The entertainment and leisure value available in Sioux Falls is unparalleled for the region. The jobs, the economic prosperity, the easy access to a healthy economy is all so well documented in local media and is receiving national fanfare — but what about the local entertainment?

The play, the leisurely activities, the fun? What will I do with all my free time, and what does Sioux Falls have to offer?

The most impressive factor nevertheless is the versatility and ingenuity of the city's continued growth that molds the local culture, physical landscapes, and neighborhoods into creative activities and attractions that keep residents stimulated.

First and foremost, our Downtown is an endearing concentration of entertainment galore. Downtown Sioux Falls is currently going through an urban renaissance that has brought national attention to the city's historic core.

The more recently restored Falls Park is a regular must-visit. In the winter, it becomes a Winter Wonderland charmed with Christmas lights and decorations that complement the often snowy and chilled landscape. From spring to fall, the Park hosts a wide variety of events and activities, ranging from farmers' markets to cultural events like Germanfest and Oktoberfest that celebrate the city's German heritage. In the not-so-overwhelming heat, the Downtown area becomes a hotbed for some more unique activities, like a sporty and dynamic Corvette show (if you have one, we'd love to see it!) in July and localized block parties featuring community performances that showcase regional talent.

Our largest Downtown museum and event center, the Washington Pavilion, also keeps the region engaged by providing venue space for year-round local talent like the Sioux Falls Symphony, and attracts internationally renowned Broadway acts and large-scale theatre productions to the area. SculptureWalk acts as a sprinkling of 55 sculptures and pieces that can be found throughout Downtown streets showcasing different talent and creative innovation, that change every year with the exception of a few notable pieces like our very large resident Michelangelo's David replica that greets visitors to our Downtown's eastern edge.

Outside of Downtown, the city also hosts various venues and activities to provide year-round exploration. The newer Denny Sanford PREMIER Center attracts international sensations like Dolly Parton, Elton John, Cirque du Soleil, and Disney on Ice for enjoyment of the city's residents and visitors.

For sports fans, Sioux Falls features the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL Tier 1 Junior hockey, minor league baseball with the Sioux Falls Canaries, indoor football with the Sioux Falls Storm and the Sioux Falls Skyforce, an NBA D-League affiliate of the Miami Heat.

Immerse yourself into the Sioux Falls lifestyle and you'll realize the value of all the entertainment options that our city has to offer.

What it means to me

Never Have to Say I'm Bored

by Thane Barnier

In Sioux Falls the question isn't "what is there to do," the question is "what do you want to do?" While I may be perfectly happy curling up every night with my favorite book, I have 21 nieces and nephews who have to be in constant motion, or the deadly scourge of boredom overtakes them. When I first visited Sioux Falls I was expecting a little Midwest community without much to do, maybe a couple movie theaters or visiting the same museum three times a year when they might get around to changing their exhibits. How wrong I was.

I wasn't expecting the 45-acre Great Plains Zoo, which features over 1,000 animals with constantly changing exhibits. I wasn't expecting the Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science, a massive center for the performing arts, visual arts and science education. I wasn't expecting unique Sioux Falls attractions, like the Butterfly House & Aquarium, and I certainly wasn't expecting three large state of the art movie theaters.

There's always something to keep the kids entertained, whether it's a trip to the water park, cosmic bowling at one of our four bowling alleys, or a few rounds of laser tag or paintball. That said, the kids aren't the only ones who need entertaining. There are plenty of things for adults to do as well.

Date night doesn't always have to be dinner at the same restaurant and arguing over which movie you can both endure at the same theater. Get creative and enjoy a cooking or painting class together. Experience the arts with a trip to the South Dakota Symphony or the Olde Towne Dinner Theater. Maybe slow it down and enjoy a serene walk through the Shoto Teien Japanese Gardens. You can even get adventurous and do a little kayaking on the Big Sioux River.

If you're bored in Sioux Falls, it's your own fault. There is always something to do, something to see and somewhere to go, whatever your interests may be. There's always something going on to be a part of. That's just one of the many reasons I chose to bring my family to Sioux Falls. Life here is never boring.