8 Fun Indoor Ideas for Winter

While Sioux Falls is a year-round destination with plenty of fun outdoor activities during the winter season, sometimes we all just need a break from being outside, so here are eight ideas for things to do indoors during the winter season.

Tropical Escape at The Hello Hi

Bring on those tropical island vibes at The Hello Hi with one of their many signature tiki cocktails. Sipping on a delicious piña colada, mai tai, or daiquiri will have you dreaming of beach days in the sun. This is a 21+ establishment, but they also have plenty of non-tiki and non-alcoholic options in addition to pizza from Pizza Cheeks!


Shop for that hidden treasure at one of the many antique stores in Sioux Falls. Find everything from vintage home décor, collectibles, signs, glassware, toys, and so much more! You just never know what you’re going to find at antique shops.

Cooking Class

Enjoy a unique dining experience at a cooking class hosted by Plum’s Cooking Company. Chefs put together a curated menu for a specific theme and they will show you step-by-step how the meal is prepared. Find themed classes such as Mediterranean, pizza, and Latin just to name a few. View the current list of upcoming cooking classes.

Sweetman Planetarium

Explore the state-of-the-art Sweetman Planetarium at the Washington Pavilion. As one of the most advanced planetarium systems in the country, you can enjoy programming such as stargazing, live space launches, films, and more.

Freshly Baked Breads

Stopping at local favorite, Breadico, is a great way to start your day. The scents of their freshly made loaves of bread hit your nose as soon as you walk through the door. Pick up a loaf of one of their many daily breads, or even cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, and croissants. With so many delicious options to choose from you may have to restrain yourself from buying everything.

Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate from The Source! While this coffee shop is known for whipping up some flavorful lattes and espresso, its hot chocolate is an underrated treat that is not to be missed. Mixed with a perfect balance of chocolate sauce, milk, and whipping cream, the hot chocolate hits the spot on those cold winter days.

Shop 'til You Drop

How does an afternoon of shopping sound? The Empire Mall includes stores like Lululemon, Sephora, Anthropologie, Loft, and Coach for example. With over 140 retailers you’ll likely need to devise a shopping strategy to ensure you hit all the stores on your list.

Arcade Games

Bring out your competitive side and see if you can set the high score on games at EightyOne Arcade Bar in Downtown Sioux Falls and Dave & Buster’s at Lake Lorraine. Both places offer a wide range of games that can be played solo or include several people to join in on the fun. Grab a beer, enjoy a bite to eat, and get to playing!

Winter Adventures

More winter fun awaits including sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and the rest of your seasonal favorites.

Let It Snow!