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Dinosaur Park

940 Skyline Dr, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Tue 8a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
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The fact that this is a simple, basic little piece of kitschy Americana makes it even more worth visiting. It’s just off I-90 and it’s free to visit, so it’s a great leg-stretch kind of stop. There isn’t much to see other than the weathered, old-school dinosaur statues, but there’s no reason not to stop and take a photo on your way to Deadwood, either.

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“7 dinosaurs overlooking the city”

Dinosaur Park is a tourist attraction in Rapid City, South Dakota, United States. Dedicated on May 22, 1936, it contains seven dinosaur sculptures on a hill overlooking the city, created to capitalize on the tourists coming to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore. Constructed by the city of Rapid City and the Works Progress Administration, WPA Project #960's dinosaurs were designed by Emmet Sullivan. Sullivan also designed the Apatosaurus (formerly Brontosaurus) at Wall Drug nearby in Wall, South Dakota, the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the dinosaurs at the now closed Dinosaur World in Beaver, Arkansas. The park is located at 940 Skyline Drive and is maintained by the city of Rapid City. Admission is free, however steep flagstone stairs may limit handicapped accessibility. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1990.

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Reviewed by
audrebri

  • 25 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
July 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

FREE park with several dinosaur statues and a great panoramic view of Rapid City, SD. Great place for all ages.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ME Preaux

  • 12 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
April 01, 2015
Rated 3.0

Those dinosaurs have such a quirky, old fashioned quality, they are totally worth the detour. Plus, you'll get an awesome view of Rapid City and, on especially clear days, of the Black Hills and sometimes as far as the Badlands!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rosieposie09

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 10, 2018

FREE park and PET FRIENDLY. Several large dinosaur sculptures and a great panoramic view of Rapid City, SD. Great gift shop as well!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
usandouradventures

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
April 08, 2015
Rated 4.0

My kids had so much fun at this little quirky park. The views of Rapid City are notable, but really, its all about the dinos.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
VMike

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

Rapid City is a great town and the dinosaurs are a must see. #bodness

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
noellehendrix

  • 15 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 07, 2020
Rated 5.0

Really cute. And life size. I think!?

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Reviewed by
JBates2

  • 14 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 19, 2020
Rated 3.0

Not a park. 5 dinosaur things total at the top of a bunch of stairs. If you’re handicap, you won’t be able to enjoy

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Reviewed by
sarahscrosby

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

My kids said “that was awesome!” We went at night and the views of the city all lit up were amazing.

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Reviewed by
kavb89

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 14, 2019
Rated 5.0

Awesome little stop. The drive up was pretty great. The park was sweet with the Dino’s and the view was absolutely 360!

Bonus, the gift shop has GREAT prices!!

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Reviewed by
yoderbarbie

  • 19 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 22, 2019
Rated 5.0

Great drive, free parking, not stroller friendly...but as long as you can do a lot of steps, it’s totally worth it. My kids 6,4, and 1 loved it! Bathrooms in the cute store.

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Dinosaur Park

940 Skyline Dr
Rapid City, South Dakota
57701 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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