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Cosmos Mystery Area

24040 Cosmos Rd, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702 USA

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“Can you solve the mystery?”

Our Cosmos guides will take you on a truly unique adventure that could be the most entertaining and unforgettable experience your family will witness in the Black Hills, and possibly in the entire universe! You may even remember being here as a kid and want to bring your children back to the place you visited as a child. Yes, this is the same place! Our tour consists of a myriad of demonstrations designed to boggle the mind and show theawesome power of the Cosmos "force". From people changing heights on level platforms towater flowing uphill, to sitting on the wall. The Cosmos is sure to amaze and astonish themind! Cosmos Mystery Area is a fun filled Black Hills attraction that is close to Rapid City and Mt Rushmore and is great for all ages. Our primary service and most mysterious event is our guided tour given by one of our specially trained tour guides. Specially trained for what you might ask? For fun! The tour is where mystery, science and comedy all collide!

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 17, 2015
Rated 1.0

It's ok for a one time visit. Swung in during the 2013 Black Hills Rally. Staff is very friendly. We took some funny pictures while there. If you're completely bored, stop by. If a beer sounds more appealing, then definitely save that $9.50 for the bar.

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  • 4 Helpful
August 14, 2013

Adults $9.50, children free.

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January 30, 2018
Rated 3.0

This is just like any other "mystery area" that you see in amusement parks like Six Flags, etc.. In fact, this is pretty much the same set up that Six Flag Over Texas had over 30 years ago when I was a kid. There really is no mystery, just the way things were built while using optical illusions.

With that being said, my children and husband had never been to one, so they thought it was fun and we were able to get some pictures to put in the scrapbooks.

Staff was friendly and the place was clean. I have balance issues (vertigo) but did just fine here (could also be because I did a lot of these as a child, so I knew how and where to stand to combat the optical illusion). My husband loves rollercoasters and anything that spins, yet this made him sick to his stomach and gave him a headache that lasted all day; go figure! LOL.

Our Trip & Pics: https://nuttyhiker.com/cosmos-mystery-area-black-hills/

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  • 3 Helpful
July 02, 2015
Rated 4.0

My 7 year old absolutely loved this! I thought it was pretty cool myself & definitely an "out of the ordinary" experience. Beware-if you have balance issues, this is NOT for you! My husband has a bit of vertigo and he felt queasy afterwards. If you're not bothered by that and up for something cool you won't forget-check it out!

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April 12, 2015
Rated 5.0

Well worth the stop. I don't know why this only has a 2.8 rating because it is a great place to see.

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  • 24 Helpful
July 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

This was really bizarre. I enjoyed it and it will be something I remember. Quite a few demonstrations, some great photos. no videos.

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  • 6 Helpful
July 15, 2021
Rated 5.0

Great for a one time visit. The kids enjoyed it.

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September 28, 2019
Rated 5.0

Kids loved it! Tour is every half hour and they have geodes to crack (for and extra fee) while you wait

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August 27, 2017
Rated 4.0

A neat spot for kids to get thrown off balance and have some insightful questions about gravitational force. It is neat to see their reactions to the "amazing" things that occur there. It was fun and a nice chance to get outside!

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July 22, 2017
Rated 4.0

This was a fun visit for the family. Some of the tour was a little hokey, but there are parts that fun to try. It is worth a visit, but you may not feel the need for a repeat tour...

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Cosmos Mystery Area

24040 Cosmos Rd
Rapid City, South Dakota
57702 USA


Open now until 4:30 am
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:30 am

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