We came across Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this October (2017) on our way headed south for another stent in Wichita, Kansas as camp hosts. We had just completed several weeks in Minnesota with the Sugar Beet Harvest and made plans to meet up with Levi’s parents (also full time RVers) in Sioux Falls.
If we weren’t planning on meeting up with his parents for a few days, we most likely would have driven right through or at least stopped at Falls Park for a break to stretch our legs and have a picnic. RV parking, designated for day use only, is located on the north end of Falls Park, just across the street at the intersection of Falls Park Dr. and 2nd Ave.
This public park, a well-manicured landscape of 120+ acres, sits to the north central portion of the city. The park’s foundation is composed of the state’s oldest rock, Sioux Quartzite. Falls Park hugs the brilliant falls of the Big Sioux River. Thousands of gallons of water gush down the Fall’s combined drop of 100 feet each second! It is also home to some of the areas oldest buildings including the remains of a charred mill and intact hydroelectric plant which was converted into a cafe that serves lunch and dinner during the summer months.
Visitors can learn more about the park’s history by stopping by the visitor’s center/souvenir shop. Breathtaking panoramic views of the park and city can be reached atop a five story observation tower attached to the visitor’s center. It is free to the public and viewers have the option of reaching the top via stairs or elevator.
Outdoor enthusiasts can walk, jog,or bike down a 26 mile paved path. Bring your own meal and eat at one of the many picnic tables surrounding the Falls, some of which are sheltered and have electric outlets. A farmer’s market is held each year from May to October, and from November thru January, the park is brightly decorated to the nines, a Winter Wonderland, for spectators to delight in. Dogs are permitted in the park with the exception of entry into facilities and the farmer’s market.
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