Sioux Falls is South Dakota's largest city and features an array of parks for relaxation and recreation. Over 70 parks and greenways are spread out across the city. Falls Park is a very well-known area in the city and it is here where locals and visitors can enjoy its famous waterfalls, relax, hike and picnic in the area. McKennan and Terrace Park are other great options for a day spent with the family. The park system features paved trails where you can cycle, jog or walk. Great Bear Recreation Park offers winter activities in the form of ski trips, snowboarding and tubing. Outdoor Campus offers star gazing activities for both young and old.
If indoor activities are more your style, the astonishing and beautiful St. James cathedral is a great day trip as is the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. For a road trip, The Corn Palace is located in nearby Mitchell and is a folk art icon. It is decorated with various murals, made from 12 different colours of corn. These murals are framed with straw, grass, rye and sour dock. This "shrine" to the agriculture in the area is uniquely American and worth visiting. Sioux Falls gets its name from the Sioux Native American tribe which once made its home in the area. The Kirby Science Discovery Centre will allow you a glimpse into the natural history of the area, while the Sertoma Butterfly house will give you the chance to see more than 800 free-flying butterflies.