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Let's face it, family vacations are not cheap. Between the airfare, lodging, admission costs, and food for multiple family members, you scrimp and save, trying to budget enough cash each year to take a meaningful trip. Stress no more. A perfect weekend getaway that won't break the bank, Sioux Falls has been recognized as one of the cheapest road trip destinations in the country and as one of America's best value cities. There are plenty of outdoor pursuits and local attractions that are free or almost free, ensuring your itinerary is just as unique as your crazy Aunt Hattie is. Bargain hunters in search of a great deal, this one's for you.
Ride in Style
There are plenty of free ways to explore downtown by walking or biking, but by far our preferred method of transportation is the Sioux Falls Trolley. Running from Memorial Day to Labor Day for just a $1 a day (and free for kids under five), families can board the trolley from any stop in the city including Falls Park — as many times as they like. Designed to look like an old streetcar that's both convenient and kitschy, it's the perfect self-guided tour to get a lay of the land.
Root for the Home Team
When summertime rolls around, Sioux Falls residents look toward the Birdcage for entertainment. There, you’ll find the Sioux Falls Canaries, the local minor league baseball team with tickets that start under $10. But don't let the bargain prices fool you, the stadium offers everything the majors do, along with special theme nights held throughout the week. Every Thirsty Thursday, beers are just $2 until the end of the 7th inning, a fireworks show happens every Friday, and every Sunday the kids can meet the team and run the bases along with their favorite players.
Explore a Legendary Park
They say good things come in small packages, and it’s certainly true of Palisades. The second smallest state park in South Dakota, Palisades’ jagged peaks are known statewide for their rock climbing opportunities and renegade escapades. Famous for another reason, legend has it that this is also where Jesse James made his infamous “Outlaw Leap” after a major bank heist. If you'd like to emulate the feat on the run, a footbridge connects the canyon where he allegedly took flight.
Catch a Flick
Moonlight Movies in the park is another favorite summertime activity. Each Saturday night, a different family-friendly picture plays for free right by the replica “David” statue in Fawick Park. Make the most of your trolley pass by strolling around the SculptureWalk downtown before getting a to-go plate of Sanaa Cooks' tasty Mediterranean cuisine for a picnic. For more movie-time snacks, be sure to grab some treats from Half Baked before making your way to the show.