19 Incredible Things to Do in Sioux Falls
There are so many things to do and see in Sioux Falls, no matter what season it is. It's hard to narrow it down to just a few, so these are some of our top activity recommendations.
1. Thunder Road
Race some laps in a Go-Kart, play a round of mini golf, take a few swings in the batting cages, or head inside for some bowling, axe throwing, arcade games, laser tag, and more. Thunder Road has it all!
2. Levitt at the Falls
Enjoy free outdoor concerts during the summer in Downtown Sioux Falls at Levitt at the Falls. Hear from local, regional, and national artists of a variety of genres. Drinks will be available for purchase at each concert.
3. Eat a Macaron
If there's one food item that is an absolute "must-try" in Sioux Falls, it's definitely a macaron from CH Patisserie. We can assure you that you will be blown away by the creations of Chef Chris Hanmer, winner of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts Season 2.
4. McKennan Park
Take a walk through McKennan Park, located in a historic part of Sioux Falls, south of downtown. The tall, lush green trees provide an incredible backdrop for photos!
5. Movie at the State Theatre
There's no better place to watch a movie in Sioux Falls than at the historic State Theatre. After being closed for many years, the State Theatre has been brought back to life with stunning details inside and out.
6. Try Something New at the Outdoor Campus
Partake in one of the many free classes offered at the Outdoor Campus such as archery, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and much more!
7. Falls Park
A trip to Sioux Falls isn't complete without a stop at our namesake, Falls Park. Take in the view from the five-story observation tower and pick up something at the gift shop.
8. Butterfly Encounters
Make time to stop at the Butterfly House & Aquarium where you can walk around the atrium that is home to many different butterflies. If you are lucky you may even get one to land on you!
9. Brewery Tour
Make a stop at each of our breweries to enjoy some local craft beer! Each offers something unique for every palate.
Admire the amazing works of art that make up SculptureWalk in Downtown Sioux Falls. You'll see sculptures along the sidewalks everywhere you look!
11. Big Sioux River Recreation Trail
Enjoy some quiet time on our Big Sioux River Recreation Trail. As the name suggests, the trail follows the path of the Big Sioux River as it circles through the city for over 34 miles. Walk, run, or ride a bike - whatever floats your boat!
12. Good Earth State Park
Explore the hiking trails at Good Earth State Park! This pristine land sits a few miles southeast of Sioux Falls, and it plays a significant role in the Native American heritage. Be sure to also stop at the new Visitor Center.
13. Arc of Dreams
Be sure to snap a photo of the Arc of Dreams in downtown Sioux Falls. This stainless-steel wonder that stretches the length of a football field over the Big Sioux River will leave you in awe.
14. Kirby Science Discovery Center
Bring out the inner scientist in you by checking out the Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion. There's something that the whole family can enjoy!
15. Great Plains Zoo
The Great Plains Zoo is home to many exotic animals from around the world. Be sure to check out the Snow Monkey exhibit and the Brown Bear exhibit!
16. B&G Milkway
This local favorite has become a staple when it comes to ice cream. Foot traffic is constant through the doors from the day B&G Milkyway opens for the season. Enjoy tasty treats such as their long list of Avalanche flavors (their take on the DQ Blizzard).
17. Make a Splash
An afternoon at the pool is an afternoon well spent. Spend some time at Wild Water West Waterpark enjoying the many different pools and slides. Kick back and relax at this oasis!
Just a short drive to the outskirts of Sioux Falls and you can sip on some great local wine at Wilde Prairie Winery, Tucker's Walk, Humble Hill Winery, and Calico Skies all of which offer relaxing environments.
19. Cathedral of Saint Joseph
Tour the Cathedral of Saint Joseph to see the incredible beauty of this restored architectural masterpiece. There is not one bad angle for a photo here.
Of Course, We Have More
Don't worry, the fun doesn't end here. We only put together 19 activity ideas on this list but there is an endless amount of things to do.