Location: Rapid City, SD
Smashed Penny Machine: Not that we found
We finished off our time in Rapid City by exploring downtown. The downtown area has a nice collection of local shops and restaurants. There are city parking lots you can use. Fees to park depend on the time of day that you come to downtown. Check out Rapid City’s travel website for more details on parking (https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do/downtown).
Downtown Rapid City has a fun collection of life-sized statues of all of our past presidents on the street corners. Stop by the visitor’s center at 512 Main Street for a walking guide (or download from the website before you go). My older daughter is fascinated with President Lincoln so we went on a quest to find his statue (get the map, downtown is bigger than you think). But we enjoyed seeing all the presidents along the way. We made a game out of trying to guess the president before looking up who it was (yes I’m aware of how big of nerds we are J ). It was fun but educational as well (parenting win!).
We dined at Firehouse Brewing Company which is housed in a converted fire station. We were seated on a covered outdoor patio and despite it being mid-July it was a comfortable experience. Firehouse has its own microbrewery. I am not a beer drinker but the members of our group that sampled the various beer flights only had positive things to say about it. Food was very good and moderately priced.
After dinner we decided to explore Main Street square. This small park surrounded by boutique shops was a great way to unwind in the evening. The weather had cooled off as the sun went down but it was still warm enough for the kids to play in the splash fountain. There wasn’t any live music the night we were there but they did have music playing throughout the square. On a Wednesday evening it wasn’t extremely busy but there were several groups of people playing around.
Overall impression: I think downtown has a lot to offer to everyone in your group. If you enjoy shopping this is a great place to visit. It was a very relaxing spot and the perfect ending to this stage of our trip.