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Five ways to spend your free time in Sioux Falls

Kayaking down the Big Sioux River, courtesy Sioux Falls CVB

Falls Park, 131 E. Falls Park Drive

Check out the view from a five-story observation tower that overlooks the Big Sioux River and its three-tiered falls; stretch your legs along trails. Stop by the visitor information center to learn more about the 123-acre park.

Washington Pavilion, 301 South Main Ave.
This former high school shows off Sioux quartzite, a near-diamond-hard stone mined in the area. Inside, see a play or a concert, visit the Kirby Science Discovery Center, check out exhibitions in a visual-arts center, see a film in the Wells Fargo CineDome and have lunch in Leonardo’s Cafe.

Strawbale Winery, 47215 257th St., Renner, S.D.

This winery is famous not only for its fine wine, but also for its straw-bale construction. Hours vary. In the summer, stop by for the Summer Porch Series or Sangria Sundays, both with live music and food.

Kayak the Big Sioux River
For a more adventurous tour of the Big Sioux, travel it by kayak or canoe. Several companies rent all the equipment you’ll need for a day on the water.

Downtown Sioux Falls

Considered the city’s main street, Phillips Avenue is home to locally owned shops and boutiques, as well as restaurants ranging from casual patios to fine dining. Along the way, admire the Sioux quartzite used to build many older buildings in the area. Across the river, check out 8th and Rail Road Center, a shopping and eating destination.