The Big Sioux River running through Falls Park
Exploring landmarks in the heart of America
Located in downtown Sioux Falls, the city’s namesake, Falls Park is home to the Falls of the Big Sioux River and has been a focus of life in the region throughout history. Today the park covers 123 acres and each second an average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the falls. Welcoming visitors from around the world, Falls Park also offers a visitor centre with a five-story viewing tower, Overlook Café and historic ruins. This celebrated attraction is a must-visit, even being named among TripAdvisor’s top 25 parks in the United States in June 2013.
To further explore Sioux Falls’ history, visit Prairie Star Gallery and Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, offering a cultural experience best known to the first peoples who settled in Sioux Falls. The gallery offers all-indigenous goods that come predominantly from South Dakota’s Native American reservations and famous artists that have originated from the area. Good Earth State Park, South Dakota’s newest state park, is a National Historic Landmark. The river, abundant wildlife and wood for fuel, fertile flood plains, availability of pipestone and protection from winds made the area a crossroads of Native American civilization from 1300 - 1700 AD. Occupants here were primarily Oneota Indigenous Peoples. In fact, no other Oneota site of this size and integrity is known to exist in the U.S.
Entertainment and Attractions
International guests discover so much to do when visiting Sioux Falls. Enjoy culture in nationally renowned museums, art galleries, wineries and the vibrant downtown SculptureWalk. Have a blast with family and friends with activities like go-cart rides, water parks, hundreds of free-flying butterflies and an outdoor learning centre with hands-on activities. Visit the animals at the zoo, catch a round of golf or discover amazing sights at the Kirby Science Center.
The Denny Sanford Premier Center is a state-of the art, multipurpose events centre with seating for up to 12,000; several concerts have sold out the facility. The River Greenway Project is a highlight of the historic Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls and host to the annual RiverFest. An amphitheatre, improved walking trails, interactive water feature and two new pedestrian bridges were added. The Greenway is part of a larger 26-mile bike trail that encircles the city, following the Big Sioux River and offering scenic views of city parks.
Sioux Falls has exploded onto the food scene as of late, even being named in the New York Times. Foodies are raving about the local cuisine’s unique flavours and home-grown dining experiences here. Choose from elegant, eclectic and ethnic, or sample regional specialties such as hearty Midwestern steaks, gourmet game or freshwater fish.