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Top highlights for a three-day trip in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

postedOctober 18, 2022
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Sioux Falls is the perfect “off the beaten path” group-tour destination. Located in Eastern South Dakota at the junction of Interstates I-29 and I-90, Sioux Falls is a mix of art, culture, history, and culinary exploration.

Below is a sample three-day itinerary of what your time in Sioux Falls could look like, but know that any itinerary can be customized to meet your group’s needs.


Day 1

Stensland Family Farms

Tour this family-owned dairy farm located just 30 minutes from Sioux Falls. The milk produced on this farm is used for ice cream, cheese, freshly bottled milk, and more. You can even sample the ice cream!


Good Earth State Park
Good Earth State Park

Good Earth State Park

This beautiful state park chronicles a day in the life of a village of 8,000-plus Indigenous peoples who inhabited the area from A.D. 1300 through 1700. The visitor center features exhibits focused on the cultural and historical significance of the site.


Falls Parks
Falls Park

Falls Park

No visit to Sioux Falls is complete without seeing the city’s namesake, Falls Park. Take in the view of the park from atop the five-story observation tower. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the Falls Overlook Café, where you can sample more offerings from Stensland Family Farms.

Washington Pavilion

The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment, and science. This historical building is home to six galleries that feature changing exhibits. The Mary W. Sommervold Great Hall offers a wide variety of touring Broadway productions, musical performances, and more.


Day 2

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum

The arboretum is a serene 155-acre plot with historical and cultural relevance, colorful remnants, stone quarries, rail lines, and building foundations. Learn about East Sioux Falls’ early days and the impact the quarry had on the beginning of what is now Sioux Falls.

State Theatre
Sioux Falls State Theatre

Sioux Falls State Theatre

The historical State Theatre was built in 1926 to showcase silent film and vaudeville performances. This majestic theater was a true destination with its iconic marquee and sophisticated Beaux Arts-inspired

design. It eventually closed in 1991 and fell into disrepair, but it has now been restored to its original grandeur.

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McCrossan Boys Ranch Visitor Center

The founder of McCrossan Boys Ranch had a vision to create “a home where boys would find new hope for a better life.” Nearly 70 years since its opening, it’s safe to say that vision has come true. Tour the visitor center where you will learn about the history of the ranch along with the day-to-day activities of the young men who call the ranch home.

Wilde Prairie Winery

This family farm is located north of Sioux Falls. Its owners have been growing grapes for 25 years and harvest more than 2,000 vines each fall. Enjoy a wine-making facility tour and a tasting of five different wines.


Day 3

BronzeAge Art Casting Foundry

Hot metal. Cool art. At South Dakota’s only sculpture foundry, you will see the inner workings of the foundry and learn the process of a clay sculpture as it turns from molten metal into a bronze sculpture. BronzeAge works with artists to create sculptures not only in the region but also across the U.S.

USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

The Battleship Memorial features the outline of the USS South Dakota and a museum dedicated to its time in World War II from 1942 to 1947. The USS South Dakota is one of the most decorated ships in the war.

Old Courthouse Museum

This restored 1890s building is a National Historic Landmark that features a clock tower, a circuit courtroom and law library, and 16 wall murals painted between 1915 and 1917. Opened as a museum in 1974, the building houses permanent and changing exhibits that focus on the natural and cultural histories of the Siouxland region.

Pettigrew Home & Museum

Richard F. Pettigrew, South Dakota’s first U.S. senator, purchased this home in 1911 and arranged for the building to be donated to the city upon his death in 1926. A seasoned traveler, Pettigrew collected artifacts from all over the world, and many of these items are now on display. Tour the restored home and attached museum with galleries that detail the area’s natural and cultural histories.


SculptureWalk
SculptureWalk

SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams

SculptureWalk is an exciting exhibit of over 65 sculptures displayed year-round in downtown Sioux Falls. Each year, the exhibit displays an entirely new slate of sculptures. Be sure to also see the capstone of SculptureWalk, the Arc of Dreams. This permanent sculpture stretches across the Big Sioux River 85 feet above the water.

View a complete, detailed itinerary

For more information, contact Experience Sioux Falls' Jackie Wentworth.

Photos by Experience Sioux Falls