Rapid City Hidden Gems That Will Blow Your Mind
I love telling people about my home, Rapid City, but I also like to engage in a few other passions during my free time. While writing these blogs and telling you why Rapid City should be on your bucket list is one of my favorite things to do, I also want to share a few activities that make Rapid City that much better. Here is a list of all the things you should add to your Rapid City getaway.
Trails in Rapid City
I am one of those weirdos who actually enjoys running, not just any running, trail running. Luckily, Rapid City has two developed trail systems right in town. My favorite place to spend my evenings is running down the Wild Turkey Trail at Hanson Larson Memorial Park or looping my way through Skyline Wilderness Area with my Blue Heeler Elsie. These beautifully developed miles of single track allow you to get in touch with nature without leaving city limits. BONUS: Skyline Wilderness Area is located right by Dinosaur Park so you can mark a Rapid City landmark off your list while you’re exploring.
Things are always happening
Finding things to do in Rapid City is easier than in other cities because there are so many seasonal events. For instance, in the summer every Thursday night you can catch two concerts just a few blocks away from each other. During the rest of the year there are some pretty significant events and activities as well such as Beirborse in the fall or, my winter favorite, The Parade of Lights. Several bars have trivia nights, but my personal favorite is Name That Tune bingo at Thirsty’s on Tuesday nights. It’s free to play and you can win some fabulous prizes, plus the food is pretty delicious.
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An incredible food truck selection.
As I mentioned before, I love running, which means I also love eating! Another Tuesday night gem is food truck night at Sioux Park. I found this gem by accident one Tuesday evening after I finished a work out at the park's track. For athletes looking for a way to get a quick run in without having to use your hotel’s treadmill, this track is wonderful and when the food trucks are there you get a little reward for a job well done. It’s also perfect for anyone with kids! The park has a great playground and you can get your little ones a bite to eat without interrupting playtime.
Beer…do I need to say more?
I don’t drink a lot, who needs those added calories right? But I do love sitting down at one of Rapid City’s local breweries to knock back a cold one. There are three breweries located here in Rapid; I don’t want to play favorites, so I’ll tell you my favorite thing about each of them.
Firehouse Brewing Co. is the oldest brewery in South Dakota. It opened in 1992 in the original fire station which is on the historical registry. It’s a really neat building and I love grabbing a flight and eating a few pieces of the famous beer bread.
Hay Camp Brewing Company is Rapid City’s first small batch brewery. They recently moved to a bigger facility and feature live music, a coffee shop, and of course some pretty amazing IPA’s
Lost Cabin Beer Co., Rapid City’s newest brewery, is one of my favorite hang outs because its dog-friendly. My little beagle Honey and I love spending time at Lost Cabin because of their Honey Lager and the beautiful art they have on display.
Rapid City is like the ultimate geocache; there are hidden gems everywhere. Don’t pass up your opportunity to experience them all. Click on the links below to stay up to date on everything Rapid City.
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