Rapid City - Reptile Gardens, Bear Country USA, Watiki Water Park, Outdoor Campus West
We had an amazing time today in Rapid City, South Dakota. Thanks again to Visit Rapid City for sponsoring our trip so we can feature many of the great things that this area has to offer.
Today we started the day off by going to the amazing Reptile Gardens. This place holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest Reptile Collection. It was really impressive....and I don't even like snakes!
Next, we were off to Bear Country USA. This was a drive through park where the bears and other animals could walk right up to your car. This was so fun....the bears have such unique personalities. There is also another section where you can get out and see the bear cubs....we really didn't want to leave.
Next stop was the Outdoor Campus West. This is a free park/museum/educational facility that Rapid City offers its residents and visitors. It was very impressive in many ways and we just wish we were able to spend the whole day there.
We also went to the WaTiki Indoor Water Park resort for some giant water slides and fun in the pools. This was an indoor water park that was attached to a couple of different resorts. Again, we would have loved to spend the full day here, but we had to move on so we could get the rest of our activities in.
We ended the day by heading to Downtown Rapid City. They had a full blown street fair along with a Beatles Tribute Band. We love the Beatles (and street fairs) so this was an amazing combination for us. We even had a chance to stop in the Prairie Edge Trading Company, which is a very unique store selling items specific to this area. So fascinating!
Not to be forgotten is our last stop where we had a great Mexican dinner just a block from the town square.
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