why we like it: Watiki is South Dakota’s largest indoor water park. There are slides and activities for all ages.

location: 1314 North Elk Vale Road, Rapid City, SD

hours: Watiki is open every day, but hours vary by day and season. Click here for current hours.

cost: Prices vary by season and time of day. For current prices, click here. Peak price for day prices is $25.99 for ages 7 and older. Kids ages 3 to 6 are $17.99.  Children 2 and under are FREE with an adult paid pass. There is a spectator pass for $9.99 that includes the hot tub! Look in the Sunday Rapid City Journal or other local magazines for discounted admission . Ask about a military discount.

what the locals know: You can order pizza from Marcos right next to the water park and enjoy some pizza.  Is there anything better than pizza and swimming?

Hotel guests from a participating hotel (La Quinta, Fairfield, Home 2 Suites, and Residence Inn) get discounted admission to Watiki. In the off season, you can sometimes get a hotel room at a participating hotel for around $35.

before you go:

  • They have towels available.
  • You are allowed to bring a life jacket for your little swimmer.
  • They have lockers available for a fee. There is a family changing room.


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