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Empty Nester Itinerary

Ready to get away for the weekend and enjoy your significant other? A refreshing weekend away is just the ticket for rejuvenating your relationship—and for making new summertime memories together. Now that it’s just you two, you can do whatever strikes your fancy. Find an entire weekend of ideas to do in Sioux Falls, perfect for couples!

Day One

Breakfast: MB Haskett

Locals rave about MB Haskett’s crêpes, which are crafted in the French tradition (and taste great with a mimosa). Try both the sweet and savory option! The quiche is killer, too. Looking for a dinner hotspot? The chef prepares a special 3-course pre-fixe tasting menu Fridays and Saturdays.

Activity Idea: SculptureWalk

Our famous SculptureWalk hosts one-of-a-kind sculptures by global artists with a new line-up every year. You’ll find these varied works of art throughout downtown Sioux Falls. And because the outdoors is your gallery, you can grab a cupcake from Half Baked or a latte from Coffea to enjoy while you walk.

Lunch: MacKenzie River

Try delicious pizzas and some of the most savory burgers in town. MacKenzie River has a rustic vibe with patio seating for those warm summer days. Don't forget about dessert! Their Kentucky Bourbon Bites are to die for.

After Lunch Drink: Strawbale Winery

Strawbale Winery, set in an idyllic farmyard setting complete with chickens, has a tasting room built with bales of straw. Live music, Sangria Sundays, and the Summer Porch Series on Thursdays mean you should pull up a lawn chair and relax in the sun awhile.

Activity Idea: Old Courthouse Museum or Pettigrew Home and Museum

The Old Courthouse was finished in 1893 and, at the time, was the largest courthouse between Denver and Chicago. Explore sixteen hallway murals painted in the early 1900’s, plus three floors of regional exhibits. The Pettigrew Home is an elegant Queen-Anne Style home of South Dakota’s first senator. Guided tours are available.

Dinner: Parker’s Bistro or Morrie’s Steakhouse

Enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner for two in this cozy upscale bistro! Start with the spring rolls served with cashew mustard, then savor Parker’s twist on grilled tenderloin, fresh fish (scallops are excellent!), or duck for dinner. Be sure to sample their famous pavlova for dessert. Or go to steak heaven at Morrie’s, who serves up savory ribeyes and bone-in tenderloins in an elegant, fine dining setting.


Day Two

Breakfast: Queen City Bakery

QCB proves a buttery croissant and savory quiche are all you need in life—apart from your favorite tea and coffee selection, that is. Prepare to window stare at made-from-scratch goods like turnovers, teacake, scones, and savory or sweet muffins.

Activity Idea: Golf

Whether you’re a seasoned golf pro or a newbie, Sioux Falls has several golf courses where you can practice your swing. Many courses are open to the public and all are well maintained, so hit up the driving range or snag a golf cart for a round of 18 holes. Don’t forget sunscreen!

Lunch: Cookie Jar Eatery or JL Beers

Cookie Jar has savory soup and sandwiches—plus the best homemade cookies and bars in town. Try the chicken salad or Cuban sandwiches on your choice of made-from-scratch bread. Or grab a juicy burger (like the Mt. Mushmore® topped with mushrooms!) and fresh-sliced chips at JL Beers.

Activity Idea: Falls Park

Pack a picnic with your spouse’s favorites and claim a spot on the lawn at Sioux Falls’ main attraction, Falls Park. No time to pack a picnic? The Overlook Cafe, located in the park, has a patio that sits right above the river. You and your main squeeze can enjoy a first-rate view of the famous Big Sioux River Falls while devouring a tasty hot sandwich or ice cream cone.  

Dinner: Minerva’s

The best people watching spot in town, Minerva’s is a charming homage to the way restaurants use to be, with rich wood interiors and chandelier splendor. Or find a sunny spot on the patio, and enjoy classics like Chicken Oscar or Steak Michael with your glass of wine. You can always opt for the ever-popular, all-you-can eat salad bar, too.

After Dinner Drink: Carpenter Bar

Full from dinner but not ready to go back to the hotel? Keep the evening going and head to Carpenter Bar just down the street from Minerva's. This chic hotspot offers carefully crafted cocktails that will please any palate.

Arts & Culture Itinerary

Who wants to follow the crowd? Find interesting, not-on-everyone-else’s things to do in Sioux Falls. Leave the well-traveled path behind, and take the one less traveled. Trust us, it will make all the difference.

24 Hours for City Adventures

Breakfast: Queen City Bakery

QCB proves a buttery croissant and savory quiche are all you need in life—apart from your favorite tea and coffee selection, that is. Prepare to window stare at made-from-scratch goods like turnovers, teacake, scones, and savory or sweet muffins.

Activity Idea: Museum of Visual Materials

Tucked away in northern downtown, MOVM is a popular location for child and adult art classes—from card making to watercolor classes.

