Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s Largest City

Sioux Falls is a great place to spend a little more time and really experience your surroundings. Plan your tour to include one of our spectacular events! Visit for more detailed event information. The following is a sample of one of many itineraries available in Sioux Falls.

Location & Information

  • Southeast corner of South Dakota, at the crossroads of I-90 & I-29
  • Largest city in South Dakota, population close to 148,100
  • Days drive to Black Hills of South Dakota
  • More than 4,000 hotel rooms and several group-friendly, “home-grown” restaurants

Sioux Falls:  Group Tours Sample Itinerary

Begin your tour at the city’s namesake.  Along the Big Sioux River, Falls Park is 124 acres and is located near the downtown district. Each second, an average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the falls. Falls Park features a visitor information center and gift shop and a five-story viewing tower offering a panoramic view of the park.  See some of the first buildings built in SF:  foundation of an 1887 Queen Bee Mill, replica of its turbine house, and Sioux Fall’s original hydroelectric plant.

Head downtown to the Washington Pavilion. This former high school is constructed of Pink Quartzite Rock, quarried in Sioux Falls (tours of the quarry are available, call for details). The Washington Pavilion is a cultural, educational & entertainment center that houses four areas:

  1. CineDome Theater: Large format theater showing adventure films every hour.
  2. Visual Arts Center: Seven art galleries of national, regional and South Dakota art.
  3. Performing Arts Center: Broadway tours, musicals, dance and more.
  4. Science Discovery Center: Over 80 hands-on science exhibits.

Make your way to one of Sioux Falls fine restaurants for lunch. Stroll historic Phillips Avenue and enjoy the charm of locally owned unique shops, plus SculptureWalk, entertainment, and events.

Visit the restored 1800 quartzite Old Courthouse Museum, home to three floors of information on the region’s history.  The Pettigrew Home & Museum where you can tour the home of South Dakota’s first Senator. Guided tours of the house are available for groups. Together, these two museums make up the Siouxland Heritage Museums.

While you are in Sioux Falls historical districts, visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral.  The 1916-1919 Romanesque and French Renaissance structure is one of South Dakota’s largest cathedrals.  The Cathedral has undergone a two year major renovation.  Tours available beginning in August 2011, please call ahead to schedule a guided tour.

Have dinner at one of Sioux Falls dynamic restaurants!  Your options are endless with over 500 restaurants throughout the community!  Or make your way to Strawbale Winery for wine tasting in a building constructed of straw bales! Enjoy wine tasting and learn all about the process of producing South Dakota wine from locally grown grapes and fruits. Call ahead to make arrangements for a catered meal!

End your evening by attending the free, nightly Sound & Light Show at Falls Park. Listen to a historical narrative about the establishment and growth of Sioux Falls. The FREE show takes place each evening Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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