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The official guide to Sioux Falls, SD


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    The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Welcome to Falls Park 4Visitor Information 6Attractions & Entertainment 8Calendar of Events 24Arts & Culture 32SculptureWalk 33Public Art 34Shopping Destinations 38Dining Establishments 54Sports & Recreation 74Educational Institutions 80Medical Facilities 82Accommodations & Camping 86Visitor Services 100Places of Worship 104Coupons 106Fold-out City Map 107

    The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a team of friendly, enthusiastic professionals committed to making your visit the best ever! From national to regional to state events and conventions, or just a leisurely visit, Sioux Falls is ready to be your Host City. The CVB serves as the official point of contact for meetings, events, sports and tourism planners and offers many services and value-added extras to make your stay more enjoyable. We stand committed to exceeding visitors expectations by providing superior hospitality in the city best recognized as the Heart of America!

    For more information: Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 102 Sioux Falls, SD 57104 605-275-6060 800-333-2072 Fax 605-338-0682

    Directions to the Convention and Visitors Bureau: From I-90: Take Exit 399 (Cliff Ave.) south to 8th St. Turn west on 8th St. and continue to Phillips Ave. From I-29: Take Exit 79 (12th St.) east to Minnesota Ave. Turn north on Minnesota Ave. to 8th St., turn east on 8th St. and continue to Phillips Ave. The CVB is located in the Commerce Center on the corner of 8th St. and Phillips Ave.Photos throughout guide are by: Think Tourism USA, Rich MurphyBanbury Cross Photography and

    Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau unless otherwise noted.

    The Sioux Falls Visitors Guide is produced by Think Tourism USA for the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information and listings contained herein, the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau assumes no liability for errors and omissions.

    Were excited you are here, in the HEART OF AMERICA!


    FEATURED ON THE COVER...The Hegg Brothers, photographed in front of the State Theatre which is located in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls. The theater first opened in 1926 and will now be known as the Sylvia R. Henkin State Theatre, named for the longtime Sioux Falls business leader and city icon. Digital film will take patrons back to a simpler time where motion pictures provided an escape from the rigors of the outside world. When the theater re-opens, a wide variety of movies, blockbusters, childrens, foreign, independent and even classic movies will be shown.

    Cover Photo by Rich MurphyBanbury Cross Photography

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    We are proud to share our beautiful community with you. From parks to arts and culture, entertainment and attractions, shopping, sports, over 650 restaurants, exceptional healthcare, and excellent hotels and facilities, we are eager to have you experience the wonderful quality of life in the city we call home. Nearly 170,000 friendly citizens, fresh air, a safe city and beautiful blue skies are here to welcome you. Enjoy your stay!


  • The Falls of the Big Sioux River have been a focus of life in the region throughout history. Native Americans were the first to visit the Falls and bring stories of them to European explorers. The Falls have been the center of recreation and industry since the founding of the city of Sioux Falls in 1856.At Falls Park, located at 900 N. Phillips Ave., visitors can see the citys namesake, as well as some of the first buildings built in Sioux Falls.Today the park covers 123 acres. An average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the Falls each second.If youd like additional information about Sioux Falls, contact the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau at 605-275-6060 or

    NOTE: Buses and campers traveling to Falls Park via Phillips Avenue please be advised of a 12-ft. train

    trussel before entering the park.Free parking throughout the park!

    Falls Park Visitor Information Center 605-367-7430


    Winter Wonderland at Falls ParkFrom mid-November to mid-January each year, Falls Park becomes a spectacular Winter Wonderland with breathtaking lights throughout the entire park. Dont miss this enchanting winter attraction! See ad page 29.


    Falls Park Open Air ShelterThe Falls Park Open Air Shelter is home to the Falls Park Farmers Market and is available for large picnics, special events and more. The Shelter is 200 long by 42 wide with a 30 wide concrete walk. Electrical service is provided to each column and water service is available at both ends. An accessible restroom and playground are adjacent to the shelter.

    Biking & Hiking TrailsThe bike trail in Falls Park connects to over 26 miles of Big Sioux River Recreation Trail and Greenway as it follows the Big Sioux River and loops around the city. The existing trail system provides access to scenic areas along the river and provides recreational opportunities for many parts of the city.

    Horse Barn Built in the late 1800s as a horse barn, perhaps to house horses that must have worked any of the eleven stone quarries in existence at that time. Possibly it was part of a local creamery. No records exist to tell us, but the building is charming, none-the-less.

    Phillips to the FallsDowntown and Falls Park are joined by Phillips to the Falls, a walking/driving route down Phillips Avenue from 5th Street to Falls Park. Explore the park, then find your way to great shopping, dining, historical sites and the fascinating SculptureWalk.

    Queen Bee MillThe Queen Bee Mill ground its first flour on October 25, 1881. At the time of its construction, the seven-story mill was one of the most advanced in America. The mill burned in 1956, destroying the wooden roof and interior walls. It was constructed of Sioux Quartzite quarried on site. Home to Sounds at the Falls and moresee Calendar of Events.

    Millrace & DamOriginally constructed to provide power for the Queen Bee Mill in the 1880s, the dam was raised in 1908 to supply power to the hydroelectric plant. Today the millrace is a viewing platform.

    For Which it Stands Sculpture Created by James Haire, For Which it Stands was voted Peoples Choice in SculptureWalk 2006.

    Falls Overlook Cafe Enjoy dining with a view! Falls Overlook Cafe is located in Falls Park in the old Sioux Falls Light and Power Company hydroelectric plant, which was completed in 1908 and housed three 500-kilowatt generators. See page 55 for more details.

    Visitor Information CenterThe Visitor Information Center offers guidance to those visiting the city, as well as a five-story viewing tower for breathtaking views of the park and the city. Your HOT SPOT for Sioux Falls memorabilia. See page 6 for hours.



    900 N. Phillips Ave. (Phillips Ave. & Falls Park Dr.) 605-367-7430

    DIRECTIONS: From I-229 to Exit 7 (Rice St.):

    Take Rice St. west to Weber Ave. and turn right on Falls Park Dr. From Minnesota Ave.: On Minnesota Ave., take 6th St. east to Phillips Ave.

    Turn north on Phillips Ave. and take the first right into Falls Park.


    Let us help make your stay a great one!

    January 5-March 27 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

    March 28-April 24 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday

    10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

    April 25-May 22 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Daily

    May 23-September 7 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Daily

    September 8-October 18 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Daily

    October 19-November 8 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily

    November 9-19 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

    November 20-January 3, 2016 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday

    5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday

    10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

    January 4-March 25, 2016 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

    Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

    Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) E-6 Commerce Center Building 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 102, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

    605-275-6060 800-333-2072 Fax 605-338-0682

    for the citys largest selection of Sioux Falls memorabilia!

    Winter Wonderland November 20, 2015-

    January 10, 2016 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m. Friday

    10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

    Visitor Information Center Hours:


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    Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry D-5 1600 W. Russell St. 844-798-7296 Ad pg. 16 & 17 Opening Thanksgiving Day 2015! Not your typical pawnshop...with an in-house radio station, foundry, and shooting range. This brand new facility will have it all!

    Buffalo Ridge, SD 1880 Cowboy Town west of A-1 (I-90 Exit 390, 4 miles west of Sioux Falls) 605-528-3931 Ad pg. 22; Coupon pg. 106Over 50 animated exhibits of the American West and region. Ani


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