Sioux Falls has an abundance of restaurants, events, museums, and arts. Whether you are looking for fun for the whole family or a romantic date idea, Sioux Falls has plenty of things to do.
So, what to do in Sioux Falls? It depends on the season and your interest. Scan this list to see what interests you:
The Festival of Bands. This band competition starts with a parade and features bands from all over the Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa. The bands battle it out for top prize. Come for the parade downtown, but stay for the competition. It will be held Oct. 1, 2011, Oct. 6, 2012, and Oct. 5, 2013.
Sioux Empire Fair. Nothing celebrates Midwestern culture better than the fair. A rich assortment of food, fun, arts, music, and competitions. You can stroll through the 4-H displays, eat a corndog, and finish the evening listening to live music.
Jazzfest. Jazzfest is an institution in Sioux Falls. It draws nearly 100,000 people from around the area. Its popularity continues to grow and every year exciting new acts sign on to perform. The best part? Jazzfest is free. Though parking does cost $10, it’s easy to avoid even this fee by biking to the event, riding a shuttle from Lincoln High School for $3, or riding the free trolley on Friday and Saturday night from downtown.
Sidewalk Arts Festival
Shows at the Pavilion
Kirby Science Museum (great for kids)
Wild Water West waterpark
Sledding at Tuthill Park (bring your own sled). Winter doesn’t have to be an excuse to stay inside. It can be a great time to have fun with the family. The hills at Tuthill Park provide the perfect way to get cold and have fun sledding. The rest of the year is a great time to enjoy Tuthill Park’s gardens and old growth trees. They have shelter areas that you can reserve for parties and family picnics.
Paddleboating at the Japanese Gardens. The Shoto-Teien Japanese Gardens at Terrace park feature the landscaping techniques of the Far East right at home in the Mideast. Take a paddleboat out on Covell Lake.
Swimming at Terrace Park. After paddling around in the paddleboats, go for
a swim in aquatic center at Terrace Park. There are pools and slides.
Laurel Oaks swimming pool
Bike trails. The Big Sioux Recreation Tail and Greenway is a 19.12 mille trail that begins at Falls Park and winds around Sioux Falls. It follows the Big Sioux River and takes one through many of the city’s parks along the way. The trail is maintained year-round.
The Zoo. If you haven’t been lately, come see the recent improvements.
Sports teams: Skyforce, Canaries
Local Wineries. Strawbale Winery and Wilde Prairie Winery offer a taste of sophistication, in a prairie setting. These wineries are short drive from Sioux Falls and are worth the trip.
Falls Park is a short scenic walk from downtown. It is also accessible via trolley. It features the namesake falls of the Big Sioux River. There are viewing areas around the falls, and original sculpture art dots the walk from from downtown. During the holiday season, lights make for a beautiful landscape.