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7 Best and Fun Things To Do In Lead, South Dakota

The City of Lead was established in 1876 and officially incorporated in 1877, making it one of the most charming sites in South Dakota’s Northern Black Hills.

Despite its long history as the headquarters of the Homestake Mining Company, Lead maintains a charming small-town atmosphere while offering plenty of things to do and see. There are many summer activities to be enjoyed in and around Lead, including hiking, road and mountain biking, hunting, trail running, and fishing, as well as automobile touring and sightseeing. In winter, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing are the preferred outdoor activities.

The wonderful mountain community of Lead welcomes visitors from all over with open arms. Explore some of the fantastic places and activities Lead has to offer in the list of top attractions below.

The 7 Most Popular Things To Do In Lead, South Dakota

7. Deadwood Gulch

4.5 ★★★★★ (2 reviews)

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6. Deadwood Outdoor Rentals

4.7 ★★★★★ (16 reviews)


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Location: 220 Mountain Shadow Ln Deadwood SD

Tel:  605 641 8737

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5. Lucky 8 Casino

4.5 ★★★★★ (46 reviews)


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Location: 196 Cliff Street Deadwood SD

Tel:  605 578 2535

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4. Terry Peak

4.3 ★★★★☆ (59 reviews)


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3. Black Hills Mining Museum

4.6 ★★★★★ (223 reviews)

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Location: 323 W Main Street U S 85 Lead SD

Tel:  605 584 1605

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2. Broken Boot Gold Mine

4.5 ★★★★★ (568 reviews)

Location: 1200 Pioneer Way Deadwood SD

Tel:  605 578 9997

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1. Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

4.7 ★★★★★ (817 reviews)

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Location: 160 W Main Street Lead SD

Tel:  605 584 3110

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Lead, South Dakota! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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