Top 10 Things to do in Keystone, South Dakota

Keystone is a town in the Black Hills region of Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 337 at the 2010 census. It had its origins in 1883 as a mining town, and has since transformed itself into a resort town, serving the needs of the millions of visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which is located just beyond city limits.

1. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Hwy 244, Keystone, SD 57751-4403 Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, National Parks, Monuments & Statues More
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4.5 based on 10122 reviews

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created this famous mountainside carving of the visages of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Reviewed By Tranquillo - NJNJ

AMAZING

Incredible Mountain View Head sculptures of 4 famous Presidents (George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson), that pictures don’t do justice. There is a nice path to walk, observation area, indoor exhibit, 2 theaters with 15 m

2. Presidential Trail

Keystone, SD Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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4.5 based on 1289 reviews

Presidential Trail

Hiking trail at Mount Rushmore.

Reviewed By CrankingChick - Tucson, ArizonaTucson, Arizona

Short Walk to the Base of the Monument

The Presidential Trail is inside Mt. Rushmore National Monument boundaries. Admission to the park is free but there is a fee for parking ($10/vehicle, $5 for seniors, free for active military). To get to the trail once you're inside the park, walk past th

3. Rushmore Tramway Adventures

203 Cemetery Road, Rushmore Tramway, Keystone, SD 57751 Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
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4.5 based on 1008 reviews

Rushmore Tramway Adventures

Rushmore Tramway Adventures offers a little bit of something for everyone. From action-packed adventurers to enjoying the beautiful Black Hills with breath-taking views of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, people of all ages and abilities can find their inspiration. You just can't seem to go wrong with this family getaway during your summer vacation!

Reviewed By Michael M - New York City, New YorkNew York City, New York

I wish I had more time to spend here

I had heard about this place from another traveler that I met so I sought it out when I was in Keystone. I was hoping to be able to zipline but by the time I got there (3:30pm) I was told that there were closing in a half an hour (it was Labor Day). They

4. Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD Sights & Landmarks, Mines
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4.5 based on 917 reviews

Big Thunder Gold Mine

Big Thunder Gold Mine has an original tour which lasts 45-55 minutes and was founded in 1892. You see the largest display of mining equipment in the Black Hills and learn the history of the gold rush in 1876. We have two forms of panning: one is our commercial panning right on site. Guides will demonstrate theskill of panning, no time limit and we guarentee you will find gold. We also have claim panning where you will pan directly our of the creek 4 miles down the road on Forest Service property. Those exist in 4 hour trips.

Reviewed By TBaytrippin - Thunder Bay, CanadaThunder Bay, Canada

Great Visit! Great People! Great History!

We were not sure what to expect. Bought the Groupon (highly recommended). We were greeted by Rattlesnake Randy and co. Randy was such a pleasure to talk to. Showing us his gold, a bit of history, and his escapades with Ozzy Osbourne. The tour was Fantasti

5. Horse Thief Lake

Black Hills National Forest Hwy 385 South, Keystone, SD Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Horse Thief Lake

Reviewed By williamo126 - Rapid City, South DakotaRapid City, South Dakota

A nice place to visit

There is a lot of room to walk around and explore the lake. Room for fishing as well. A nice picnic area is available also. Just a short distance from Mt Rushmore.

6. National Presidential Wax Museum

609 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD 57751 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 320 reviews

National Presidential Wax Museum

Located only minutes from Mount Rushmore in the town of Keystone in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the National Presidential Wax Museum is an exciting patriotic experience for the whole family. Meet over 100 lifelike wax figures, including all 45 U.S. presidents, all depicted in stunning visual recreations of iconic moments in U.S. presidential history. Explore the stories behind the faces with a self-guided audio tour narrating the context and history of each scene. Witness the intricacies of the wax sculpture process with a seven-minute theater video showcasing the museum’s ten artists as they create America’s leaders out of wax and bring a vision to reality. Play the part of the White House press secretary and give a speech from a teleprompter podium in a spot-on recreation of the White House press briefing room! The National Presidential Wax Museum also boasts a huge gift shop filled with unique and quirky gifts that can’t be found anywhere else in the Black Hills.

Reviewed By Jennifer K - Billings, MontanaBillings, Montana

just ok

Nothing to write home about. Obama was not a good likeness at all. The lighting throughout the whole place was lacking, couldn't even see Lincoln. Many of the presidents didn't look like them. It was the most disappointing thing we did in the Black Hills.

7. Halley's 1880 Store

501 1st St, Keystone, SD 57751-2003 Shopping, Antique Stores
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Halley's 1880 Store

Reviewed By Heady-By - Mechanicsville, MarylandMechanicsville, Maryland

Halley's West has great food, great service, and great conversation!

The burgers at Halley’s 1880 Store and Halley’s West are advertised as “the Black Hills OKAYEST hamburger” – believe the hype! While we visited both locations, we only ate at West, and you won’t be disappointed. Good burgers, friendly service, fresh-cut F

8. Gutzon Borglum Historical Center

342 Winter St, Keystone, SD 57751-2036 Museums, Art Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 166 reviews

Gutzon Borglum Historical Center

Reviewed By DrD0ugH - Conway, ArkansasConway, Arkansas

Good Place for History

We were there on a Wednesday morning. The museum is a great source of history and background. The movie they show does not get to the monument until about the last 8 minutes. The gift shop is packed with stuff and they will put designs on shirts downstair

9. Holy Terror Antiques

221 Swanzey St, Upstairs in the Holy Terror Building, Keystone, SD 57751-2043 Shopping, Antique Stores
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5 based on 14 reviews

Holy Terror Antiques

A wide range of Antiques beautifully displayed. We are set up like a department store to help you find the special things you collect. The Candy Counter is full of old fashioned, hard to find candies. Plan to spend a while looking around.

Reviewed By Famontherun - Bel Air, MdBel Air, Md

Great Spot!

Holy Terror is a terrific antique store! Be aware that it is on the 2nd floor, so steps are required. We spent about 40 min or so looking around; very eclectic, clean with lots of eye appeal. I enjoyed the old time candies that were for sale....a throwbac

10. Keystone Historical Museum

410 3rd Street, Keystone, SD 57751 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 26 reviews

Keystone Historical Museum

The museum is located in the old Keystone School. The school was built in 1899. Keystone is home to Carrie Ingalls Swazney. Carrie is Laura Ingalls Wilder's little sister. The museum has many artifacts from the Ingalls family. The museum also has local, mining, and Mount Rushmore history. Upstairs there are two classrooms for the children as well as adults to experience what school was like many, many years ago. The museum is free, but we do take "milk money" donations.

Reviewed By bobca1947 - homehome

Interesting & informative!

This is a small museum that is well worth a visit. It is loaded with the history of Keystone. It has a wonderful collection of different exhibits and very interesting old photos. It is located off the beaten path in an old school building that was erected

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