Ah, summer is nearly here promising warm weather, sunshine, and longer days. Now that you are enjoying your retirement and have plenty of time to enjoy these long summer South Dakota days, you may be thinking about what you’ll do this year. Not to fret, the staff at Pine Hills Retirement Community in Hot Springs has plenty of ideas. We have years of experience and stories from our residents, in addition to all being locals. Join us in today’s post as we help you build your summer bucket list.

Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole

Cascade Falls is a constantly warm Artesian spring, hidden from the main road and speckled with exotic plants. Largely untouched and yet to be commercialized, Cascade Falls is a great place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the raw beauty of South Dakota. Wear your bathing suit and take along a picnic lunch with your closest friends and make the most of your day. To avoid a small crowd, visit on a weekday while the working-aged are busy clocking their hours.

Black Hills

Black Hills mountain range runs through Hot Springs and offers residents the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Whether you are a hiker or you are just looking to go for a casual stroll, Black Hills offers hundreds of miles of trails for all skill levels and modes of transportation. You can enjoy the forest and wild animals who call the area home. Make reservations to ride a horse or simply set up your camera and play Ansel Adams for the day.

Southern Hills Golf Course

Southern Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole public golf course that runs among the Black Hills to provide an unforgettable golfing experience. This golf course is known for its beauty and affordability, offering five different teeing areas, so there is no need to be an elite golfer to come play the course. Get out on the green at least once this summer and putt to your heart’s content.

Mount Rushmore

If you haven’t been already, or even if you have, make sure you take some time to stop by and visit Mount Rushmore. This incredible work of art is a must-see for all Americans who are interested in discovering the rich culture of our nation. And, the best part is, as a National Park you can use your free senior pass to visit it. Be sure to plan ahead and take full advantage of all the amenities and special events.

Pine Hills Retirement Community is nestled in such a beautiful area that we would be remiss if we didn’t include all the natural beauty the area has to offer on your bucket list. Whether you are from Hot Springs or you are a snowbird looking for your summer home in a comfortable retirement community, reach out to the friendly, helpful staff at Pine Hills for more information and to schedule a tour of our community.