Family Fun in the Black Hills | Black Hills Attractions

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The Black Hills are known for famous attractions like Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Wind Cave National Park, but the Black Hills are also home to many other exciting attractions that are sure to make any Black Hills vacation more enjoyable.  A few of our favorite Black Hills attractions happen to be very close by and some are located just down the road in Keystone, SD.

Big Thunder Gold Mine

Big Thunder Goldmine offers the most complete mining experience in the Black Hills. Pan for gold on-site at the mine and then take a guided tour through the original Big Thunder mine. After the tour explore the largest collection of mining equipment in the Black Hills in the Mining Museum, a replica of the original Big Thunder Tykoon Gold Mill. The Big Thunder Gold Mine is one Black Hills attraction that you don’t want to miss!

Rushmore Cave

Rushmore Cave is another Black Hills attraction located just down the road in Keystone. Rushmore Cave offers cave tours, expedition adventure tours, the exhilarating Eagle Zip line, a 7-D interactive ride, and gemstone mining. The guided cave tours allow you to see below the surface and experience what Professor Walter Jenny found in the mid-1870s.

Black Hills 1880 Train

The 1880 Train is a great way to spend the day in the Black Hills. The 1880 Train will take you on a breathtaking journey through some of the original mining routes of the Black Hills. Enjoy the pristine scenery of the Black Hills while an experienced tour guide shares information about the history of the train and this region. The 1880 Train runs between Keystone and Hill City with depots at each location. Whether you choose a one-way trip or the roundtrip adventure, the 1880 Train is a Black Hills family attraction worth visiting.

Rushmore Tramway Adventures

Get ready for an adventure filled afternoon! Rushmore Tramway Adventures is located in Keystone on the way to Mount Rushmore and features some of the most thrilling attractions in the Black Hills. Experience the rush of the downhill Alpine Slide, Zipline through the forest, or experience the challenge and excitement of the aerial adventure park. A day at Rushmore Tramway Adventures is sure to provide a fun-filled day for the entire family.

Cosmos Mystery Area

Have you ever seen a ball roll uphill? At this Black Hills attraction near Keystone, nothing is Impossible, including sitting on a wall! Cosmos Mystery Area is an exciting, fun adventure for all ages. Unexplainable events happen that keep your mind thinking, how could that be possible? Cosmos Mystery Area is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

If you are thinking about a trip to Black Hills, book your next stay with us at the Powder House Lodge and Restaurant. We are conveniently located near Mount Rushmore and many other family-friendly Black Hills attractions. If you would like more information about our accommodations, please give us a call at 1-800-321-0692 or visit us online at

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