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The top 5 must-do activities in the Black Hills

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Whether you call the beautiful Black Hills home or are visiting with family and friends, there are numerous activities to discover. The Black Hills offer adventure, history and a plethora of outdoor activities that are sure to impress.                         

Wherever you find yourself within the Black Hills, a Liv Hospitality Resort is close by. At Liv Hospitality, the staff strives to provide you with the ultimate dining and hospitality experience to assist you in your adventures and to help your day come to a fulfilling end.


1. Art Alley

Located in the center of downtown Rapid City, Art Alley is a must-see. This brick-paved alley is completely engulfed in modern, urban artwork created by local artists. The artwork is constantly changing and being replaced, so every time you come back you will get to experience different works.

Established in 2003, Art Alley is a community gallery featuring unique expressions of art. Art Alley is a deeply embedded part of the community today, and they promote community togetherness through events that include live painting, live music, raffle tickets, refreshments and more.

Interested in leaving your mark on Art Alley when you visit? Permits to paint in Art Alley are free and simple to obtain. Looking for a place to stay near Art Alley? Liv suggests Hotel Alex Johnson. This 11-story hotel overlooks the city and is centrally located near downtown.


2. Sports wagering

Sports wagering is now legal in Deadwood, and South Dakota residents and visitors alike are loving every minute of it!

Deadwood has done its best to make sports wagering accessible and fun for all. Dare to place your first bet at the Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort BetMGM Sportsbook and gain the full experience of betting on games while watching them live. This sportsbook boasts a huge variety of TVs and is staffed with helpful associates to help guide you.

For more experienced bettors on the go, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort is the place to be. The resort holds several BetMGM kiosks, allowing you to personally place your bets. This sports wagering option saves you precious time that can be used for family activities or the thrills of gambling in Deadwood.


3. WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

Slide into the newly renovated WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort in Rapid City. Whether you want to take the family out for an eventful day or grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site restaurants, WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort has you covered. The 30,000-square-foot waterpark hosts several totally tubular waterslides, an enormous hot tub, a relaxing lazy river, Koko’s Kingdom and much more.

Want to take a break from swimming? Head upstairs to Koko’s Arcade, featuring over 50 favorite classic and modern video games that provide fun for kids of all ages.

With five great hotels to choose from, it’s easy to stay at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort. Each hotel is brimming with extra special family-friendly amenities to make your stay at this Rapid City waterpark comfortable and convenient. This place has it all!


4. Bars and pubs

The Black Hills are not only known for their amazing beauty, but also for the area’s many breweries and pubs.

For downtown nighttime fun, Paddy O’Neill’s in Rapid City is the ultimate place for you. This bar is located on the main level of the Hotel Alex Johnson and provides an outdoor patio with a vibrant nightlife atmosphere perfect for socializing and hanging out with friends.

Vertex Sky Bar, located atop the highest floor of the historic Hotel Alex Johnson, has an outside deck and dining area that provides unbeatable panoramic views of the entire city. This restaurant is the perfect place for an elegant dinner paired with craft cocktails and the best views you can find.

The Bistro Bar at Courtyard by Marriott is a top-rated place to take a break from your travels and indulge in delicious cuisine made with fresh local ingredients and expertly handcrafted cocktails. This bar is located inside the Courtyard by Marriott in Box Elder, making it the perfect location to relax and wind down from the day.

Sliders Bar & Grill, located inside WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, provides a panoramic view of the waterpark to ensure you never miss a moment watching your kids. Did you know there is even a waterslide running right through it?

If you’re exploring the historic Deadwood area, try Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub located inside Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort. The Irish pub’s Deadwood location offers an abundant selection of spirits and craft beers, as well as a full menu to cater to any of your wants and needs.


5. Fall happenings and events

The Black Hills are packed with local events, providing a staycation for locals and extensive getaway opportunities for visitors, even in the fall.

Enjoy a special ride on the 1880 Train as you watch it transform into the 1880 Wine Express. What better way to enjoy fall in the Black Hills than sipping local wines and eating tasty foods as you cruise through the hills on an authentic steam engine?

For a more interactive experience, enjoy one of the area’s largest events at Deadwood Jam. This free event in downtown Deadwood occurs Sept. 16 and 17 and features live music all day from local talent, as well as other fun activities to experience.

Deadwood also hosts the Hops & Hogs Craft Beer Fest, a one-day festival where you can sample many award-winning craft beers and unique bacon dishes made right here in the Black Hills.

One of the most sought-after events in the Black Hills is the Deadwood Oktoberfest. This event offers superior amounts of fun and adventure.

When you attend Oktoberfest, be prepared to get lost in the live music, participate in various races and giveaways, and be surrounded by competitive cook-offs and exciting games.

In Rapid City, the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival provides an exciting family adventure. This event includes humongous pumpkins, over 60 vendors, local produce and goods, and endless activities for the kids.

Whether you find yourself at an event in Deadwood or Rapid City, Liv Hospitality provides comfortable and convenient accommodations for the whole family.

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