Customized Itineraries for Your Group
There's so much to do in Sioux Falls that we want to make sure you find the perfect set of activities for your group's interests.
- In the City Itinerary
Plan your tour to include one of our spectacular events! Check out VisitSiouxFallsEvents.com for more detailed event information. The following is a sample of one of many day trips available in Sioux Falls.
The Outdoor Campus
The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls is a portal to a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Groups can try out activities such as hunting and fishing, cross-country skiing, shooting a bow and arrow, cooking wild game in a Dutch oven, gardening for butterflies, and much more.
The Outdoor campus offers two miles of walking trails, South Dakota Outdoor Museum, 3,000 gallon acquarium, bird watching, and a butterfly garden.
Butterfly House & Aquarium
The Butterfly House is home to over 800 butterflies from around the world. Chrysalises travel to Sioux Falls where they hatch into beautiful butterflies, housed with tropical flowers in a pleasant 80 degrees climate. The building also houses an aquarium, an extensive collection of fresh-water and salt-water sea animals. The cove includes two touch pools and interactive exhibits to learn about many of the fish and coral living in over 5,000 gallons of water.
Named for the Sioux Tribe of American Indians and the waterfalls of the Big Sioux River. Scenic Falls Park encompasses 123 acres and is located in historic downtown. A triple-waterfall spills an average of 7,400 gallons of water over a 100 foot drop each second. Falls Park is home to a visitor information center, five-story viewing tower, gift shop, and historic ruins. Falls Overlook Cafe, a renovated hydroelectric building offers great lunch options for groups.
Cathedral of Saint Joseph
The Cathedal of Saint Joseph stands tall above the Sioux Falls skyline. This Romanesque and French Renaissance structure was built from 1915-1918 and dedicated in May 1919. The present day Cathedral sits on the original building site of the first Catholic church in Sioux Falls, St. Michael's Catholic Church. A multi-million dollar, three year renovation, was completed in July 2012 and transformed the Cathedral back to its orginial grandeur and charm.
Pettigrew Home & Museum
Tour an 1889 Queen Ann-style home of South Dakota's first senator R.F. Pettigrew. Take a guided tour of the Pettigrew Home and Museum and browse the museum galleries to discover Sioux Falls' early years through artifacts, photographs, videos and more! The Pettigrew Home features detailed woodwork, gorgeous silk damask wall coverings and beautiful jeweled windows.
This former high school is constructed of pink quartzite rock. Housing cultural, educational & entertainment centers showcasing four areas including the Wells Fargo CineDome Theater and the Kirby Science Discovery Center, and six galleries in the Visual Arts Center. The Washington Pavilion offers local, regional and national performances, art exhibits and is home to Stan the T. Rex.
Downtown Sioux Falls
Dine at one of the many great local downtown restaurants. Along the way, stroll historic Philips Avenue and enjoy the charm of locally owned unique shops. Admire the pieces of the SculptureWalk which is a rotating exhibit of more than sixty sculptures from artists around the world. Every May, the winning "People's Choice" sculpture is bought for permanent display and new sculptures are introduced for the next year.
- Local Adventure Options
Great Bear Recreation Park
Great Bear covers 220 acres and features three distinct hiking trails. Totaling four miles, the paths range from a novice trail, to trails with a higher diffiiculty level. During winter months, clip into a set of skiis or a snowboard and choose any of the 14 downhill trails. The area is popular for its snow tubing hill and cross country ski trails.
Good Earth State Park
This sprawling land located just east of Sioux Falls is filled with various hiking and walking trails. Good Earth State Park is rich in Native American history, as this land was once a prized possession of Oneota Indigenous Peoples. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center where you can learn more about the significance of the area and how the land was used.
Palisades State Park
Palisades State Park is one of the most unique areas in South Dakota. Split Rock Creek is lined with pink quartzite rock with 50 foot vertical cliffs, wildlife and flowers. Scenic overlooks and rushing water make Palisades a popular getaway. The park is popular among campers, sightseers, picnickers, rock climbers and hikers.
