Sioux Falls Things to Do

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    Falls Park

    by lar-n-me Updated May 1, 2004

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    This park has a lot to offer.. 6 viewing platforms..trails.. fishing..history.. a relaxing day if anything.
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    This 42-acre park is home to the namesake of the city, the falls of the Big Sioux River. The very first town of Sioux Falls was laid out on this site before its abandonment in 1862. Today, some of the highlights of the park include the ruins of the Queen Bee Mill and the Sioux Falls Light and Power Company hydroelectric plant, both on the east side of the falls.

    The Queen Bee flour mill was originally a seven-story building constructed in 1881 by R.F. Pettigrew. The mill was never successful and the building was used for a wide variety of things over the years. In 1956 a fire destroyed the building.
    The hydroelectric plant was built in 1908. It later came under the ownership of NSP and closed for good in 1974.
    The Horse Barn, which was reportedly used for city maintenance horses, is today an art gallery and workshop for local artists.
    The Falls Park Visitors Center is an essential part of any visit to the falls. The center boasts a five-story observation tower, with an elevator to the top, which provides an unsurpassed view of the falls and the surrounding area. The main floor contains an information center for Sioux Falls and South Dakota attractions along with a great selection of area souvenirs.

    Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD

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    Great Plains Zoo

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated May 21, 2005

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    The Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls is pretty nice and has a good assortment of animals. It has some rather unique ones such as: a Red Panda, some Snow Leopards, and some Siberian Tigers. The place does require some walking, but it's not too bad. Overall it's a nice place to visit if you come here. If you like to see "stuffed" animals, this zoo has a good collection of those too.

    A young Snow Leopard at the Great Plains Zoo A Canadian Lynx at the zoo The Red Panda at the zoo fall colors at the zoo
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    Sertoma Butterfly House

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated May 21, 2005

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    The Sertoma Butterfly House has a large butterfly flight room, where you can go and see many different species of butterflies flying around, if you're lucky, one may land on you! Just be sure not to take it into the gift shop with you!

    A butterfly at the Sertoma Butterly House
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    The South Dakota Battleship Museum

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Written May 19, 2005

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    The South Dakota Battleship Museum is worth visiting, it is the outline of the actual battleship with a building that contains parts from the actual ship in it. The Ship served in World War 2 and was nicknamed "Battleship X". The building also has a video about the ship and a giftshop in it.

    South Dakota Battleship Museum South Dakota Battleship Museum The propeller from the battleship, South Dakota
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    Falls Park

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated Aug 1, 2005

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    The Falls the city was built around are showcased in this park. If you're visting Sioux Falls, I recommend that you stop here first. You can walk around viewing platforms near the falls or go into the tower on the site and see a spectacular view of the city, Just don't go up there on a windy day, Falls Park is right next to Morrell's! If you're looking for food, go check out the Falls Overlook Cafe. Located in the old NSP plant, the Falls Overlook Cafe has various snacks and other food. Be sure to check out Falls Park, it's Sioux Falls star attraction.

    The falls at Falls Park. Falls clousep This is how Falls Park looks at Chritsmas The Falls Overlook Cafe, which used to be an old N You know it's cold out when the falls are frozen.
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    Falls Park

    by Tom_Fields Updated Dec 3, 2005

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    Falls Park features the waterfall that gives Sioux Falls its name. Here, the Big Sioux River goes over the falls, which are made of pink quartzite. The remnants of the old Queen Bee Mill, built in 1887, are stil plainly visible. Also visible is what's left of the hydroelectric plant, constructed in 1908.

    Since I visited, a new Visitor Information Center has opened up, with an Observation Tower. This is one of the best municipal parks around. While here, if you have time, stroll along the Big Sioux River, through downtown. It offers some fine hiking and excellent views of the city.

    Falls Park, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota The rapids, in Falls Park Walking along the Big Sioux River Trees cover part of the walkway
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    Falls Park

    by Ericasmurf99 Updated Mar 27, 2010

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    In addition to the beautiful falls; there is also the Old Bee Mill, House Barn Art Center, the 5 story observation tower (also the visitor center), a cafe, and various statues through out the park.

    View from up high
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    Falls Park

    by JennJenn Written Jan 15, 2004

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    Right next to downtown Sioux Falls, the Falls Park features the Falls of the Big Sioux River. The 42-acre park also includes the ruins of the Queen Bee Mill and a hydroelectric plant. Inside the park in also an old horse barn that now houses an art gallery and workshop for local artists. The park's visitor center has an observation tower so you can get a bird's eye view of the falls--and some of downtown Sioux Falls.

