Are you planning your first trip to the Black Hills with your family? Well, we have some hotspots you won’t want to miss. Since Keystone, South Dakota is centrally located, it makes traveling with your family or young children a breeze.
Historic Keystone Walking Tour
First, we suggest taking an exciting historic walking tour through Keystone, which will help get your heart pumping and allow you to explore our remarkable town. You’ll be guided through points of interest such as the Big Thunder Gold Mine, the Log House School, and homes that have been around since the mining days. Be sure to pick up your free Historic Keystone Walking Tour Map at the Keystone Visitor Information Center.
After a refreshing walk, head out for a scenic drive through the Black Hills.
- Start on US-16A W, also known as Iron Mountain Road, which offers awe-inspiring views of granite spires and towering pines. Make sure to make a stop at The National Presidential Wax Museum, where the whole family will be mesmerized by the life-size wax figures depicting important figures in U.S. history, including each of the nation’s 45 presidents. The museum provides a fun, easy way to sneak some learning into your family vacation.
- Next, continue west on Iron Mountain Road and travel through the area’s famed rock tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The route will even take you through Custer State Park, which requires no entrance fee if you’re just passing through during your excursion. Your children will love getting to see wildlife throughout the park, such as coyotes, buffalo, elk, and the other creatures that call the Black Hills home.
- From US-16A West, you can access US-40 and Playhouse Road, which will lead you back north to Keystone.
Dining at BaRLee’s
By the time you make it back into town, your family’s stomachs are bound to be grumbling. Keystone offers a variety of family-friendly restaurants, ensuring each person finds something to please their palate. One of our favorite spots, BaRLee’s, features a great kids menu and delicious handmade food. Here, your children can dig into favorites like creamy macaroni and cheese while you enjoy an ice-cold beer from the full bar and outdoor patio seating.
BaRLee’sTHE PLACE FOR AMAZING FOOD & BEVERAGES
Cosmos Mystery Area
After dinner take a trip to one of the craziest, most fun places in the Black Hills – Cosmos Mystery Area. A short nine minute drive on US-16A East, this unique South Dakota attraction combines science and wholesome fun. Walk on the walls of old cabins, shrink or grow in height, and even excavate and crack open your own geode! The fun here is endless and kids will make memories they will be talking about for years to come.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Finally, it is time for a trip to one of the most iconic monuments in America, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. View the sun setting behind the four faces from the viewing terrace. Be sure to be there by 9:00 PM for the lighting ceremony.
Mount Rushmore National MemorialAmerican History, Alive in Stone
Junior Ranger Tour
The Black Hills is home to a higher-than-average number of national parks, monuments, and historic sites. That makes Keystone the perfect place to help the Junior Ranger in your family work on their badge collection! This itinerary will take more than one day, but the variety of locations and learning opportunities in our area are unmatched.
Art Lover’s Sojourn
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in art while on vacation, Keystone is the perfect place. The Black Hills have been an inspiration to artists of all crafts and specialties for hundreds of years, and today we have several establishments in town that continue the tradition.
History Buff Haven
There’s no denying that Keystone’s history is varied and captivating. While Mount Rushmore is the biggest game in town — literally — we have more to offer here in town that will keep your vacation packed with amazing new discoveries. This itinerary can be done in one fairly jam-packed day, or spread out over 2 or 3 days for a more leisurely pace.
Thrill-Seeker’s Guide to Keystone
Thrill-seeking is as Keystone as it gets. We were founded by prospectors and miners who braved dangerous mine shafts in search of untold riches. Our town was revived by men and women who were bold enough to blast Mount Rushmore into being. Today, you and your family can find fun and thrills around every corner!
Scratch That Off Your Bucket List
Live on the wild side during your stay in the monumental and epic Black Hills of South Dakota! Keystone is home to a variety of adventures that will let you cross some exciting expeditions off of your bucket list.
Family Fun for Everyone
Whether you're traveling with toddlers or teenagers, you won't have to worry about hearing "I'm bored" while the entire family is having a blast experiencing all that the Black Hills has to offer.
Exploration Guru’s Guide
Keystone, South Dakota is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers who are always on the lookout for their next adventure. Enjoy a day filled with twists and turns with this exciting itinerary!