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Dinosaur Park, Rapid City

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#9 of 75 in Things to do in Rapid City
Landmark · Tourist Spot
Showcasing seven lifesize dinosaurs overlooking the city, Dinosaur Park has been catching eyes since 1936. Initially gray, these iron and concrete giants were colored bright green and white in the 1950s. Most of them are meant to reflect fossils found in the area. See the models of Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Anatotitan, Protoceratops, and a nondinosaur Dimetrodon--an ancestor of dinosaurs. These all look somewhat goofy by today's standards, and are sometimes described as being from the Flintstones' world. Take in the 160 km (100 mi) view of the surrounding area from this overlook above the town. Arrange to visit Dinosaur Park and other attractions in Rapid City using our Rapid City trip site.
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  • Old school original dinosaurs you remember as a child; 6 life sized. No handicapped access; you must be able to climb a huge staircase. All outdoors. We heard the city plans to update the paint...  more »
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  • Awesome free park. Good for an outdoor activity. Will only take about half an hour to see everything and then spend about half an hour in the gift shop. Good prices. The kids found a bag of rocks cheaper than at the Cosmos Mystery. If you are in Rapid City for a few days it is a must.
  • Good exercise after sitting in a car for 8 hours. Tons of stairs to climb to go see some giant painted fiberglass looking dinosaurs. Definitely not an ideal stop for 2 non dinosaur interested preteen girls. I honestly think it was a waste of time to go look at the 4 or 5 dinosaurs on top of the hill. We made the best of it and took a couple of pictures.

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