Family-Friendly Attractions with History!
Step back in time at the Fort Hays Old West Town Square. First, fill your belly with our all-you-can-eat cowboy pancakes for just 99 cents. Stroll along the boardwalk and take a free, self-guided tour of the Dances With Wolves film set and the South Dakota movie museum. Shop at the best gift shops in the Black Hills and see our craftsmen working with their hands every day making everything from handmade tools, ropes, bricks, tin plates, knives, and even pan for Black Hills Gold at our Gem Shop!
Come back in the evening for our Chuckwagon Supper & Branson-style Music Variety Show featuring a hearty chuckwagon menu and the most entertaining show in the Black Hills! Experience the Old West like never before with one of the best family-friendly attractions in Rapid City!
Enjoy our original hearty chuckwagon supper, followed by a great live music variety show when the Fort Hays Wranglers take the stage to entertain you.
- 6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
- May 19 - October 12
Arrive early seven days a week for our 99 cent all-you-can-eat cowboy pancakes. Follow the boot prints through the door, grab a home-made tin plate from the stack, and give your request to the cowboys and cowgirls who are eager to serve you. Our cook arrives before the sun to start baking biscuits & gravy and sausage, so they’re fresh and hot. There’s plenty to eat, so don’t be shy!
- Cowboy Pancakes
- Homemade biscuits & gravy
- Biscuits & honey
- Cowboy coffee (free refills)
- Hot chocolate
Located at Fort Hays is the Dances with Wolves film set, which you can see for free. View the original buildings used in the Academy Award-winning movie, which had box office sales of $424 million. Released on Nov. 21, 1990, Dances with Wolves won Best Picture and six additional Academy Awards. In 2007, Dances with Wolves was selected for preservation in the United States by the National Film Registry and the Library of Congress for being culturally significant.
You can leisurely browse the film set on a free self-guided tour and stand where John J. Dunbar (Kevin Costner) was given his new orders to Fort Sedgwick. Feel free to take photos and enjoy the South Dakota Film Museum where you will find the remnants of over 50 movies on display that were filmed in South Dakota.
As you browse the boardwalk, you find our craftsmen at work every day making handmade tools, ropes, bricks, plates, and much more.
Explore the shops that take you back in time:
- Tin shop
- Post office
- Rope shop
- Blacksmith shop
- Old-fashioned penny press
- Gem & Mineral Shop
- Man Cave
- Chan’s Cup O’Joe Coffee
- Ice Cream Shop