A popular legend tells of Jesse James' daring escape just north of the Palisades area. After robbing a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, the James boys spend several days in a cave on Split Rock Creek. When Jesse finally abandoned the hiding place, he was surprised to find a posse close behind. Reaching Devil's Gulch, legend has it that he leaped across the sheer walls to elude the lawmen. A small foot-bridge now spans the gap, which is found two miles north of Palisades in Garretson City Park.
Big Sioux River and Greenway
The Big Sioux River is one of the most popular canoeing/kayaking rivers in South Dakota. It is a river with a slow current that meanders past rocks more than a billion years old, as well as early American Indian encampments, sites of old mills, rolling hills and excellent parks. Whitetail deer, turtles, waterfowl and numerous songbirds can be seen when paddling down the river. A 26 mile paved recreational trail follows along the bank of the river and wraps around the city and also going through Falls Park. For canoe/kayak/bike rental information contact the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- Native American Discovery Itinerary
Good Earth State Park
South Dakota's newest state park, Good Earth at Blood Run is a National Historic Landmark. The river, abundant wildlife and wood for fuel, fertile flood plains, availability of catlinite (Pipestone) and protection from winds made the area a crossroads of Native American civilization from 1300-1700 AD. Occupants were primarily Oneota Indigenous Peoples, including Omaha, Ioway, Oto and Yankton Sioux Tribes. No other Oneota site of size and integrity is known to exist in America! Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center where you can learn more about the significance of the area and how the land was used.
Named for the Sioux Tribe of American Indians and the waterfalls of the Big Sioux River. Scenic Falls Park encompasses 123 acres and is located in historic downtown. A triple-waterfall spills an average of 7,400 gallons of water over a 100 foot drop each second. Falls Park is home to a visitor information center, five-story viewing tower, gift shop, and historic ruins. Falls Overlook Cafe, a renovated hydroelectric building offers great tour centered lunch options.
Old Courthouse Museum
Explore Midwestern history at the Old Courthouse Museum. Completed in 1893, this Richardsonian Romanesque building includes a landmark clock tower, circuit courtroom and 16 wall murals painting from 1915-1917. This beautifully restored Quartzite building features three floors of regional history exhibits including several exhibits dedicated to the American Indians of the area.
Center for Western Studies
The Center for Western Studies serves as a repository for over 500 substantive collections and maintains a library in excess of 36,000 volumes on the American West. In addition, the Center holds an extensive art and artifact collection with permanent exhibits for Indian artifacts, Jim Savage Western Art Studio and a replica Norwegian living room. The Center rotates out several exhibits every year.
- Wineries & Breweries
Imagine a winery made of straw bales. Experience wine tasting in the unique structure or enjoy a glass in a rural setting. Strawbale Winery hosts wine tastings with more than two dozen grape and fruit wines available. The Winery holds events such as Sangria Sundays, Summer Porch Series, and their Folk Off & Rib Challenge. Enjoy a relaxing rural setting only minutes from the heart of the Sioux Falls.
Wilde Prairie Winery
Located just east of Sioux Falls is Wilde Prairie, a rustic, rural setting winery. Attend one of their annual events such as Harvest Festival, a popular event for wine enthusiasts. Enjoy a glass or two of their changing variety of wine, including Apple Raspberry, Pear, Prairie Red, American Frontenac and many more.
Prairie Berry East Bank
At Prairie Berry East Bank guests are able to sip, savor and enjoy all the flavors of Prairie Berry, a winery located in Hill City, South Dakota. Miner Brewing Co., sister company to the winery also is on tap in this historic building. The Prairie Berry Kitchen Menu features gluten-free options, locally sourced micro-greens and vegetables and wide variety of menu options that pair perfectly with our fermented beverages.
Sit back and relax in the taproom at Fernson Brewing as you enjoy music, games, and of course their delicious beer! If you're looking for a meal with your beverage, Fernson invites you to bring any food of your choice to enjoy right there in their taproom. They have six core beers that are always on tap, as well as a few other rotating beers in their taproom. If you're lucky you may even get a tour of the brewery! If you're in the area, be sure to stop by their downtown taproom, Fernson on 8th.
Hydra Beer Company
If you're looking for a casual atmosphere where you can enjoy both beer and food, then Hydra Beer Company is the perfect place for you. Their taproom has 24 tap lines that features their own beers, custom sodas and cold brewed coffee, as well as guest taps, bottles, and cans. Hydra offers complimentary popcorn and pretzels for snacks, as well as offering the ability to order food from nearby restaurants who will deliver it right to the door. The crew at Hydra also recently opened up Hydra Beer Hall, a downtown taproom.
