Attractions in the Black Hills

Museums Near the Black Hills

There is so much more to the Black Hills than the Sturgis Rally or even Mount Rushmore. We have many great museums all within a reasonable drive from Custer. So, load up the kids in the SUV and experience some history from South Dakota.

1881 Courthouse Museum

Right here in beautiful Custer, South Dakota, is the 1881 Courthouse Museum. As the name would indicate, this building served as our courthouse from 1881 through 1973. It’s at 411 Mount Rushmore Road. If you haven’t been to Custer just yet, Mount Rushmore Road is the large street that runs through the heart of the town.

Come and see nearly a century of history in the 1881 Courthouse Museum.

Black Hills Mining Museum

In the northern part of the Black Hills in the little town of Lead, South Dakota is the Black Hills Mining Museum. Your drive from Custer is only 55 miles through some of the most stunning scenery around!

You’ll see equipment used in the gold mining era. Actually, they mined for gold in the Black Hills for more than 100 years! Get a taste of the hard work the miners were required to do in order to find gold.

Kids 12 and younger are free (at the time of publishing) and adults have a minimal fee of just $5. The Black Hills Mining Museum is at 323 W. Main Street (US 85) in Lead, South Dakota.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center

Journey back in time and discover information about the area. You’ll learn about the geological formations that created the Badlands National Park, as well as the Black Hills and the Spearfish formations. We can’t forget about the dinosaurs from this region. Your kids will have a blast with this educational experience.

National Presidential Wax Museum

Another fabulous place to visit in Keystone, SD! The realistic posed waxed figures can gain anyone’s interests with our current and past Presidents. You’ll read many interesting facts about each President, which is especially great for trivia night.

Attractions in the Black Hills

Come visit the Black Hills of South Dakota. Whether you board the 1880 train, pan for gold, visit some great wineries, or even check out a casino or two, you’re bound to have a great time in the beautiful Black Hills.

1880 Train

Enjoy the 20-mile scenic ride through the heart of the Black Hills. You can board the train in Keystone or Hill City and spend a few hours in town before returning.

Pan for Gold

You can pan for gold right here in the Black Hills. While there are federal regulations for where and how to pan for gold, it’s best to stick with the experts. In Keystone, SD, we have the Big Thunder Gold Mine. There, you can learn can learn all about gold mining, placer mining, and gold panning. They even have on-site gold panning. So, give yourself the mining experience.

Visit a Winery

We may not be the Napa Valley or even the Sonoma Valley, but we do have our fair share of wineries in the Black Hills.

Deadwood Casinos

Instead of completely dying off like many gold mining towns, the town of Deadwood South Dakota changed. Gaming was voted in and now Deadwood is one of the most popular spots in the Black Hills. It’s not Las Vegas, and thankfully so. In Deadwood, you’ll be greeted by the friendly locals while you enjoy reasonable prices in the old western town.