Grab your nine-iron: Sioux Falls has golf for days.
Among 330 major U.S. metro areas, this modest city ranks among the top 20 cities in the nation for factors such as access, value, weather and quality.
Here’s a short list: Bakker Crossing Golf Course, 18 holes, championship quality; Elmwood Golf Course, 18 holes, city-run; Kuehn Park Golf Course, 9 holes, not too crowded; Prairie Green Golf Course, 18 holes, the best public course but comes with long waits; and Willow Run Golf Course, 18 holes, championship quality, privately owned but open to the public. Minnehaha Country Club and Westward Ho Country Club are typically reserved for members.
Looking for fun for the whole family? Check out the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. In addition to wildlife such as baby rhinoceros and Chilean flamingos, the zoo offers classes, camps and other activities. Another animal-related offering, the joint city-state program Outdoor Campus has classes on fishing, hunting, canoeing and camping and a huge stream-bank aquarium. In fact, Sioux Falls is overall a family-friendly place, jam-packed with activity parks. Adventurepark and Thunder Road Family Fun Park have miniature golf, go-karts and batting cages. For something different, check out the Catfish Bay and Water Ski and Stage Show. It’s a waterskiing comedy with water stunts, singing, dancing and acting. Not fast enough? Sioux Falls has Huset’s Speedway has summer stock car, modified car and sprint and “Outlaw Sprint” races and is a host of the World of Outlaws tour. The action takes place on Sundays and holidays from May through September.
How about taking the family through a 5.6-acre corn maze shaped like a walleye? Heartland Country Corn Maze has nighttime excursions, too, so bring a flashlight. Buffalo Ridge/Cowboy Ghost Town offers more local color, including animated exhibits that recreate life of the pioneer days. The coffee shop even serves buffalo burgers. But the city’s signature destination is Falls Park, where waterfalls cascade in the Big Sioux River. A five-story observation tower here offers incredible panoramic views of the city.