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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 62 Columbian & woolly mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activities for children, an educational experience for the entire family. One of the top fossil interpretive sites in North America. Open year-round. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. New Learning Center opened May 2015, two new 53-seat theaters, universally accessible walkways, new HD Introductory video, New Digital TourGuide system.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 18, 2016

If you are in the area, make you visit the museum! The site is beyond impressive and informative. If you tend to collect souvenirs, their gift shop prices are more than reasonable!

1  Thank Jay B
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2016

Greetings Jay B,

Thank you for taking time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will be able to come back in the future!

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"dig site"
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"guided tour"
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"sink hole"
in 52 reviews
"active dig"
in 28 reviews
"ice age"
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"all ages"
in 75 reviews
"ask questions"
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"exhibit hall"
in 16 reviews
"gift shop"
in 77 reviews
"short video"
in 21 reviews
"amazing site"
in 15 reviews
"interesting place"
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"kids and adults"
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"own pace"
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"black hills"
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"walk around"
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Reviewed November 13, 2016

This is your chance to see dinosaur fossils in situ. This active dig was once a sinkhole. Animals came to drink, fell in and drowned. Their bones remain. Worth about an hour of your time. If you are in the area, don't miss it.

1  Thank 1950Jam2012
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2016

Dear 1950Jam2012,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for recommending the Site to others. We hope you will visit us again in the future.

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Reviewed November 7, 2016

To be allowed to visit and view an archaeological sight and learn about animals and rocks from hundreds of millions of years ago is an educational treat for young and old.
How the animals lived and died at that very spot in South Dakota. Learning about the millennia-layers of soil and its impact on this world. The shear size of the animals and the influence on humans at that time. A must see for all of us, especially children. South Dakota is the place!

Thank bill s
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2016

Dear bill s,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide about their experiences. The Mammoth Site is truly unique that it is a working paleontological dig site and museum. Thank you for recommending The Mammoth Site to others and we hope you will be able to visit us again in the future.

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Reviewed November 4, 2016

This is an actively working excavation site where 61 Columbian and Wooly Mammoths fell into a sink hole. We took the tour and visited the museum. Great stop headed south from Mount Rushmore.

1  Thank Jeanette B
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2016

Greetings Jeanette B,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will be able to visit us again someday.

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Reviewed October 31, 2016

We visited in June, 2015 but that date was not available on the list. We were with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters 6 & 4 who are very interested and knowledgeable about prehistoric animals. The girls did the dig which requires a reservation and they loved it. The tour o the working dig was great - I use a wheelchair but everything was accessible. The museum was also full of interesting exhibits. The best part was when a man who turned out to be the director of the site hard our oldest granddaughter ask a question he felt was very good and advanced for her age. He stopped and sat on the floor with both girls and answered all of their questions and told them he became interested in mammoths aat about their age. It was the highlght of our 3,000 mile trip for them.

Thank JBH7212014
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2016

Greetings JBH7212014,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear that your granddaughters enjoyed the Junior Paleontologist Excavation Program. We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience at the Site. We appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors and we hope you will come back and visit us again someday.

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