Prairie Winds Casino & Hotel is one of the finest places to have fun in South Dakota. And while it serves as one of the hottest casinos in South Dakota outside of Deadwood’s 20 gaming centers, you will find a diverse array of fun attractions within a 25-mile radius of the casino.
As with most small-town attractions, you’re in for a phenomenal mixture of recreation activities along with small museums and even a small club. So, if you’re looking for ways to spend time away from the casino, today’s post touches on enough fun attractions to keep you busy throughout your stay in the area.
Are you ready to see what the surrounding area is all about? This includes a few different areas near Prairie Winds Casino. Keep reading, and you will discover goodness.
1 – Angostura Recreation Area
If you’re looking to skip the hotels and find a solid campground, look no further than Angostura Recreation Area. Not only will you immerse yourself in a plethora of natural scenery stretching as far as the eye can see, it’s perhaps the best place in the area to set up shop during your getaway.
Apart from the impeccable scenery, trails, and recreational activities, the campsites also provide modern amenities. You’re not in for primitive camping here unless you want it to be that way. They offer space between sites, restrooms, showers, and well-maintained facilities. It’s a definite dream to stay here.
2 – JH Keith Park and Whitney Preserve at Cascade Springs
The preserve features a paved walkway, benches, and clean restrooms. It’s also an ideal site for nature and bird watching. However, some reviewers have warned about rattlesnakes and poison ivy in the area, and the signs even depict this. Make sure to watch your step if you venture out into the trails.
However, this quaint area also offers the perfect place to have a picnic. So, if you’ve eaten your fill at Prairie Winds Casino and some of the surrounding eateries, engross yourself in natural beauty while you eat your next lunch or dinner—especially if you’re looking for a peaceful way to unwind after all that gaming.
Tourists just traveling through town have also made the preserve an ideal place to stop, with many pointing to the bubbling spring as their primary reason for taking a break here. It also offers a ton of shady areas, providing an ideal way to cool off following a hike on a hot day.
3 – The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
With over 330 reviews on TripAdvisor and a 4.5-star rating among other accolades, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary provides yet another ideal stop in the area, especially if you or someone from your travel group is into horses. You’re in for quite a nature show here when you make the stop.
They specialize in providing a home for unwanted horses and have remained in business since 1988. They offer private tours too, so if you’re interested in doing one, you must take this opportunity to get up close and personal with these friendly horses.
Reviewers from past tours have praised the sanctuary and odds are, tours will resume in the future.
4 – Chadron State Park
Chadron State Park offers yet another great camping area in the region. And if you’re looking for yet another scenic experience near Prairie Winds Casino, it’s worth taking a trip to this illustrious state park. They maintain the camping spots and restrooms well, and the place has remained free of debris.
The park also holds a fishing pond featuring a modest selection of fish. Plus, it offers stunning scenery, from its tree-filled setting to its green pastures, and even a few unique geological formations springing through the ground. It’s hard to beat the scenic experience at one of the area’s favorite parks.
And if you’re not into camping but would like to stay further from the casino, they also offer a few cabins for rent. Recreational activities include hiking trails, a pool, volleyball court, archery ranges, bike rentals, and even trail rides.
5 – Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole
A natural water spring has fed this cascade for millennia, and it offers perhaps the area’s most scenic experience. If you’re looking to wade in South Dakota’s natural beauty and have fun in the sun during a hot day whenever you’re in town during the warmer months. Plus, it provides a solid family-friendly experience.
They also have convenient parking, so you don’t need to hike your way to the swimming hole.
Now, they have a few rules, one of which prohibits alcoholic beverages so please, oblige by it. They also have signs warning of rattlesnakes and poison ivy, so enter the premises at your own risk.
Some reviewers on TripAdvisor have warned that this attraction can get busy on weekends. If you’re looking for a more peaceful experience, it’s better to visit during the weekdays.
So, swap the cargo shorts for the board shorts, hop into the pit, and enjoy an old-school swimming experience.
6 – Pioneer Museum
Are you interested in discovering what life was like for the pioneers of yesterday?
Head over to the Pioneer Museum and brace yourself for an educational experience in the subject like none other. This old building, per one reviewer on TripAdvisor, has served the area since its founding in 1893.
You will find this family-friendly attraction in the Sandstone School House, open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Children 12 and under get free access while they give discounts to senior citizens, making this one of the most cost-effective attractions in the area to visit.
They feature hundreds of old school artifacts, including artwork, decor, quilts, stoves, and other antique-like products. If you’re looking to crawl 150 years into the past, mark this area in red while you plan your trip to the area. They won’t disappoint you.
7 – Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Another recipient of the 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs is a natural landmark that isn’t messing around when it touts itself as “America’s International Treasure.” If you’re looking for the area’s attraction, the Mammoth Site is where it’s at.
You’ll find it in the Black Hills and whether you’re in town in the winter or summer, they keep the site open year-round. Come on in and give yourself and your children a dynamic education on one of North America’s most legendary beasts.
8 – Hot Springs Vault
While Prairie Winds Casino features a phenomenal place to dine and hang out, you’ll find a nearby attraction called the Hot Springs Vault. So, if you’re out and exploring the area for the day and would love a fun place to unwind, head over to the vault, where great things will start happening.
Yes, I used the future tense here because one reviewer on TripAdvisor stated the bar burned down about a year prior to today’s post. However, they also reported that management is “in the process of rebuilding,” and to “stay tuned,” so it means things are looking up for this attraction.
Its past location drew rave reviews from those on TripAdvisor, so maybe Hot Springs Vault 2.0 will feature even more of the goods? Reviewers have typically praised the Vault for their food, so if you need a bite, consider this little bar in Hot Springs, North Dakota.
It’s especially great if you spent the day indoors touring those museums. Odds are, you’ll crave some food after all that walking.
Our Final Thoughts on the Deadwood South Dakota Area
Prairie Winds Casino & Hotel sure boasts a lot. But the surrounding area also shows that the casino isn’t the only fun attraction to get excited about. Whether you’re into nature or if you’d just like a prime historical and educational experience, the eight attractions listed above should motivate you to explore the area’s best.
And while you’re still technically in small-town America, the expert infusion of nature and history contains attractions that rival those seen in big cities—or in South Dakota’s case, nearby Deadwood and its 50 attractions.
Have you been to Prairie Winds Casino in the past? If so, did you visit any of the attractions listed above? Tell us your stories in the comments! We cannot wait to read about your experiences in one of South Dakota’s more vibrant locations.