12 Awesome Outdoor Attractions

Thinking Outside in Sioux Falls

Taking It Easy?

Start at the new visitor center to learn more about the cultural and historical significance of Blood Run.

Good Earth State Park at Blood Run

A natural oasis, South Dakota's newest park was a crossroads for Native American civilization thousands of years ago.

Take a stroll along the winding paths through the area.

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum

Native grasses and plants in a variety of habitats make the Arboretum a living exhibit of South Dakota wildlife.

Japanese Gardens

Situated near Covell Lake in Terrace Park, the gardens enchant visitors with exotic flowers, pagodas and more.

Japanese gardens

Don't Forget Your Camera!

Folk Off & Rib Challenge at Strawbale Winery

Vote for your favorite folk and Americana music performances and your favorite BBQ ribs! The winery's quaint, rustic atmosphere lets you kick back, relax and enjoy.


This free event, which takes place in late July, draws crowds every year with two stages of music, food, fireworks, beer and wine.

Past headliners include notable artists like The Fray, Grace Potter, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Sheryl Crow and more.

Falls Park

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Ready to Get Active?

Big Sioux River Recreation Trail

With more than 29 miles of paved pathway, the year-round trail is a favorite of active locals and visitors alike.

You can also take the water route, kayaking along through the Big Sioux itself.

City Parks

Pack a picnic and your disc golf gear! No matter where you stay in Sioux Falls, you're bound to have easy access to a great outdoor space.

Palisades State Park

Sioux Quartzite formations flank the Split Rock Creek in nearby Garretson, creating one of the most unique outdoor destinations in the state.

The Outdoor Campus

Experience the natural landscape of South Dakota through this joint project from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks with the City of Sioux Falls.

Golf Courses

Looking to hit the links? The city is home to both championship-level and smaller courses—each with its own unique features and amenities.

Great Bear Recreation Park

Enjoy winter sports, summer hikes and full food service concessions.