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No family can resist a good deal — or a fun vacation. Sioux Falls is one of those places that does both with ease. While some may consider South Dakota a flyover state, those in the know recognize it as a Midwestern gem that comes alive in the wintertime. Called the "Heart of America," whether you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit or want to try a winter sport, Sioux Falls is full of surprises.
Discover a Winter Wonderland at Falls Park
Easily one of the prettiest and most distinguishable areas of Sioux Falls, Falls Park has been the city's epicenter since the mid-1800s. Today’s visitors can explore more than 123 acres by bike or by foot, making it a prime spot for families on the go. If you can swing a visit between November and January, the dazzling Winter Wonderland light display is sure to captivate. Last year's event featured more than 270 decorated trees and 26 miles of lights — and it’s only supposed to get better. For the ultimate family outing, stop at the Overlook Café in Falls Park for a delicious treat before hitting the greenway trails.
Cheer for the Home Team
Hockey reigns king in the Plains State as the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is packed with fans ready to cheer the Stampede to victory. Known for their ice capades, the players put on quite a show. If you want to be part of the Herd, be sure to check the schedule and order your tickets in advance because they do sell out.
Get an Adrenaline Rush
From snowboarding to tubing, Great Bear is where active families go to play. With eight tubing hills and 14 ski trails, you’re basically guaranteed to hit the slopes as soon as you arrive with virtually no lines. Whether you're just strapping on skis for the first time or have been boarding for years, newbies and pros agree: Great Bear Recreation Park is where the fun happens.
After watching the Stampede players carve up the ice, you may feel inspired to attempt your best triple axel. The entire family can twist and twirl to their hearts’ content at Scheels IcePlex. Aside from designated free skate times, Scheels also hosts curling competitions, local hockey teams and a number of pick-up puck games if you really want to test your skills.