Summer. It's so close you can almost feel it. In fact, with two 90-degree days already behind us, you know there will be even more ahead.

What goes great with hot summer weather? That would be cool water to splash around in. And that is what the "First Splash of Summer" is all about!

You're invited to this special event at the newly renovated Hayward Park at 400 North Valley View Road in Sioux Falls on Friday, May 19, at 4:30 PM.

You'll be able to see all of the Hayward Park renovations including a splash pad with shade structures and restrooms; an off-leash dog park with artificial turf and drinking fountain; a 1/4-mile concrete walking loop; an obstacle-style playground; and a large, irrigated lawn area for open space play.

A Hayward Elementary school student will be the person who gets to activate the splash park for the first time that day. That is why this event will be the official "First Splash of Summer", as all other Sioux Falls aquatic facilities will open on Friday, June 2.

So suit up or just be ready to make a splash this Friday, May 19 at the new Hayward Park Splash Pad!

Source: Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department

The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!


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