operation hours and contact information. 

Beat the Heat and Indulge in Retail Therapy at Rushmore Mall

If you can’t stand the heat, get into the air conditioning! Rushmore Mall in Rapid City offers department stores, specialty shops, a gym, a video game arcade and more to give you plenty to do while you cool off, or simply take a stroll through the large facility and get your daily steps in without the sweat. There’s a food court on site, as well as restaurants located adjacent to the mall, giving you plenty of delicious dining options during your excursion.

Enjoy Fun in the Sun at a Black Hills Lake

The Black Hills hold many fantastic opportunities for outdoor recreation, including sparkling lakes with swim beaches that are perfect for escaping the high summer temps. Pactola and Sheridan Lakes are a short drive from Rapid City, 37 and 41 minutes respectively, and not only offer swimming, but also other outdoor fun such as boating, water skiing, scuba diving and more. Sheridan Lake Marina even offers rentals of wave runners, boats, canoes, paddleboats and more, giving you plenty of chances for excitement during a hot summer day. 

Discover Local Artists at the Dahl Arts Center

Connect with your inner artist with a trip to the Dahl Arts Center, located in downtown Rapid City. The Dahl features contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts, with admission to browse their constantly rotating exhibits being free, although donations are welcomed and go right back toward funding the arts center. The works of regional artists are highlighted at the Dahl, allowing you a unique look inside Black Hills culture. Visit their website to learn more about current exhibits, as well as information for your visit.  

After spending the day taking part in fun summer activities in the Black Hills, return to all of the comforts of home in your air-conditioned room here at the Comfort Suites in Rapid City!