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Exploring Chadron State Park with Kids

We’ve been lucky to visit several Nebraska State Parks with the kids, though all of them have been in Eastern Nebraska. Chadron State Park, just a few miles south of Chadron in Dawes County, was our first Western Nebraska state park. This park was the most beautiful I’d ever visited in our state, though some …

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Visiting Mammoth Site With Kids

I’ve never had more than a passing interest in dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. But ever since I read about Hudson-Meng Bison Kill site in Nebraska, my interest was piqued on major archeological digs in the Midwest. What would it be like to see a massive dig site in person? Disclosure: The Hot Springs tourism office provided …

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Hot Springs Hills Inn In The Southern Black Hills

Hot Springs, South Dakota, is one of the southernmost cities of the Black Hills, and one that attracts tourists for a couple reasons. The big draws are Mammoth Site and Evans Plunge. It’s a small town that feels less touristy than many others in the region. Mr. Wonderful and I marveled at the castle-like appearance …

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Evans Plunge In Hot Springs, South Dakota

Updated: March 22, 2019 Evans Plunge is one of those attractions in the Black Hills that everyone seems to have been to as a kid. I mention it to several friends, and they each recalled a story from their childhood. Some remember the rocky bottom (the rocks are still there). Some mention how cool the …

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Try The Buffalo At Dakotah Steakhouse in Rapid City

Dakotah Steakhouse is one of those restaurants that gets high ratings on travel and food sites and you wonder, is it really that good? Yes, yes it is. This Rapid City, South Dakota, restaurant was located across the parking lot from our hotel during our recent stay. The city’s tourism office said it was a place …

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Getting Up Close At Reptile Gardens (UPDATED for 2020)

Reptile Gardens in Rapid City was on a USA Today list for Top 10 Roadside Attractions. Roadside attraction? It may have once been a roadside attraction capitalizing in people’s interest in snakes in 1937, but it has grown into a family-run, kid-friendly destination that educates as well as entertains. Updated: This post was written in …

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