Lunch: Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen or The Market

Nearby the Museum of Visual Materials is Bread & Circus. This local eatery makes unique sandwiches packed with flavor, as well as serving a variety of fresh salads and appetizers. Enjoy your lunch on their covered patio to keep your perfect day going!

Downtown, just off Phillips Avenue on 6th Street, The Market offers an array of hand-selected artisan products. Try unique cuisine, cheeses, wines, and spirits while admiring decor any wine lover will appreciate. Opt for their “5 for $5” sampling of wines, and you can’t go wrong.

Activity Idea: Cathedral of St. Joseph or Gallery Walkabout

The first thing you see on the skyline flying into Sioux Falls is St. Joseph’s. The Cathedral was completed in 1919 and has stood as a symbol of the city for nearly a century. Most only admire from afar. But self-guided tours are available most days, and guided afternoon tours can be scheduled in advance. Admire religious artwork, French stenciled stained glass windows, a marble high altar, and a Kilgen pipe organ.

Want more modern art? Visit the city’s art galleries, most in easy walking distance. Start at Eastbank Art Gallery at 8th and Railroad in downtown. Explore regional fine artists’ work and check out featured artists’ shows coming up. Take a jaunt over to Rehfeld’s, featuring original artwork from over 25 local artists, and pick up a piece to take home. Further out is the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery on the campus of Augustana University which hosts nine exhibits a year—and includes works from Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse.

Dinner: Monk’s House of Ale Repute, Oshima Sushi Japanese Cuisine or Crawford’s Bar & Grill

Showcasing 150+ craft brews and with a reputation for discerning pours, Monk’s is the neighborhood pub for the locals—and don’t forget to try the Mashed Potato pizza. Or go Asian instead, and check out Oshima’s Rock Shrimp Tempura, Udon combos, and ramen bowl specialties.

Feeling more classic? Crawford’s Bar & Grill has a bejeweled wall-paper interior, complete with chandeliers and top-notch cocktails. Sample inventive entrees—like swordfish, philly cheese flatbread, or the popular weekend favorite, prime rib.

Activity Idea: McKennan Park Music or White Wall Sessions

Music genre schedules are as varied as the crowds that turn out on summer nights. McKennan Park music is generally held Monday nights, June through August. Prefer a more alternative vibe? White Wall Sessions offers shows at The Last Stop CD Shop, featuring original music by local, regional, and national artists. Check out past sessions on YouTube.  

After Dinner Drink: Fernson Brewing Company or WoodGrain Brewing Company

Top off your day exploring with a few last suds. Fernson has unique, seasonal choices—like the refreshing, crisp Farmhouse Ale. WoodGrain is on the ground floor of a corporate building and comes with cement floors, repurposed wood furniture, and ever-rotating, hand-crafted ales and stouts.

Family Itinerary

Road tripping this summer? From the crack of the bat at a ballgame to laughter at the zoo, summer in Sioux Falls is made for family fun. Cherish these long, sunshine-filled days on vacation with your little ones. Create more moments in South Dakota to hold onto for a lifetime. Find a weekend’s worth of adventures to fill your digital photo albums!

Day One

Breakfast: Phillips Avenue Diner

Ready for classic breakfasts, fresh salads, and a long list of unique milkshakes? This diner has everything you could want (including great coffee!). We love the belgian waffles with chicken tenders, omelets, and the battered french toast options. Special menus for junior appetites come with fun activities!

Activity Idea: Butterfly House & Aquarium

Get up close and personal with more than 800 free-flying butterflies from around the world in this beautiful tropical conservatory. You’ll also find a marine cove, featuring 13 fresh and saltwater aquariums, and the region’s only shark and stingray touch pool!

Lunch: B&G Milkyway

Original to Sioux Falls, this ice cream stand is like a flashback to the days of diners and drive-ins. The always-popular, homemade strawberry ice cream sells by the gallon. You’ll have a hard time choosing from slushies, dipped cones, malts, sundaes, and hot eats. With four locations throughout town, it’s a convenient (and tasty!) way to break up the hustle and bustle of the day.

Activity Idea: Kirby Science Discovery Center

With more than 100 exciting hands-on science exhibits, live science demos, music, movies, and a touchable tornado, kids of all ages will be entertained for hours! Admission includes unlimited films in the Wells Fargo CineDome—the perfect indoor solution for a sweltering summer day.

Activity Idea: Wild Water West Waterpark

Bumper boats, crazy slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and the Tornado Alley (a 55-foot water slide with a bowl that funnels riders in circles) make this place a kid’s paradise. Take swimming breaks and visit the batting cages, go-karts, or mini-golf, too!

