North of the Missouri River sits Sioux Falls, a South Dakota city of both natural beauty and man-made historic values. There is quite an arts scene to be seen in Sioux Falls, as the parks and inner city are rife with sidewalk sculptures and other public artwork displays. Often called The Heart of America, the town consists of two elements—nature and American history.
The inner city is alive with locals and travelers, perusing the numerous shops, boutiques, museums, and restaurants on a daily basis. The city outskirts are comprised of mountains, cliffs, canyons, dense forests, waterfalls, and other gorgeous nature-made sights to see and explore. Sioux Falls is a place to hike all day, then head into the inner city for nightlife, sidewalk strolls, and art crawls.
Looking for fun attractions in Sioux Falls? You don't need to look far!
Falls Park is a gorgeous section of nature in Sioux Falls. The park is open daily from sunrise to well past dusk. There are several nature paths for leisure strollers and arduous hiking trails for fitness-minded adventurers—all leading to abundant waterfalls with an observation tower, picnic shelters, waterside sculptures, and a small café nearby.
The observation tower and café are seasonal, so pack your own lunch and bring a pair of good binoculars for the colder months. The last 30 years have seen major attention to Falls Park, which you will see in the historical markers and plaques around the trails and waterfalls. Other park features include clean restrooms, looping bridges, and the remnants of an old mill.
If you prefer snowy slopes to waterfalls, check out Great Bear Recreation Park on East Rice Street in Sioux Falls. One of the most popular ski resorts in the city, there are a total of 220 acres with several slopes and mountaintops. The highest elevation around 1,530 feet.
From beginner and family-friendly, to advanced and Olympic levels, the ski trails range from novice and bunny slopes, to cross-country, short bursts, and downhill. Also plan to go snow-tubing if you are here in the winter.
Aside from skis, rent, or bring your own or perhaps try snowshoes or a snowboard for a challenging tree-weaving trail. Be sure to warm your toes at the on-site ski lodge, where you can find fireplaces, warm blankets, and hot chocolate. Or, visit during the summertime when the local hiking trails open
Family-friendly fun in Sioux Falls sits on South Kiwanis Avenue at the Great Plains Zoo. Home to over 850 animals, the zoo grounds also boast the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. See 100 mounted animals [all having died of natural causes] and a plethora of science-themed exhibits. There are hundreds of interactive experiences for kids and adults alike, from a small petting zoo, to the upgraded bear experience that features educational narratives and up-close views.
Or, if you prefer wilderness and sea creatures, check out the Butterfly House and Aquarium on South Oxbow Avenue. Peruse sea life displays of live seahorses and jellyfish, watch the everyday leisure of different kinds of saltwater fish, and step into the habitat of over 100 butterfly species.
There is no shortage of fun things to do in Sioux Falls, which means you definitely need more than one afternoon. With that in mind, take a gander at these top-rated Sioux Falls hotels—Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center, Guesthouse Inn & Suites, Quality Inn & Suites, Springhill Suites by Marriott.
Stay a few days to experience everything the city has to offer!
Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center on North West Avenue is, according to past guests via Google and TripAdvisor, one of the best hotels in Sioux Falls. Perfect for business professionals, the hotel offers conference facilities, multi-lingual and knowledgeable staff, airport transportation and shuttle bus services, free high-speed internet, a business center with a couple of meeting rooms, and concierge and room service.
For fun on your business travels, you don’t even have to leave the hotel. Take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, hone your game on the tennis courts, and have a drink at the on-site bar and lounge.
The Guesthouse Inn & Suites
The Guesthouse Inn & Suites on West Russell Street is a family-friendly, much-loved favorite for guests to the Sioux Falls area. There are 43 rooms, each equipped with comfortable beds, nice bathrooms, and clean, comfy furnishings. The water pressure is superb, the staff is courteous, and past guests have raved about the free daily breakfasts.
Other amenities include free parking for guests, a heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub, self-serve laundry facilities, and a workout room with updated fitness equipment. Hungry for something more than bagels, muffins, and fresh-brewed coffee? Take a chance on Tomacelli’s Pizza. Create your own pie with custom toppings, or try one of their delicious, chef-created Italian dishes.
Quality Inn & Suites
Quality Inn & Suites is seated on North Granite Lane, with close proximity to the shops, restaurants, and activities in the Sioux Falls city. Award winner of the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the hotel provides essential, homey accommodations, such as clean, comfortable rooms, fresh and fluffed towels, and crisp, cool sheets. Other amenities include free hot breakfasts, an on-site bar and lounge, free parking for guests, a swimming pool and hot tub, and meeting rooms for corporate professionals.
If you have time to sample delicious spirits, stop in at the Strawbale Winery for wine tastings, scheduled vineyard tours, and live music performances. The wine slushies are a must-try!
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Springhill Suites by Marriott is located near West Empire Place, providing the perfect location for travelers that love to shop, dine, and have fun.
There are a selection of suites with accommodations that cater specifically to what a guest needs, such as a studio suite, king-sized suite, or queen-sized suite.
Expect each room to house a comfortable, plump bed, luxurious pillows and warm blankets, a well-furnished and separate sitting area, and a spacious bathroom.
Suites also feature a kitchenette with a microwave, counter space, and mini fridge. Other hotel accommodations include a heated indoor pool, a business center, a fitness area, free high-speed internet, and free daily breakfasts. Entertainment-wise, take a trip to the Empire Mall for hours of perusing and sampling from shops and eateries.
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