10 Cheap or Free Things to do in Sioux Falls

We love the options Sioux Falls has for family entertainment.

Going out on the town doesn’t have to be expensive when the whole clan is together. We’ve compiled our list of favorite things to do, and most include activities for kids of all ages. And the best part? All of our suggestions can be enjoyed for under $20 for a family of four or even free.

And parents, you might find yourselves having a ball, too.

#1 Watch Moonlight Movies in the Park

On Saturday evenings during the summer, grab the family, a blanket, and some snacks and head to Fawick Park for Moonlight Movies. All showings are kid-friendly and free!

If time allows, make a quick stop at Poppy’s Popcorn and grab a bag of homemade caramel corn. Hint: get the big bag—once you start eating it, you won’t want to stop!

#2 Bike the Big Sioux River Greenway

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather by picking up some Pickle Barrel subs, packing a picnic, and spending a day enjoying the sights of the city along the Big Sioux River Greenway.

The entire trail is 30 miles long, but you can park in many different areas if you wish to only bike part of it. If you start at Falls Park, you’ll have easy access to a rest stop before you head out. The kids can also get ice cream at the Falls Overlook Café. If you’re looking for a tree-lined path, park at Pasley Park and head toward Cliff Avenue. Check the park maps on the trail for rest stops along the way.

If you need to rent bikes for the day or a few hours, Spoke-N-Sport has both road and mountain bikes. The shop’s staff will even help you find the bike trail from the store.

#3 Spend Time Learning About the Great Outdoors

The Outdoor Campus is located within the city limits, yet has many opportunities for all ages to explore nature.

Admission to the museum is free. While there, check out the 3,000-gallon aquarium full of vibrant fish. Your family can also hike the two miles of walking trail or plan your visit around one of the super fun hands-on learning classes.

Instructors from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks as well as the City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department are experts at teaching archery, camping skills, fishing, kayaking, and more. And classes are often free! It’s easiest to stay up to date with their current events through the Outdoor Campus Facebook page.

#4 Take Advantage of Free First Fridays at the Washington Pavilion

The first Friday of every month, the Washington Pavilion has free admission to their Kirby Science Discovery Center and Visual Arts Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kids can participate in an art scavenger hunt and interact with exhibits that teach them about biology, climate, archeology, and other exciting areas of science.

Before the end of the evening, take advantage of $5 shorts films. The Pavilion’s four-story screen brings educational adventure cinema to life.

#5 Try Disc Golf at Tuthill Park

If you’re traveling with tweens and teens, we recommend playing a round of disc golf at Tuthill Park. Bring your own discs or pick some up at a local sporting goods store, such as Scheels. Also be sure to wear your athletic shoes as there are 18 “holes” to play. Afterwards, head to the sheltered picnic area to recover from your epic match.

#6 Become a Canaries Fan

You need to experience at least one baseball game at The Birdcage during the summer season. The Sioux Falls Canaries play many weekend home games each season. Before the game is over, try to grab a family photo with the mascot, Cagey. If you're at a Friday night game, don't forget to stick around afterwards for a free fireworks display!

#7 Cool Off in the Terrace Park Pool

If you’re looking for a way to keep everyone cool and have fun, our city’s pools have $5 admission for kids and $6 for adults. (Little ones 2 and under are free.) At Terrace Park, kids can take unlimited rides down the waterslides or stay in the pool all day. Certified lifeguards are always on duty, so moms and dads can lounge poolside while the kids splash and play in safety.

#8 Make Something at the Museum of Visual Materials

Be sure to pack a few “grubby” shirts in your suitcase. The kids may need them if they’re participating in an art class at the Museum of Visual Materials. Check the museum’s calendar for class times. If you don’t want to participate but still want to check out the art on display, admission is free.

#9 Attend a Free Concert

Before your visit, check the schedule at Levitt at the Falls. They offer 50 free concerts during the summer months at their outdoor venue. Bring your own lawn chair or rent one onsite to enjoy the sounds of various genres. Feel free to grab a meal to-go from one of the many nearby restaurants and bring it with you for the concert.

#10 SculptureWalk

Explore the streets of Downtown Sioux Falls to admire our SculptureWalk. Over 55 sculptures are placed along the streets for public viewing. This year-round display features sculptures that are replaced with new ones every year. Find voting slips along the way and choose your favorite sculpture. The winning sculpture will be purchased by the City of Sioux Falls and placed on permanent display.