Dinner Activity: Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball

Visit the Birdcage. The Canaries team is a part of the North Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Cheer on the players with great food in one hand and a cold beer (or pop, if you’re under 21) in the other. Theme nights ensure fun for the whole family!


Day Two

Breakfast: All Day Cafe

One of the best spots for brunch in town, All Day Cafe makes everything from scratch, and the atmosphere is hip and relaxed. They even have a patio for beautiful summer days. For mom and dad, they serve a superb Bloody Mary.

Activity Idea: Scheels

Besides a vast inventory, this hometown sporting goods store also has a child-smile-guaranteeing 45-foot-tall ferris wheel with 12 cars. And rides are only $1. Try your hand at sports simulators together, or grab a bite to eat at the in-store deli and fudge shop.

Lunch: RedRossa Napoli Pizza or Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Everyone loves pizza! Discover a family-friendly option in Sioux Falls serving Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pies, salads, and Italian food in a casually elegant setting. Don’t forget the gelato! Across the street is Potbelly Subs, with mountain-high subs to please the pickiest eaters—and whole dill pickles.

Activity Idea: Thunder Road or Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Put the pedal to the metal in one of Thunder Road Family Fun Park’s E85 go-karts and zip around the track at lightning-fast speeds. Try mini-golf, the Tilt-a-Whirl, bumper boats, water wars, human foosball, batting cages, and laser-tag, too. Fun times will be had by all.

Visit the Great Plains Zoo—and the kids can even take a ride on a camel in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face farm! If the kids get too hot strolling through the 45-acre zoo, just stop inside the Delbridge Museum of Natural History and cool off with a tour of 150 stuffed and mounted animals.

Dinner Activity: Picnic and Movies at the Park

Pack a picnic with your family’s favorites and claim a spot on the lawn at one of Sioux Falls’ parks. No time to pack a picnic? The Overlook Cafe, located in Falls Park, has a patio that sits right above the river. Stay for Moonlight Movies at Fawick Park with child-friendly showings beginning at dusk.

Foodie Itinerary

Ready for delicious discoveries? Adventures aren’t only for the great outdoors or far off destinations. Sometimes they are on your plate! Expand your palate and find a new favorite dish with tempting, outside-your-usual cultural restaurants, proudly showcasing ethnic diversity.

Day One

Breakfast: Phillips Avenue Diner

Start your morning off on the right note. Enjoy breakfast classics at the Phillips Avenue Diner such as omelets and fresh rolls. Their Banana Bread French Toast is a must-try!

Plum’s Cooking Company: A kitchen equipment shop with cooking classes in a gourmet, teaching kitchen will deepen your love of culinary favorites. On the rotation of instructors, David teaches breadmaking basics, including baguette and ciabatta recipes.

Activity Idea: Coffea

Coffea offers three locations to sip some of the best bean brews (and plaid-clad hipster viewing!) in the region. With world-wide products offered, Coffea serves up everything from Double Black Espresso to Jasmine Tea. Original art on the walls, sunny sipping spots, and comfy corners for brainstorming abound in each location.

Lunch: Lam’s Vietnamese Restaurant or Pho Quynh

Lam’s flies under the radar with stellar seasonal pho soup and crisp banh mi sandwiches and enough heat to make you sweat (if that’s your thing.) Compare pho at Pho Quynh, in an even more humble corner, but with broth that holds up a strong showing in the savory-and-satisfying test.

Activity Idea: Strawbale Winery or Remedy Brewing Company

Strawbale Winery, set in an idyllic farmyard setting complete with chickens, has a tasting room built with bales of straw. Live music, Sangria Sundays, and the Summer Porch Series on Thursdays mean you should pull up a lawn chair and relax in the sun awhile. Or head to Remedy Brewing Company for a flight of their craft brews. We recommend the Queen Bee Imperial Honey Cream Ale, Cow Tippah Chocolate Milk Stout and the Nonsense IPA.

Dinner: Sushi Masa Japanese Restaurant

Located downtown in a neighborhood nook, Sushi Masa regulars swear by the sashimi Mori and the cozy atmosphere.


Day Two

Breakfast: Josiah’s Coffeehouse and Cafe or Kaladi’s Bistro

Located just a few steps off of Phillips Avenue in Downtown Sioux Falls sits Josiah’s, a cheery, light-filled coffee shop and espresso-based drinks. Their gooey-good caramel roll is a true town treasure. Kaladi’s has a fiercely loyal following dedicated to its outstanding omelets, breakfast burritos, and savory waffle selection.

Activity Idea: Farmer’s Market at the Falls

Farmer’s Market at the Falls on Saturday mornings (May through October) offers the best in local produce, garden flowers, meats, and homemade baked and canned goods. North of downtown, this open-air eating opportunity warrants its own visit and a seat in the park to savor your finds.

