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Downtown Rapid City


In Downtown Rapid City, your inner naysayer will just give up. There’s no time for “No” here, with so much to explore – so much that challenges any notion you have of small town middle America. At the heart of Downtown is Main Street Square with its open park-like setting serving as a magnet for good times. Home to an ongoing public art project and lined with restaurants, bars and shops, music and dancing are likely to break out at any time here. Just a block away is Art Alley, where colorful expression virtually explodes from the walls. A tour around Downtown Rapid City takes you through America’s history, with a president on every corner and stories of the Lakota told through commemorative plaques and statues.

Met with the stories of farmers, cowboys and soldiers who rose to the highest office in the land, surrounded by joyous splashes of color and stirred by the beat of live music – you may find yourself ready to take on anything. Fortify yourself with an array of fine and hearty dining options, with more than 33 restaurants in Downtown Rapid City. Duck into more than 70 shops for artisan-crafted wares and fine goods, including highly prized authentic items made in the Lakota tradition. Spirits flow at many pubs throughout Downtown, ranging from a sophisticated rooftop sky bar to some of South Dakota’s old school saloons.

Rolling big for a road trip? No problem. Downtown Rapid City offers plenty of parking options for patrons of Downtown businesses and Main Street Square. Located adjacent to the Square is a city parking ramp, and there is ample off-street parking throughout Downtown as well.


Downtown Rapid City features over 70 shops and 33 restaurants with plenty of hotel rooms. You will find everything from art galleries, museums, fashionable boutiques, a variety of fine cuisine, the City of Presidents statues, and great entertainment from music to theatre at various events. You will even find the state’s largest movie theater screen at the restored Elks Theatre. Located in the center of Downtown Rapid City is Main Street Square, a fun-filled public space where you can build lasting memories for the whole family. 


Located in the heart of Downtown Rapid City, Main Street Square is a fun-filled public space that features special events, arts and culture, live concerts, seasonal ice skating and interactive fountains. Surrounded by the City of Presidents, boutiques, eateries and galleries, Main Street Square is a free public space the whole family can enjoy. It's [FUN]²! For a schedule of events at the Square, click here

Sculptor Brings Nature's Beauty and Optimism to Main Street Square Granite

In 2013, Masayuki Nagase began the process of carving the 21 granite pieces at Main Street Square. This privately funded $2 million project reflects the region's natural and cultural past, present and future. For more information, click here or visit the Official Rapid City Sculpture Project website.


Downtown Rapid City's dining district offers a truly exceptional variety of regional and international cuisine, ranging from local brews and upscale restaurants, to unique burger joints. There is something for every palate in Downtown Rapid City.


Downtown Rapid City Events

Downtown Rapid City is the epicenter of year round events, ranging from Summer Nights, Music in the Square and Movies under the Stars. The options are limitless when you spend time Downtown.

Downtown Events


Downtown Rapid City Arts & Culture


Downtown Rapid City has a vibrant arts community that includes an eclectic blend of Native American, Western and fine art,  along with displays of natural and urban artwork.  Home to 15 galleries, the Dahl Arts Center and Art Alley, Downtown Rapid City is where you'll want to be if you love all kinds of art.


Downtown Rapid City Shopping

Downtown Rapid City offers a wide variety of shopping experiences, from small and unique boutiques to upscale clothing, trendy jewelry, home accessories, amazing original art, toys and gourmet goodies! One thing is for certain, whatever you're looking for, you'll find it Downtown.


Downtown Rapid City City of Presidents

Visitors to Downtown Rapid City are greeted by the City of Presidents, a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along the city’s streets and sidewalks. Whether you’re enjoying Downtown shopping, dining or other attractions, you can enjoy these free sculptures.


Downtown Rapid City offers plenty of parking options for patrons of Downtown businesses and Main Street Square. Located adjacent to the Square is a city parking ramp. Public parking meters are located on the lowest level where you can park for only $0.50 per hour, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking is free all other times, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Throughout Downtown, there is free off-street parking, with a two-hour limit Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.