When the weather is hot, hot, hot, the best way to spend the day is at a local swimming hole or pool. Here’s a list to help you stay cool!
1. Angostura Reservoir, Hot Springs
The reservoir at Angostura Recreation Area boasts 36 miles of coastline, and several gorgeous, sandy beaches. The water is clear and clean, so jump right in and cool off! 13157 N. Angostura Road, Hot Springs.
2. Splash Central Waterpark, Huron
You'll never run out of things to do at Splash Central Waterpark in Huron. You'll find several waterslides, an Olympic-sized pool, lazy river and special areas for little kids. They're open every day from 12:15 PM to 8:00 PM. 345 9th Street SW, Huron.
3. WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, Rapid City
Stay away from the sun's hot, blistering rays and choose this indoor water park, instead. This park includes 30,000 square feet of fun, including a lazy river, waterslides and tons of pools. You can even stay here overnight! Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM; Sunday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. 1314 North Elk Vale Road, Rapid City.
4. Sylvan Lake, Custer
Sylvan Lake has a great little beach and swimming area where you can bask, bathe and even jump off the nearby rocks and cliffs.
5. Wild Water West Waterpark, Sioux Falls
With its wave pool, water slides, lazy river, swim-up bar and multiple pools suitable for all ages, you're going to want to spend an entire day here! Open every day during the summer from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. 26767 466th Avenue, Sioux Falls.
6. Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, Hot Springs
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs has both an indoor and outdoor pool to splash in. The outdoor pool is smaller, but if you want to bask in the sun in between dunking, head out there. Otherwise, enjoy the slides and pools indoors! Open Monday through Friday 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. 1145 N. River Street, Hot Springs.
7. Lewis and Clark Lake, Yankton
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area is just full to the brim with natural beauty, and its beach and swimming area are no exception. You can also camp, hike, and enjoy boating or fishing here.
8. Splash Zone Waterpark, Brookings
This waterpark is part of the Days Inn in Brookings, but it's also open to the general public. The indoor waterpark includes a zero-depth pool, lazy river, a couple waterslides, and plenty of water cannons and sprinklers. 415 8th Street South, Brookings.
9. Watertown Aquatic Center
Visit the city of Watertown for a fun outdoor pool and play area that will keep you cool all day. The main pool has a zero-depth entry area, so it's suitable for swimmers of all ages. You'll find lots of interactive water features and even a lazy river. Open seven days a week from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. US Highway 212 and 3rd Street SW, Watertown.
10. Cascade Falls, Hot Springs
The swimming hole at Cascade Falls will keep your kids entertained for hours. Watch for poison ivy along the banks, and slather plenty of sunscreen on throughout the day. You'll find the swimming hole adjacent to the picnic area, along South Dakota Highway 71.
11. Spearfish Aquatic Center, Spearfish
The Spearfish Aquatic Center is two acres of H2O fun! The park has a lazy river, three waterslides, a zero-entry pool for little kids, an adventure walk...and a 400-gallon dump bucket. Open every day from noon to 7:00 PM. 122 Recreation Lane, Spearfish.
12. Pactola Lake, Pennington County
The largest lake in the Black Hills, Pactola Lake is well-known for its azure-blue waters. The beach here is nice, and the water is clean and clear.