Falls Park in Sioux Falls
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Relaxing in Sioux Falls

By Wanda Goodman

Visiting Sioux Falls

In recent years, Sioux Falls, South Dakota has gained a reputation as an adventure-filled destination for outdoor-lovers and family vacations across the country looking to escape the hustle and bustle of their respective cities. From growth in locally-funded art projects to small businesses, Sioux Falls now offers more things to do than ever before, all thanks to the increase in visitors flocking to the area’s astounding outdoor activities.

Now, as one of the cheapest U.S. cities to travel to domestically, Sioux Falls shows no signs of slowing down. Wanda Goodman from TravelSouthDakota.com gave us a list of her all-time favorite local spots in Sioux Falls, and we’ve got the full scoop in the slideshow today.


Lemon Cream, Vanilla Meringue, Strawberry Sauce at C.H. 1

Photo Credit: C.H. Patisserie Facebook Page

C.H. Patisserie

C.H. Patisserie

309 S Phillips Ave #1, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

+1 (605) 275-0090
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11AM-8PM; Friday-Saturday 9AM-9PM; Sunday 9AM-4PM; closed Mondays.

Recently rated the second best pastry shop in the whole of the United States by MSN.com, this South Dakota sweets shop gives any fancy NYC bakery a run for their money. At C.H. Patisserie, expect sophisticated European-style pastries, including their signature french macarons, as well as more innovative menu items, like their renown loaded brownies and brioche breakfast croissants.

Falls Park 2

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Falls Park

Falls Park

900 N Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
+1 (605) 367-7430

On top of the Big Sioux River running directly through the property, the publicly owned Falls Park features an observation tower, the remains of the historic Queen Bee Mill, and a full-service cafe housed in the city’s historic former Light and Power Company building. Visitors can gaze at the city’s namesake waterfalls, share instagram-worthy photos taken on the Millrace Dam viewing landing, and picnic in complementary shaded, open-air areas near the local farmer’s market.

Exterior of The Great Outdoor Store in Sioux Falls 3

Photo Credit: The Great Outdoor Store Facebook Page

The Great Outdoor Store

Great Outdoor Store

201 E 10th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Open Monday through Saturday 10AM-8PM; Sunday 12PM-5PM

For the past two years, this hidden gem has been named one of the Top 100 Outdoor Stores in the U.S. by Outdoor USA Magazine. For decades, the Great Outdoor Store has served downtown Sioux Falls as the spot to grab name brand and local quality gear to prepare for any South Dakota adventure. Whether you’re preparing to rock climb, white water raft, or just take a hike with the family, this store and it’s local, knowledgeable staff has got you covered.

Fernson Brewing Company Taproom 4

Photo Credit: Fernson Brewing Company Facebook Page

Fernson’s Brewing Company

Fernson’s Brewing

1400 E Robur Dr, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

+1 (605) 789-3822
Open Wednesday-Friday 4-9PM; Saturday & Sunday 1PM-9PM; Closed Monday & Tuesday.

A local hotspot, Fernson’s Brewing offers tasting at multiple taproom locations throughout the city. Expect local, handcrafted beer ranging from ale to lager. The venue also hosts local folk music festivals and sells Dot’s Pretzel’s hailing from North Dakota, should you need a savory fix mid-pint.

JL Beers interior 5

Photo Credit: JL Beers

JL Beers

JL Beers

323 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

+1 (605) 275-2012
Open daily 11AM-12AM

Whether you’re a hard-to-please beer-lover or a die-hard foodie, your whole group will enjoy Sioux Fall’s JL Beers. Contrary to the name, JL offers an extensive menu featuring all-american burgers made with local red meat, signature “beertail” mixed drinks, and fries and chips prepared in cholesterol-free soybean oil for good measure. Choose from two locations in Sioux Falls, and be sure to take home an item from their locally-renown “beerware” shop.

If you’re looking for a true “local” experience, riddle us this: Where else can you buy a shirt that proudly states “Reality is an illusion caused by lack of good beer,” while washing down blue cheese fries with a hoppy local IPA?


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