5 Ways to Soak Up
Summer in Sioux Falls

We are fortunate to live in a city that has so much to offer year round. Yet, there is something special about summer in Sioux Falls. Take a look at these five great ways to make this summer the best one ever!


1. Have a blast at Day Camp/Vacation Bible School

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It’s a week full of fun and adventure at Day Camp and Vacation Bible School right here at Westside.

Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade will love Day Camp, where staff from NeSoDak will come to lead them in Bible study, music, arts and crafts, and games. 

Preschoolers aged 3-5 can sing, dance, wiggle and giggle their little hearts out at Vacation Bible School. They’ll also take part in age-appropriate activities that will connect them to Bible stories that will stay with them for a lifetime.


2. Make a splash at Sioux Falls’ city pools and Wild Water West

With three wading pools, six outdoor pools and Pioneer Spray Park, Sioux Falls has an incredible variety of ways to soak up summertime fun. Up for more adventure? Take the quick drive to Wild Water West for thrilling waterslides, bumper boats, go-karts, and mini-golf or simply relax around the lazy river.

3. Go wild at the Great Plains Zoo

From cute and cuddly to creepy and crawly, the Great Plains Zoo is home to over 1000 animals. Catch a zookeeper talk, ride the Savannah Express Train, or even feed a giraffe! Plus, just for the summer, the zoo has two very special guests, Moki and Burra, koalas on loan from San Diego zoo. Seriously. You need to see their adorable faces.



4. Hit the trails

Sioux Falls boasts over 20 miles of paved trails circling the city, much of which run alongside the Big Sioux River. Grab a bike, skateboard, or rollerblades or simply walk or run through lush wooded areas and the wide open prairie.

5. Park it

Did you know Sioux Falls is home to more than 80 public parks? Find playgrounds, disc golf courses, picnic areas and more. Don’t forget to visit our namesake, Falls Park! Also, just a short drive away are several beautiful state parks including Good EarthNewton Hills, and the Palisades, each with hiking, biking and camping opportunities.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore all that Sioux Falls has to offer this summer.