7 Activities to Put on Your Summer List

Big Sioux River Recreation Trail

Enjoy the picturesque views of the Big Sioux River from the Recreation Trail that follows the winding river as it loops around the city. This trail, often referred to as the bike trail by locals, is a paved trail of over 30 miles that accommodates biking, running, walking, rollerblading, you name it, all year long. Start and end at one of the many different parks that the trail passes through, including Falls Park. Bike rentals are available from several local shops.

Wild Water West Waterpark

Those warm sunny days are perfect for an outing at Wild Water West Waterpark! There are so many things to entertain everyone in the family including multiple water slides, lazy river, wave pool, go-karts, mini-golf, swim-up bar, and much more! If you don’t have fun here, well then, that one is on you.

Parlour House

Nothing hits the spot more than ice cream! Parlour House will take you on a journey with its many delicious flavors. Choose from an assortment of of ice cream, gelato, and sorbet. Let's be honest, you can't go wrong when it comes to this sweet treat!

Pettigrew Home & Museum

Take a step back in time at the Pettigrew Home & Museum. Home to South Dakota’s first senator, this museum showcases the many different artifacts and furniture when R.F. Pettigrew lived there in the late 1800s – early 1900s. See for yourself what a lavish lifestyle looked like during that era.


Try delightful selections such as fresh sushi rolls, or if sushi isn't your thing, then enjoy some food that is a little closer to home like their Bison Burger, Lobster Mac & Cheese, or Bourbon New York Strip. If you find yourself at CRAVE on a warm, sunny day be sure to grab a table on their patio with some great views of the Big Sioux River and downtown Sioux Falls.

Canaries Baseball Game

Take me out to the ballgame! Round up your travel companions and watch the Sioux Falls Canaries in America’s pastime. The in-game entertainment breaks will provide fun for kids of all ages. Capture some memories by grabbing a photo with their mascot, Cagey. Stick around after the Friday night games for a fireworks display!

Cocktails at Carpenter Bar

Let the bartenders at Carpenter Bar serve you up a craft cocktail that suits your palate. Located on Phillips Avenue in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls, Carpenter Bar has become a favorite for both locals and returning visitors. Their menu is constantly being refreshed to reflect the season, so you will always have something new to try.