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    Sioux Falls Storm Indoor Football

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated Jan 17, 2008

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    "The Biggest, (And Best) Show in Town". The Sioux Falls Storm is one of the coolest things to see in Sioux Falls. Part of the United Indoor Football League, the Sioux Falls Storm plays during the spring and summer months in the Sioux Falls Arena, And in 2004 were champions of their conference. Most Storm games start at 7:05 PM and end at around 10:00 PM. The entire game is fun and exciting, it feels like a big party at times! If you are in Sioux Falls when they have a home game, I highly recommend you check it out! ( If you enjoyed the game and want storm stuff to take home, then I recommend that you check out the storm shop, they'll have everything you're looking for.)

    (August 2005) ---- The Storm are the first ever United Indoor Football, United Bowl champions!!

    (July 29th, 2006) ---- The Storm have an undefeated season and win the United Bowl, making them back to back champions!

    (The Storm had another undefeated season in 2007.

    The giant football they setup outside the arena. Storm players Blizzard, the Storm Mascot

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    Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum

    by xoxoxenophile Written Feb 18, 2013

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    This is by far the best zoo in South Dakota, and it's always expanding so it's definitely worth a visit. They have all the typical animals--lions and tigers and bears, oh my!--plenty of North American animals, and then some rare animals like Amur Tigers, Eastern Black Rhinos, the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, the Giant Anteater, the Siamang Gibbon and many more! It's definitely a pleasant zoo and a nice place to go in Sioux Falls. The Delbridge Museum of Natural History is connected to the zoo and is a nice place to stop off in the air conditioning and learn more about animals as well.

    Entrance to the Asian Cats area Jacob's Sheep Grizzly bear Peacocks roam free at the Great Plains Zoo A tortoise
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    Wild Water West

    by xoxoxenophile Written Mar 22, 2013

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    A water park that features a wave pool, a lazy river, a swim-up bar, several large waterslides, bumper boats, kiddie pools, and a pretty awesome pirate water attraction for kids, as well as batting cages, paintball, go-karts, mini golf and more! If you're in Sioux Falls in the summer, it's a nice place to hang out and cool off. Great for kids, families, young people, pretty much anyone.

    Waterslide at Wild Water West Go karts at Wild Water West Waterslide at Wild Water West
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    Sculpture Walk

    by riorich55 Written Sep 26, 2010

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    Unfortunately, I only had about 45 minutes to explore the downtown area of Sioux Falls on the morning I was leaving town. A few days prior I had driven through the downtown area on a cold, rainy day and saw a number of interesting sculptures and shops and thought I would go back the next day after work and browse around for a little bit.

    But the fates (or should I say local management) decided it was a better use of my time to drive up to Aberdeen, SD for a few days and assist some of our people up there with their new handheld computers (it was indeed a better use of my business time). Anyway, I made sure to squeeze in the limited time I had left to do a brisk photo walk through the downtown area where I was able to get a glimpse at some truly outstanding art work.

    I've included 4 pictures with their titles along with a travelogue of the other pieces I took pictures of. Altogether I believe there were about 40 to 50 pieces of artwork in the downtown area. And from what I've seen on the website this is a yearly sculpture competition.

    Comedy/Tragedy Wings Red Cloud Flower Dancing in the Wind
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    Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine Cove

    by xoxoxenophile Written Jan 28, 2014

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    As a kid, I remember often visiting the Sertoma Butterfly House, which is very close to the Outdoor Campus, where on weekends we went to the outdoors programs for kids. Recently they added on the Purdy Marine Cove as well, so there is even more to do there. The price did go up a little with the addition of the marine cove, but it's a fun way to spend an hour or so. There are TONS of butterflies in the butterfly house (if you wear bright colors they'll even land on you!), and now they have lots of tropical fish as well, plus a touch pool where kids can touch stingrays and sharks.

    Butterfly Tropical fish Inside the butterfly house Butterfly on a stem Stingrays in the touch pool
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    The Old Courthouse Museum.

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Written May 26, 2008

    The old Minnehaha County Courthouse is a really cool building with some unique exhibits inside. The building features a clock tower, murals, nice stairwells, a beautiful courtroom, cool gift shop and several other features. The exhibits change through out the years.

    Old Courthouse Museum Lobby of The Old Courthouse Museum One of the Stairwells in the Old Courthouse Museum A mural in The old Courthouse Museum Clocktower of The Old Courthouse Museum
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    Falls Park

    by xoxoxenophile Written Jan 28, 2014

    Pretty much anyone who lives in Sioux Falls or the surrounding area has visited Park Falls. Sioux Falls was named for these waterfalls, and this is a really nice park, especially on a sunny day. Obviously, since it's a park it's free to visit, and there are a few other things there besides the falls to see--some statues and the ruins of an Old Mill, a couple of bridges so that you can cross to the other side of the falls too. There are always people there climbing on the distinctive red rocks, and believe me, it's quite fun. :)

    Park Falls The Falls Waterfalls Falls from the Bridge Falls from the other side
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