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Evans Plunge

1145 N River St, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747 USA

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“here since 1890”

Try our waterslides or relax in our gigantic pool filled with rejuvenating naturally warm mineral water (87 degrees F). This sparkling spring water flows from an enormous thermal spring at a rate of 5000 gallons a minute. The theraputic "healing" water has soothed visitors for over one hundred years.

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Nancy Sewell

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March 13, 2016

Ages 16 and up: $14

Ages 16 and up includes health club access to hot tubs, sauna, and steam room)

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June 19, 2014

This place has an old school vibe. This isn't one of those modern day indoor water parks with tons of crazy slides and a bunch of gimmicks. If I had to tell you what to expect; think of an old box of photos or slides from maybe the late 50s or early 60s, that's who you could imagine being here, (That's not a knock on it, I liked it) 1 huge indoor pool roped off into sections (with river stones on the bottom) 1 outdoor pool that is less crowded and deeper, and a couple of hot tubs and saunas (which cost extra) The tallest slide is outside and super fast. I saw people bitching on various reviews that it wasn't really hot enough to be a hot spring or thermal pool, or really therapeutic, and yeah if you want hot, you'll have to get in the hot tub, but it was warm enough to be really enjoyable even though it was in the upper 60s outside. Definitely worth a visit on a Black Hills road trip.

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October 19, 2021
Rated 4.0

This is a very simple pool with a couple of extras. If it was 4 to 5 degrees warmer, it would have been perfect! But 87 is great if you are actively playing, trying the rings, basketball, laps, or the watersides. The rings felt a bit dangerous since the water isn’t deep below them! When I fell, I landed on the rocks with my feet (ouch!). The outside pool and waterside were closed October 2021, but the Jet Slide was terrifying enough! The other side was meandering enough for little kids. They also have life jackets you can use.

There are height restrictions for the rings (60”) and both slides (48” maybe?). If you are shorter than 48” you have to wear a life jacket and have someone catch up at the bottom. My 10 year old was mad he couldn’t do the rings solely based on his height.

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June 26, 2021
Rated 5.0

The pool was warm enough, and unique with loose stone floor. Activities include three waterslides, a kiddie zone, water sports volleyball and basketball, and a line of rings for bigger kids to swing across. It’s a cool retro vibe with lots of history. Check out the story and talk to the clerks for extra details.

Concessions and a store that sells suits and towels on-site with seasonal outdoor BBQ across the street. Very clean locker rooms and changing area.

Note: As of June 2021, the outdoor pool and slide was closed for repair.

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April 15, 2017
Rated 3.0

I have arthritis and expected a pool in which I could do warm water exercises. Not so much. The water is said to be 87F but feels like 67F to me. The hot tubs are 105F I believe, which felt good but only for 10 minutes before I couldn't take any more. My wife is healthy and enjoyed the pool. We went on a holiday rate of 1/2 price for the second person, and our total fee was over $20. Too much for the best Hot Springs has to offer.

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May 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

LOVE this place!! It's very humble but the vibe and healing feeling is unbeatable. The mineral pool was great! I could actually float! And they have a gym, hot tubs, a steam room, and a sauna. Admission is good for the entire day... I will be back no doubt. If I lived here this would be my go to spot!

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Evans Plunge

1145 N River St
Hot Springs, South Dakota
57747 USA


Open now until 8:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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