Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota
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Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

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940 Skyline Drive, Rapid City, South Dakota

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On May 22, 1936, a herd of dinosaurs officially made their home in Rapid City, South Dakota, and they haven’t moved since. No need to feel alarmed though! There is no Jurassic Park situation going on here! This hill-top Dinosaur Park is merely a playground for giant green cartoon-like sculptures — not real reptiles!

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Rapid City Dinosaur Park was built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration and, in 1990, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior.

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

The iron, wire, and concrete-constructed sculptures were designed by Emmet Sullivan and were originally gray in color. In the 1950s they were repainted bright green with white details and not much, besides a little wear and tear from children climbing them, has changed since.

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Five dinosaurs climb the hill: a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, an Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus), a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and an Anatotitan.

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Two others were added later near the gift shop: a Protoceratops and a Dimetrodon.

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

The Brontosaurus is the largest of the creatures at 80-feet long and 28-feet high and stands high above the rest. In fact, it can be seen from anywhere in the town!

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota

The park was crafted to capitalize on the tourists coming in to see nearby Mount Rushmore, but it is definitely a must-see for any Silly American adventurers out there who want to see some kitschy fun! Kids and adults alike have loved Rapid City Dinosaur Park since the 1930s…and these dinos aren’t going extinct anytime soon!

Site: Dinosaur Park
Location: 940 Skyline Drive, Rapid City, SD
Cost: Free
Hours: Daylight Hours.
Advisory: Steep flagstone stairs may limit handicapped accessibility.
Date: August 30, 2008

 

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.