Welcome to The Heart of America! Sioux Falls, South Dakota is proud to be the state’s largest city, the urban center of the region conveniently located at the junction of two major interstate highways (I-90 and I-29). We are rooted in our history of the Native American people, the Lakota Sioux, who once inhabited the area in addition to our agricultural beginnings. Located on the eastern corridor of South Dakota, Sioux Falls serves as the gateway to the state for international travelers utilizing Chicago and Minneapolis for direct international flights along with our own Sioux Falls Regional Airport that provides travelers 10 direct flights from U.S. major airports utilizing five airlines.
The cornerstone of Sioux Falls is Falls Park, home to “The Falls” of the Big Sioux River, a waterway system that has been flowing in its present course for 10,000 years. Falls Park is a beautiful 123-acre triple waterfall focal point and serves as the backdrop for our beautifully restored and vibrant downtown bursting with recreation, shopping and dining options. World Champion chefs have relocated to Sioux Falls to take advantage of locally sourced ingredients grown in the fertile soils of the region. The craft brewery scene has exploded and provides travelers and locals the opportunity to experience a wide array of locally crafted beers, ciders & ales along the downtown Brewer’s Row all within a five-block area.
Sioux Falls is the perfect destination to experience the region’s rich history, art and cultural offerings. Good Earth State Park, a short 15-minute drive, documents the life of one of the oldest sites of long-term human habitation in the United States. The Big Sioux River, abundant wildlife, fertile flood plains, availability of pipestone (catlinite) made the area an important gathering place and significant trading center for tribal peoples from 1300 – 1700 AD. It is the largest Oneota cultural site discovered to date in the upper Midwest. A new visitor center allows you to fully experience the daily life of these indigenous peoples.
Native American culture and history are beautifully preserved at both The Center for Western Studies (Augustana University) featuring archives and exhibits of early plains life and the Old Courthouse Museum’s permanent collection in the heart of the historic district of Sioux Falls.
Other key cultural “must-sees” are the Washington Pavilion, home to a performing arts center, a three-story science discovery center and seven art galleries, including one dedicated to Native American Tribal Art of the Plains Indians and one featuring ever changing exhibits of local artists. In addition, SculptureWalk in Downtown Sioux Falls is the one of the largest annual exhibits of public sculptures in the world. Each year 55 – 57 new sculptures are displayed throughout the city and individuals are invited to vote for the annual People’s Choice Award. The winning sculpture is then purchased by the city and becomes part of the permanent SculptureWalk collection.
Jackie Wentworth, tourism sales manager for the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau observes “Your days spent in Sioux Falls will be filled with history, art, culture, music of all genres and a bit of whimsey, plus your taste buds will squeal with delight. Sioux Falls is a ‘don’t miss’ place. It is a travel destination that will surprise you with such diversity and attraction options that you simply cannot see everything in just one trip. You will want to return for more.”