Catfish Bay is a 22-acre recreational ski park located on the outskirts of Sioux Falls. It is owned and operated by the Sioux Falls Water Ski Club, which hosts weekly waterskiing shows throughout the summer. These shows include human pyramids, jumps, barefoot skiing, ballet, lifts, and other thrilling events. A concession area, bleachers, and picnic area are available for warm-weather family fun.
The Empire Mall
With more than 180 retail shops and restaurants, the area’s largest shopping center attracts visitors from eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, and parts of Nebraska. The Empire estimates that 14 million shoppers visit the center each year to experience what many consider to be the best shopping between Denver and Minneapolis. Located just east of I-29, Empire is within walking distance of several hotels and restaurants.
The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History
The 45-acre Great Plains Zoo features over 600 animals from around the world including the Asian Cat Habitat, Bear Canyon, and the new African Savannah. Also, see the popular Children’s Zoo, which gives visitors a chance to interact with the animals. The Delbridge Museum of Natural History features an impressive collection of mounted animals from five continents displayed in simulated natural environments.
Wild Water West Water Park and Family Amusement Park
Open seven days a week beginning at 11 a.m., and covering more than 50 acres, Wild Water West is South Dakota’s largest amusement and water park. Located just outside of Sioux Falls, the park features – in addition to water activities – new, Indy and stock car style go-carts; 19-hole miniature golf; a bating cage complex; bumper boats; and much more.
Imagine a winery in South Dakota, made of strawbales. The remarkable insulating properties of strawbales means we are able to reduce the energy needs of the winery and recreate the controlled environment of the cellars and caves that have always played an important part in the maturation of wine. So come out and embrace the environment that has been created. Take a tour, see what we have to share with a glass of wine or a tasting of something new. www.strawbalewinery.com
At Falls Park, visitors can see the city’s namesake as well as some of the first buildings built in Sioux Falls. The park is home to the free, historic Wells Fargo Park Sound and Light Show, which is shown each evening one-half hour after sunset, weather permitting.
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
This is the region’s premier cultural, educational and entertainment center located in the historic former Washington High School in down Sioux Falls. The Washington Pavilion includes the Kirby Science Discovery Center, Wells Fargo CineDome Theater, Husby Performing Arts Center, Visual Arts Center, Leonardo’s Café and gift shops.
Old Courthouse Museum
This grand 1800s quartzite courthouse has three floors of regional history exhibits. Events include live music in the plaza, historic walking tours, and fun activities for kids. Free admission; free parking. Visit the Old Courthouse Museum online for more information.
Sertoma Butterfly House
Experience some of the bugs, butterflies, and plants Lewis and Clark observed while in the Dakotas. Over 800 free flying butterflies from around the world. Visit the Sertoma Butterfly House online for more information.
The Outdoor Campus
Great bird watching, butterfly gardens, two miles of hiking trails, South Dakota outdoor museum, 3,000 gallon aquarium. See www.outdoorcampus.org online for more information.
Thunder Road Family Fun Park
Go kart racing, NazKart racing, 18-hole miniature golf course, and more! See Thunder Road online for more information.
Sioux Empire Fair
Located at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, the annual Sioux Empire Fair has nightly grandstand entertainment, extreme carnival rides, mouth-watering food, hundreds of commercial and competitive exhibits, livestock, 4-H, horse shows, arts, flowers and much more!
USGS EROS Data Center
The Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center is a field center of the U.S. Geological Survey. EROS Data Center is the national repository of remotely sensed data of the Earth’s land surface. The Center operates an archive with more than 9 million photographs of the United States taken from aircraft and more than 4 million images from around the world acquired by sensors aboard several satellites. Daily tours.
J&L Harley Davidson
J&L carries an extensive line of Harley Davidson Motor clothes and Collectibles, Genuine Parts and Accessories and much more. See www.jl-harley.com for more information.
Features late model race cars and sprint cars, also hosts the World of Outlaws tour. Five miles east of Sioux Falls on Hwy 16. Visit www.husets-speedway.com for more information.
Sioux Falls Canaries Professional Baseball
Top-notch baseball, fireworks shows, between inning promotions, numerous giveaways, and various other entertainment acts make an outing at the ballpark and enjoyable experience.
Empire Golf Sport Dome (605) 332-3456
Northern Links Golf Course , 9-hole (605) 334-6679
Prairie Green Golf Course , 18-hole (605) 367-6076
Elmwood Golf Course , 27-hole (605) 367-7092
Kuehn Park Golf Course (605) 362-2811
Willow Run Golf Course , 18-hole (605) 335-5900
Bakker Crossing Golf Course , 18-hole (605) 368-9700