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. Milkshakes at the Diner
Order one of the fantastic milkshakes at the Phillips Avenue Diner, such as their Chocomint Crunch, S'mores, or Whatchamaycallit. There's just something about enjoying a milkshake at a retro diner that gives you a nostalgic feeling.
Admire the amazing works of art that make up SculptureWalk in Downtown Sioux Falls. You'll see sculptures along the sidewalks everywhere you look!
3. Touch a Stingray
Make time to stop at the Butterfly House & Aquarium where you can touch a stingray in their Shark & Stingray Touch Pool. In the Butterfly House you can walk among hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil atmosphere.
4. 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!
5. Brewery Tour
Make a stop at each of our breweries to enjoy some local craft beer! Each offers something unique for every palate.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Big Sioux River Recreation Trail
Enjoy some quiet time on our 30-mile long 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. Walk, run, or ride a bike - whatever floats your boat!
10. 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!
11. 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!
12. Attend a Concert
The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center continues to bring in some of the top names in the music industry. Check their calendar of events to find an artist that piques your interest.
13. Great Plains Zoo
The Great Plains Zoo is home to many exotic animals from around the world. Be sure to check out their Snow Monkey exhibit and their Brown Bear exhibit!
14. 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!
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Pettigrew Home & Museum
Tour the Pettigrew Home & Museum, home to South Dakota's first Senator, R.F. Pettigrew. Get a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1800s.
19. 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).