Last month, we wrote about some of the best things to do around our hometown of Rapid City. This month, we'll take a journey across the state, and tell you what to do if you find yourself in or around our state's most populous city, Sioux Falls.
1. Take a Hike
Falls Park is a free public park that's notable for being surrounded by many of the cities waterfalls. The park features a 29 mile scenic, low-impact trail along the Big Sioux River. Falls Park trails are open to folks on foot, bicycles, rollerblades, and more. And you're free to stop along the way to drop a line in the river, where Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Sauger, Walleye, White Crappie and Yellow Bullhead.
If you’re a fan of a more scenic garden, Tuthill Park might be your dream stroll, or if you’re looking to learn a little something while you enjoy the outdoors, the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum will be sure to pique your curiosity, especially if you have kids in tow.
2. Visit a Brewery
Explore some of the award winning beers Sioux Falls has to offer. Whether you’re ale or IPA fan, Sioux Falls will have something to quench your thirst. You cannot go wrong with the Hydra Beer Company, and you might want to bring your friends to Woodgrain Brew Company. Or explore on your own with a brewery hop. The opportunities are endless.
3. Learn Some History
Formerly the residence of Senator Richard Franklin Pettigrew, the Pettigrew House and Museum contains the most comprehensive preservation of the history of the Sioux Falls area. Wanting to preserve and tell the story of the area, Pettigrew collected artifacts such as stone tools, projectile points, Native American clothing, guns, natural history specimens, and items related to the settlement of the area. Today you can take a guided tour of Senator Pettigrew’s restored home. The home is arranged much the way it would have looked when Pettigrew lived here. Exhibit galleries tell the story of Pettigrew’s works and of a growing city on the prairie. Admission is FREE!
World War II enthusiasts will want to explore out USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, which features a lifesize approximation of the USS South Dakota (BB 57), which saw critical action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.
4. Learn Some Science
You might be surprised to hear that Sioux Falls is full of opportunities for inquisitive minds of all ages. Animal lovers will have a blast at the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Or if you’re more of a fan of creatures from under the sea, you might prefer exploring the Butterfly House and Aquarium. More interested in the land and sky than the creatures that inhabit it? Go visit the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.
5. Explore the Art of Sioux Falls
Now that you’ve gotten some exercise, had a drink, and enjoyed some educational opportunities, you might be in the mood for some great art. Well Sioux Falls has some wonderful exhibits and galleries. Check out the Eastbank Art Gallery to enjoy the work of some talented local artists. Visit the Horse Barn Arts Center for a multifunctional gallery in a restored antique barn. And lastly, in downtown Sioux Falls, take a stroll through the Sculpture Walk, fitted with new and unique pieces each year. Hope you enjoy your time in Sioux Falls.
Are you ready to pay Sioux Falls a visit?
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