WoodGrain Brewing Company
Located in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls sits WoodGrain Brewing, a microbrewery that is constantly expiramenting with their beers to create something unique to the palate. They have even partnered with a local coffee shop using their ingredients to brew a coffee flavored beer. In their taproom you will also find a good selection of regional beers as well as a rotating lineup of their own.
Monks House of Ale Repute
Home of Gandy Dancer Brew Works. Inspired by home brewed craft beers, the brew master teams up with local guest-brewers to create an unforgettable experience. Monks House of Ale Repute has become famous for its wide selection of beer, unique food options and its relaxing ambiance. Over 100 beer and wine options, rotating on a regular basis.
Remedy Brewing Company
Remedy is the newest kid on the block in the Sioux Falls brewery scene, though they have certainly made a name for themselves already. Located in the 8th & Railroad Center, this brewery has a large seating area, both indoors and outdoors. With a wide variety of great beers and also rotating guest taps, it will be hard to have just one. Looking for a meal? No problem! Remedy has partnered with their neighbor, K Restaurant, to provide a delightful menu of crafted dishes to pair with your brew.
- Foodie Tour
Queen City Bakery
Locals love this place for their pasties and other breakfast items. Enjoy made-from-scratch items such as croissants, scones, quiche, cookies, cupcakes, pies, and more. The list goes on and on! You'll just have to stop in and see for yourself why Queen City Bakery receives such rave reviews.
Sanaa's Gourmet Mediterranean
Owner and Chef, Sanaa has a focus on healthy, made-from-scratch Middle Eastern cuisine. Order the Shish Tawook with a side of pita bread and hummus, or stop by on Friday night or Saturday afternoon for a ten-course buffet, which includes many delicious vegan and gluten-free options.
This quiant little place has the hearts of many with their wood fired oven pizzas, but they have also recently expanded their menu to include a variety of sandwiches, pasta, and salads. Enjoy a top-notch dinner, or stop by in the morning for a baked roll or homeade bread. You can also head next door to Fernson on 8th for a cold brew to pair with your meal.
Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen
If you're looking for world-class sandwiches, this is your place. Recently new to Sioux Falls, the chefs at Bread & Circus have been plating some fantastic sandwiches and salads while pairing unique ingredients together to form the perfect combination.
Treat yourself to a 5-star meal at Morrie's by indulging on some of the finest dishes in the area. Enjoy one of their many steaks, bone-in meats, seafood and more. Other big hits include their lobster mac 'n cheese, bacon bleu hashbrowns, and jalapeno creamed corn.
Don't forget about dessert! Award-winning pastry chef, Chris Hanmer, has been serving up some of the best French pastries in the country for a number of years. Enjoy tiramisu, eclair, tarts, croissants, and macarons. With macaron flavors such as Nutella, Chocolate Pretzel, S'More, Pistachio and more, there's no way you'll be satisfied with just one.
M.B. Haskett Delicatessen
This downtown hotspot offers a casual yet intimate setting to go with their carefully crafted dishes. M.B. Haskett has an ever changing menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a savory crepe in the morning, or let the chefs treat you to a three course Prix Fixe meal on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Guac is all the rave, and no one serves up this Mexican dip better than Mama at Mama’s Ladas Enchilada Shop and Wine Bar in downtown Sioux Falls. In addition to their signature enchilada dish, locals rave about the just-right-for-summer red, white, and blended sangrias that pair perfectly with everything on the menu.
Enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner for two in this cozy upscale bistro. Start with the crab egg rolls served with bourbon mustard, enjoy Parker’s twist on grilled tenderloin, fresh fish, lamb, and more for dinner, and be sure to sample their famous pavlova for dessert. Pair your meal with a hand-crafted cocktail from the bartender.
Bracco World Island & Cafe
Relax at this unique and popular hotspot near The Bridges at 57th with a margarita on the patio, or indulge in an island-themed lunch of the seared ahi salad or fish tacos. If seafood isn't your thing, they have plenty of other menu cuisines on the menu that will make you feel close to home.