With the rugged Black Hills to the west, the shimmering Great Plains to the east, and the majestic Missouri River running through the center, South Dakota offers a diversity of landscapes that enable a range of outdoor activities. Additionally, the state’s thriving urban areas offer exciting nightlife. Situated near many South Dakota vacation rentals are an abundance of opportunities for thrilling excursions, fun sports, bar hopping, and partying at nightspots. Here are the top bachelor party destinations in South Dakota.

1. Rapid City

Located on the eastern edge of the Black Hills in southwestern South Dakota, Rapid City is surrounded by iconic national parks and landmarks. Don’t miss a visit to Mount Rushmore, which lies just 30 minutes southwest of town. Best of the West Tours takes you in a comfortable limousine to visit the nearby Black Hills, Badlands National Park, and Devil’s Tower National Park. If underground passageways thrill you, take a guided tour through Jewel Cave National Monument. After your excursions, relax and sample some local craft beers at the Firehouse Brewing Company. If you prefer wine, enjoy some tasting at the Prairie Berry Winery, one of South Dakota’s oldest wineries. For some Irish whiskey, traditional atmosphere, and live music, try Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Grill.

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2. Hot Springs

The scenic city of Hot Springs lies in the southwestern corner of South Dakota and serves as a southern gateway to the Black Hills region. Be sure to take a relaxing swim at Evans Plunge, an enormous indoor pool with 87-degree natural mineral water. The Wind Cave National Park ecosystem includes herds of wild bison, elk, pronghorns, and other animals, while inside the cave are more than 140 miles of passageways. The park conducts thrilling ranger-guided tours into the cave depths. A visit to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, where you can see herds of wild horses in their picturesque natural habitat, makes you feel like you are living in the Old West. The highly-rated Southern Hills Golf Course gives you the chance to play 18 holes in a beautiful setting. When you’re hungry, Woolly’s Grill and Cellar specializes in charbroiled steaks, prime rib, and excellent wines. For after-dinner fun, the Bourbon-County Speakeasy not only serves up fine bourbon and cocktails, but also has a friendly atmosphere and comfortable rustic decor.

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3. Yankton

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Yankton sits on a wide stretch of the majestic Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota near the border with Nebraska. Rent a spacious pontoon boat at Lakeside Fun Rentals, and explore the Missouri National Recreational River. The River City Guide Service provides you with expert advice concerning the best places to fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, and white bass. The nearby Lewis and Clark Recreation Area offers sandy swimming beaches, jet skiing, kayaking, tubing, and waterskiing, and you can rent the equipment you need at the Lewis and Clark Marina. Have some succulent pulled pork, ribs, and other barbecue items at Backyard Bar BQ. Sample some fine wines and spirits at Valiant Vineyards Winery. Enjoy drinks, games, and live entertainment at the Rounding 3rd Bar and Casino.

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4. Sioux Falls

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Dynamic Sioux Falls, named after a scenic waterfall on the Big Sioux River that runs through the city, is on the eastern edge of South Dakota. Enjoy playing 18 holes at the scenic Prairie Green Golf Course. Sioux Empire Paddlers offers kayak rentals and tours of the rivers and lakes in the region. For rowdier fun, arrange a thrilling battle at the Commando Paintball Course at Wild Water West Waterpark. In winter, go skiing and snowboarding at Great Bear Recreational Park. Sample a great selection of craft beers at the Hydra Beer Company taproom. The District Lounge not only serves up great food, beer, and other drinks, but also has a VIP suite for your private bachelor party event.

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5. Brookings

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The city of Brookings lies in eastern South Dakota in a beautiful area surrounded by numerous small lakes. The 135-acre Dakota Nature Park is full of ponds suitable for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. In the winter, the site hosts activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. The Edgewood Golf Course provides 18 holes of play in a lovely verdant setting. Test your shooting skill at the Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center, which features both an archery range and a firearms range. The Wooden Legs Brewing Company serves local craft beer in a friendly atmosphere. The Wild Hare offers a vast selection of beers and other drinks, outdoor patios, music, and dancing. The 9 Bar and Nightclub has a long bar near the dance floor and an upper level that’s ideal for bachelor parties.

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6. Watertown

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Located in lake country in northeastern South Dakota, the city of Watertown provides numerous opportunities for recreational fun. Sandy Shore State Recreational Area has a long sandy beach that’s perfect for swimming and relaxation. Near the beach is Angie’s Paddle and Pedal, which rents kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. The Joe Guides You fishing guide service takes you to the best places on the nearby glacial lakes to angle for walleye, perch, smallmouth bass, and other species. Enjoy some locally made craft beer and great meals at the Watertown Brewing Company. Head for the Dakota Sioux Casino for the Mustangs Steakhouse and Buffet, plenty of gaming action, and live entertainment.

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7. Aberdeen

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The city of Aberdeen lies in northern South Dakota in the James River Valley. The nearby Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers wildlife observation and great fishing. Another outdoor attraction is a 26-mile section of the beautiful Yellowstone Trail, which is an ideal stretch of road for hiking or cycling. The Lee Park Golf Course offers 18 holes amidst lush grass and tall trees. Stop in at the World Famous Silver Dollar Bar and Gentleman’s Club for some drinks to get the night rolling. Later, head to the Zoo Bar, which features an impressive selection of drinks along with live entertainment.

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