Lunch: Jacky’s or Mama’s Ladas (Nikki’s La Mexicana)

A hidden gem, Jacky’s has multiple Guatemalan eateries with knock-your-socks-off margaritas and delectable tacos. A beloved hole-in-the-wall eatery in downtown, Mama’s Ladas has the city’s most highly sought after enchiladas (and offers takeout). Feeling adventurous? Behind a Mexican grocery store is quirky Nikki’s with quick-built, faster-eaten burritos and taco combo plates.  

Activity Idea: CH Patisserie

You don’t have to wait until after the meal to satisfy your sweet tooth. Indulge in homemade European-inspired pastries, cakes, and candies, like macaroons, tarts, bon bons, and caramels at this downtown gourmet dessert shop owned by Chris Hanmer, winner of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts.

Dinner: Shahi Palace or Sanaa’s Gourmet Mediterranean Restaurant

How about a trip East? Shahi Palace offers authentic Indian cooking, including tandoori dishes and naan. The butter chicken is an herb and tomato wonder, just saying. Or Sanaa’s Gourmet has more gluten-free, veggie-lover dishes like Hummus or Eggplant Mosakaa with Walnut Sauce!

Active Traveler Itinerary

The great outdoors beckons to you! Find energy and beauty in the wide open spaces and nature’s best displays in Sioux Falls. No matter if you’re traveling through or our Midwestern city is your final vacation destination, Sioux Falls is made for the outdoor explorer in all of us. Discover new adventures and memories waiting to be made at all our favorite recreational spots in (and around) the city!

Day One

Breakfast: Bagel Boy

Get ready for a day out with everyone’s favorite, carbs! Fill up to fuel up on all your classic toasted and non-toasted favorite bagel flavors. Cream cheese is not optional, by the way. Enjoy creating a to-go box (visit the Minnesota Avenue shop and enter trails early at Tomar Park), and eat your breakfast while watching the sunrise.

Activity Idea: The Big Sioux River Recreation Trail and Greenway

After breakfast, explore Sioux Falls’ 29 miles of paved trails by bike or foot. Trails create a large circle around town--and meander through downtown and several of the city’s parks. Find water fountains and public restrooms along the way. If you start north from Minnesota Avenue, you’ll end up in Falls Park (a perfect spot to stop for lunch).

Lunch: Falls Park

Dine at the Falls Overlook Cafe by the Big Sioux River waterfalls. Built in 1908, the building itself has historic charm, serving as the Sioux Falls Light and Power Company until 1974. With a patio that sits right above the river, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views while enjoying your meal.

Activity Idea: Great Bear Recreation Park Hiking

In the summer, this popular downhill ski area attracts novice and expert hikers alike. Trek almost four miles of trails surrounded by bluestem grass and wildflowers. After a morning of biking, this hike offers a breathtaking hilltop view of the landscape, while the bottom point provides cool shade under the Burr Oak tree canopy.

Dinner: Bros Brasserie Americano

Wooden floors, modern local art, and a rotating menu of on-tap craft beers await you at Bros Brasserie. Favorite dishes include their southern inspired shrimp and grits, to-die-for pork belly, or quail and waffles. Did we mention their lovely tree-covered patio? Perfect for summer dining.  


Day Two

Breakfast: All Day Cafe & Goodnight Bar

One of the best spots for brunch in town, All Day Cafe makes everything from scratch, and the atmosphere is hip and relaxed. They even have a patio for beautiful summer days. For the explorer in you, they serve a superb spicy Bloody Mary.

Activity Idea: The Outdoor Campus

Get excited about the great outdoors and learn valuable skills, too! Everyone can explore outdoor trails and put their navigational skills to the test using a compass and map (no GPS devices or smartphones here). Afterward, be sure to check out the rest of the museum and nearby Butterfly House & Aquarium.

Lunch: Oshima Sushi Japanese Cuisine or Big Rig BBQ

Head downtown for lunch. Go Asian, and check out Oshima’s Rock Shrimp Tempura, Udon combos, and ramen bowl specialties. Not a seafood fan? Big Rig BBQ, a former award-winning food truck, has a permanent home serving up melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket and swoon-worthy pulled pork.

Activity Idea: Palisades State Park

A quick 30 minute drive from Sioux Falls is a natural gem. An outdoor rock-climbing haven, Palisades State Park is evidence of how glaciers vastly impacted the lay of the land as 50-foot-tall quartzite cliffs (which are over a billion years old) tower over Split Rock Creek. Day pass is required, but picnic areas and hiking trails abound!

Dinner: TapHouse 41

This establishment serves burgers so gourmet, your mouth will water just reading the menu. Stick with traditional toppings, or dare to try something new, like their “Q” with Tennessee sauce, haystack onions, and dixie slaw on a brioche bun. Then choose from over 24 rotating taps and 40 bourbons to complement your burger’s unique flavor. Please note that you must be 21 to dine.