10 Things to Do During This New Year

A new year means a fresh start. Perhaps you had some activities on your to-do list last year that you didn't get a chance to do. Well, let's make those things happen this year! Take a look at this list of ten things to do throughout the year.

1. Downtown Burger Battle

Start the New Year off with a couple of burgers. Scratch that. Make it 27 burgers! The 9th Annual Downtown Burger Battle takes place all month long in January giving you the opportunity to try burgers from 27 participating restaurants. You be the judge and score each burger on bun, toppings, presentation, and more.

2. Hit the Slopes

Winter is here and there’s no better way to enjoy the snow than with an outing to Great Bear for some skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. If you are a thrill seeker then this is for you. Feel the rush of air as you glide across the snow.

3. Ice Skating

Grab a friend and go ice skating at one of six outdoor ice rinks in Sioux Falls. You don’t own skates? No problem. Rent a pair onsite inside the warming houses where you can also get a hot chocolate to enjoy.

4. St. Patrick's Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns! After canceling the last two years the parade will be back in downtown Sioux Falls to celebrate all things Irish. Wear your favorite green outfit for this all-day celebration.

5. Loop Around the Bike Trail

By the time spring rolls around everyone will be itching to get outside and enjoy the nicer weather. Take advantage of this and get in some exercise on our bike trail. Rent a bike from a nearby shop and see if you can complete the 19-mile loop.

6. Levitt at the Falls Concert

Grab a spot on the lawn and listen to some talented musicians during one of the 50 free outdoor concerts at Levitt at the Falls. Bring your own lawn chairs or rent some onsite. There will be a wide variety of genres all summer long, so there will surely be something for everyone.

7. Picnic at a Park

Plan a picnic at your favorite Sioux Falls park. Order takeout from a local restaurant and soak up the sunshine and views of lush trees at one of our many scenic parks. Laugh with some friends or enjoy the peacefulness if you’re going solo on this adventure.

8. Dine on a Patio

There are few things Sioux Falls locals love more than eating a gourmet meal on a patio during those beautiful sunny days. Whether you’re having a full meal, some appetizers, or just drinks, there’s no wrong way to do this. Find the perfect spot for you.

9. See Your Favorite Zoo Animals

Zebras, bears, tigers, monkeys, and more. Snap a photo of your favorite animal at the Great Plains Zoo. Explore the many unique exhibits such as African Savannah, Asian Cats, or North America just to name a few. Your animal friends are waiting to see you.

10. Go Hiking

Get out and enjoy a hike on one of the many hiking trails in the area. Whether you’re looking for a nice leisurely stroll or something to get your heart rate up, there are options for you to choose from. Take in the calm sounds of nature and various lookouts along the way.