Best things to do in Rapid City

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Murphy's Pub and Grill
510 9th Street
27local recommendations
Aaron
Aaron says “With an INCREDIBLE menu (the best jalapeno pub pickles in the area) and an unbelievable staff, you w...” ·
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2. Independent Ale House
625 West Saint Joseph Street
25local recommendations
Preston & Amber
Preston & Amber says “Hands down one of the best places to eat in Rapid. A wide selection of craft beers and original flat...” ·
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3. Tally's Silver Spoon
530 6th Street
26local recommendations
Tessa
Tessa says “Tally's has some of the best breakfast, yet some of the most unique and flavorful dinners we have ev...” ·
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4. Main Street Square
512 Main Street
18local recommendations
Jim
Jim says “Playful Water Fountain, local eats, granite sculptures, toy store, ice cream and coffee shops and b...” ·
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5. Prairie Edge Trading Co & Galleries
606 Main Street
17local recommendations
Kelly
Kelly says “If you are looking for South Dakota products head downtown. The Shoppes at Main Street Square also h...” ·
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6. Delmonico Grill
609 West Main Street
15local recommendations
Valerie
Valerie says “The food (Dolphin Street Steak is the one steak I would gladly eat over and over again - and the wed...” ·
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7. Firehouse Brewing Company
610 Main Street
16local recommendations
Carol & Rick
Carol & Rick says “Also Firehouse WineCellars - next door. American Food, casual, outdoor heated dining when appropriat...” ·
8. Dinosaur Park
940 Skyline Drive
12local recommendations
Terry
Terry says “You will not fail to notice the dinosaur on the hill in the middle of the city. Stop here to get a c...” ·
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9. Colonial House Restaurant and Bar
2315 Mount Rushmore Road
11local recommendations
Marty
Marty says “This is our local spin on Perkin's/IHOP (we also have Perkins and IHOP, but Colonial House is the be...” ·
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10. Safeway
2120 Mount Rushmore Road
13local recommendations
Ryan
Ryan says “Best all around grocery store has the best produce and bakery. Also has a pharmacy and a Starbucks.” ·
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11. (kol)
504 Mt Rushmore Rd
12local recommendations
Kelly
Kelly says “Downtown. After serving dinner, kol becomes a dance or drinks place. Also has the coolest game place...” ·
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12. Safeway
730 Mountain View Road
8local recommendations
Valerie
Valerie says “This is the biggest and best grocery store in town. Go here for hard to find items. The other Safewa...” ·
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13. Essence Of Coffee
908 Main St
9local recommendations
Tessa
Tessa says “Quaint and cozy Australian Roasting company. We love their pastries, their breakfast and especially ...” ·
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14. The Journey Museum and Learning Center
222 New York St
12local recommendations
Preston & Amber
Preston & Amber says “Delve into the history of the Native peoples of the Black Hills, seeing their hardships and struggle...” ·
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15. Que Pasa
502 Main Street
10local recommendations
Michael
Michael says “Very good Mexican food! They have great margaritas and they are half-price during happy hour. Wedn...” ·
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16. Downtown Rapid City
512 Main St
8local recommendations
Brett
Brett says “The centralized hub of Rapid City culture, this is a great starting point for a casual afternoon or ...” ·
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17. Rushmore Crossing
1225 Eglin Street
7local recommendations
Carol & Rick
Carol & Rick says “This shopping center has most stores you might need, Target, clothing, sporting goods etc. It is als...” ·
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18. Botticelli
523 Main Street
10local recommendations
Rick
Rick says “Awesome food and cozy atmosphere. About 1.5 blocks on the same street. Right across the street fro...” ·
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19. Elks Theatre
512 6th St
8local recommendations
Kristina
Kristina says “Rainy day cramping your hiking plans? Take a walk downtown and go see a movie at this beautiful hist...” ·
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20. Vertex Sky Bar
523 6th St
7local recommendations
Valerie
Valerie says “Sits on top of the Alex Johnson Hotel. Best views of the city. Last time I was there, you had to be...” ·
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21. Harriet & Oak
329 Main St
7local recommendations
Valerie
Valerie says “The atmosphere is great. Located in an old brick building with an iconic aqua VW bus inside. The foo...” ·
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22. Lost Cabin Beer Co.
1401 W Omaha St
10local recommendations
Tim And Becca
Tim And Becca says “Being from Oregon we love our beer. Lost Cabin does it right. There is not a beer on the menu we hav...” ·
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23. Kathmandu Bistro
727 Main St
7local recommendations
Preston & Amber
Preston & Amber says “If you're feeling Indian food, this is the place to go! A fine selection of eastern dishes, I really...” ·
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24. Black Hills Bagels
913 Mount Rushmore Road
7local recommendations
Marty
Marty says “This locally owned bagel shop has comfy seating and local Dark Canyon coffee. (I personally prefer t...” ·
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25. Pure Bean Coffeehouse
201 Main St
7local recommendations
Karen & Eric
Karen & Eric says “It's a great feeling coffee shop with many interesting and well thought out coffee drinks available....” ·
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26. Hay Camp Brewing Company
601 Kansas City Street
6local recommendations
Travis
Travis says “Great local Microbrewery with a rotating selection of craft beers. Make sure to check their hours...” ·
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27. Art Alley
599 7th Street
6local recommendations
Preston & Amber
Preston & Amber says “A cacophony of street art, Art Alley is exactly what it sounds like. Running along the alley between...” ·
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28. Dahl Arts Center
713 7th Street
7local recommendations
Marty
Marty says “Free admission, local artists, frequent events. They also have an "Art Start" studio, which is a GRE...” ·
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29. Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub & Grill
523 6th Street
6local recommendations
Nick
Nick says “Super convenient being located in Hotel Alex Johnson next door, have a great happy hour and awesome ...” ·
30. Blaze Pizza
1325 Eglin Street
6local recommendations
Valerie
Valerie says “While this isn't local, it is literally the best pizza we've ever had - and this comes from people w...” ·