Sioux Falls Travel Guide

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Sioux Falls Things to Do

  • Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine...

    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...

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  • Falls Park

    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...

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  • Wild Water West

    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,...

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  • Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum

    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...

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  • Sculpture Walk

    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...

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  • Falls Park

    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.

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  • The Old Courthouse Museum.

    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.

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  • Sioux Falls Storm Indoor Football

    "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...

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  • Sculpturewalk

    If you go downtown, you'll probably notice sculptures made by local and regional artists placed in various sections of the area. These are part of Sculpturewalk, a program showcasing local and regional sculptures, you can even vote for your favorite one. While you are at it, you might also want to check out some of the local architecture of the...

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  • Falls Park

    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...

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  • The USS South Dakota Memorial

    The battleship USS South Dakota, designated BB-57, served with great distinction in the US Navy during World War II. The same class as the Alabama and Massachusetts, she was armed with nine 16-inch guns, twenty five-inch guns, and a formidable array of light anti-aircraft guns. Clearly, there would be no way to bring such a giant warship so far...

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  • Falls Park

    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...

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Sioux Falls Restaurants

  • Delicious and inexpensive Greek food!

    This is a quite small restaurant that a lot of people from the area aren't even aware of! It has a sort of Greek Isles/Santorini decor scheme inside and out and delicious food! Its specialty, as the name implies, is the gyro, but they have other Greek food as well. The restaurant is quite small inside but there is also a drive through if you would...

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  • Dinner with Family

    After driving all morning we were definitely ready for lunch. We met up with family and headed over to Ruby Tuesdays. The salad bar was fresh (I'm typically learing of salad bars that sit out all day, but this one was good) and everyone enjoyed their meals. Salad Bar, Chicken burger

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  • If you like food, this is the town is...

    Sioux Falls is a food-lovers paridise! If you like fast food, you can find a restruant on almost every street in town!! If fast food is not your style, there are plenty of other places to eat on the same street!

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Sioux Falls Nightlife

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    If you enjoy bleach blondes wearing tight faux leather jackets heckling comics when taking a break from text messaging during acts, then Fat Daddy's is the place to go. I was so irritated that I left. I personally apologized to the comic afterwards for the shabby treatment he received. It was embarrassing. Don't go to Fat Daddy's.....a huge waste...

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  • LIVE Comedy Shows

    Fat Daddy's Comedy Club is really new - my husband heard about it on the radio. It's in downtown Sioux Falls, so it's perfect for a night on the town! We had dinner at Minerva's and walked across the street for an awesome comedy show!! It was packed though and we barely got in. We hadn't heard of the comedian, but he was so funny! It was really...

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  • Another College Bar

    Another great College bar is Poppadox. A lot of the younger kids hangs out here. (21-30) the Poppadox is a college bar, so it won’t be in the best of shape. They have carpeted floors and they sometimes get sticky. Across the street there is The Crow bar. This is a little bit older (26-45) crowed but everyone here is really nice.

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Sioux Falls Transportation

  • Sioux Falls Airport: Joe Foss Field

    Joe Foss Field is the main airport in Sioux Falls and home to the F-16s of the South Dakota Air National Guard. Named after famous South Dakota fighter pilot Joe Foss, the airport is served by a few major airlines, including: United, Comair, Northwest, Mesaba, and Allegiant. The airport also hosts many private and charter aircraft, plus some cargo...

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  • The Interstates

    The Interstates are your friend around Sioux Falls, they provide access to just about everything in the city, and access to the rest of the state. One piece of advice though, they are generally well maintained by the DOT in winter, but its a good idea to practice winter driving skills and slow down before venturing out on them.

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  • Sioux Falls Transit

    Sioux Falls Transit has bues and a trolley that will take you around Sioux Falls. The Trolley only goes to Downtown and Falls Park however.

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Sioux Falls Shopping

  • If you like shopping, there is plenty of...

    Just like the food in this town, there is a place to shop on almost every street! The empire mall has quite a few stores and 41st street is nothing but shopping and food! Anything. But it seems like clothing is dominant. Depends on which store you're in.

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  • Empire Mall

    The Empire Mall has a lot of great shops and Old Navy will soon be moving In (as of 9/2004)Check out this link for a complete list of stores.http://www.theempiremall.com/pages/storedir/listingalpha/ The mall has a lot of clothing stores, but also a couple speacialty stores.

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Sioux Falls Tourist Traps

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    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Written May 17, 2005

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    Mr. Bendo, the giant muffler man in front of Buck's Muffler in Sioux Falls. This giant muffler guy has been there for years and is pretty cool. He's located down by several BNSF tracks and a park. If that doesn't take you there, just ask someone where Buck's Muffler is.

    Unique Suggestions: Watch for trains on the BNSF tracks, you might see a switcher or just a bunch of frieght cars.

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Sioux Falls What to Pack

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    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated Dec 5, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: There are alot of places to shop in this town, so be sure to bring an extra suitcase.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As the title says, be ready for anything. In the winter: bring a shovel, hat, gloves, mittens, and a big coat. In the Summer: bring an umbrella and a weather radio--It could storm or rain around 4:00pm-7:00pm.

    Photo Equipment: Don't forget the camera!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It's all outside the city. If you're looking for a beach, go to Florida!!!

    Miscellaneous: For more info on the weather here, check out my South Dakota page.

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Sioux Falls Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch yard-switching in the Sioux Falls...

    If you like to railfan, you might want to come down here sometime. The Sioux Falls Freight Yard usally has 2 BNSF switchers operating daily to move cars around, You might also catch one of the locals headed to Garretson or somewhere else on the Marshall Sub. But be careful, Downtown can be a little scary at night, and PLEASE stay off the tracks!!...

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  • The Depots of Soiux Falls

    If you go downtown, you'll find about four to five old train depots and several other restored railroad buildings. Only the Great Northern Depot is still used by the Railroad, the others have been converted to office and retail use. At one time Sioux Falls had 5 railroads, which explains all the structures. You'll also find a few old railroad...

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Sioux Falls Sports & Outdoors

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    by JennJenn Written Sep 30, 2003

    If you don't know what disc golf is, you're missing out. A great way to spend a day walking around without the investment of golf.

    Whip a frisbee-like disc at a basket and see if you can make par.

    This course has lots of hills and trees.

    Equipment: Bring a disc. Available in Sioux Falls at Scheel's on 41st St, starting at about $7.

    Disc Golf

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