Visitor FAQ

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Where is Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls is located at the junction of I-29 and I-90 in the southeast corner of South Dakota, just a few miles from the Iowa and Minnesota border.

How far is Sioux Falls from other regional cities?

You can reach Sioux Falls from some of our neighboring cities such as Des Moines, Fargo, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Rapid City within a two and a half to six hour drive.

  • Omaha, NE - 180 miles
  • Minneapolis, MN - 235 miles
  • Fargo, ND - 240 miles
  • Des Moines, IA - 280 miles
  • Rapid City, SD - 350 miles
  • Kansas City, MO - 360 miles
What is the population of Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls has a population of 213,891 people, with an MSA population of 304,555 people, making it South Dakota’s largest city.

What time zone is Sioux Falls in?

Sioux Falls is in the Central Standard Time (CST) zone. The western half of South Dakota is in the Mountain Time (MT) zone.

What county is Sioux Falls in?

Sioux Falls is located in Minnehaha County and Lincoln County.

What is the sales tax rate?

South Dakota has a sales tax rate of 4.2%

How do you pronounce Sioux Falls?

Our city name is pronounced as "Sue Falls"

What is the average temperature in Sioux Falls?

Summer is filled with many perfect days in Sioux Falls where the sun is shining and it’s neither too hot nor too humid. The average temperature for each season is:

  • Summer: High 84F/Low 62F
  • Fall: High 60F/Low 36F
  • Winter: High 29F/Low 10F
  • Spring High 59F/Low 34F
Who are the top employers in Sioux Falls?
  • Sanford Health - 10,750
  • Avera Health - 8,298
  • Sioux Falls School District - 3,688
  • Smithfield Foods - 3,600
  • Hy-Vee Food Stores - 2,939

What airlines service Sioux Falls?

The Sioux Falls Regional Airport is serviced by five major airlines including American Airlines, Delta, United, Allegiant, and Frontier. There are a variety of direct flights into Sioux Falls from Anaheim, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix/Mesa, and San Diego.

How far is the airport to downtown Sioux Falls?

Travelers can get from the Sioux Falls Regional airport to downtown in five minutes.

How can I get around in Sioux Falls?

Both Lyft and Uber are available in Sioux Falls, as well as a variety of taxi services and the city bus system, Sioux Area Metro. Electric scooter rentals such as those from Bird and Lime are not available.

Do I have to pay for parking downtown?

Parking downtown is free on nights after 5pm and all day on weekends. However, you will need to pay for metered spots along the street and spots in parking ramps during weekdays between the hours of 9am-5pm.

What is there to do in Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls is full of things to do and places to see for people of all ages with things ranging from Falls Park, SculptureWalk, Washington Pavilion and more. Take a look at our full list of things to do and upcoming events.

Is there a cost to enter Falls Park?

Good news – Falls Park is FREE to enter all year long, including the entrance to the five-story observation tower. You can explore the park for an entire afternoon if you would like. Guests are allowed into the park between the hours of 5am – midnight, with parking lots available on the east, north, and west areas of the park.

Where can I bring my dog?

There are many shops and restaurants throughout Sioux Falls, including downtown, that are dog-friendly, just be sure to call ahead and verify. See a list of dog-friendly places in Sioux Falls. There are also several off-leash dog parks in Sioux Falls: Family Park, Lien Park, Spencer Park, and Kirby Dog Park.

What is chislic?

Perhaps you aren’t aware, but South Dakota is most commonly known for chislic when it comes to food. So what exactly is chislic? Traditionally, it is cubed pieces of lamb that is fried and topped with garlic salt, although it is sometimes served as steak cubes instead of lamb. Give it a try if you come across it on a menu. When in Rome, right?

Are there any state parks in the area?

Yes, there are three state parks within a 45-minute drive of Sioux Falls. Good Earth State Park, Newton Hills State Park, and Palisades State Park.

Where can I rent a bike to ride on the bike trail?

Bikes can be rented from a couple of different places including Nyberg’s Ace downtown location, Spoke-n-Sport, and Sioux Falls Bicycle Company.

What are your largest convention facilities?

For those looking to hold a large meeting, convention, or tradeshow we have a variety of facilities to meet your needs. Our largest space is the Sioux Falls Convention Center complex which is also connected to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and the Sioux Falls Arena. Additional large options include The District, Best Western Plus Ramkota Exhibit Hall, Sanford Pentagon and more.

How many hotel rooms are in Sioux Falls?

There are over 5,000 hotel rooms within the Sioux Falls city limits, including four properties located downtown.

What are your largest fields and facilities for a sports event?

We have a variety of facilities to suit your needs based on particular sports. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is a 12,000 seat venue that can be used for basketball, volleyball, hockey and more. Additional sporting fields and facilities include Yankton Trail Park for soccer, Sherman Park, Harmodon Park, Sanford Diamonds, and Sioux Falls Stadium for softball and baseball, Scheels IcePlex for hockey, Howard Wood Field for football and track & field, and the Sanford Pentagon is a multi-use facility that can seat up to 3,200 people.

How many hotel rooms are in Sioux Falls?

There are over 5,000 hotel rooms within the Sioux Falls city limits, including four properties located downtown.