What to do in Sioux Falls, SD?

Sioux Falls may not be at the top of your bucket list, but it’s a hidden gem that has received a lot of attention from recent travelers. The area filled with beautiful scenery, fun attractions, and great facilities for travel RNs. A few of our travelers gave us a sneak peek at what some of their favorite parts of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and we’re sharing them with you!

1. Butterfly House & Aquarium – Have you ever been to a butterfly house? It’s definitely something you’ll want to add to your list. There are over 800 free-flying butterflies from all over the world in the conservatory and you can walk through about 20,000 gallons of amazing aquarium views, including their pop-up dome, jellyfish exhibit, stingray touch pool, and the Pacific tide pool. The facility hosts all kinds of events for kids and adults. This week they have a whiskey tasting! (Sign us up.)

2. Falls Park – Just a short walk from downtown, you’ll run right into Falls Park. With over 123 acres of amazing waterfalls, you’ll have a chance for some amazing photos. They estimate about 7,400 gallons drop over 100 feet over the course of the falls every second. Take a look at some of the photos people are sharing of Falls Park on Instagram, but plan to visit yourself while you’re there. It’s 110% worth it.

3. Wild Water West Waterpark – Yes, we know it’s November and probably frozen over, but it’s never too early to start planning for summer, am I right? The Wild Water West Waterpark has so much more than just water. There’s bumper cars, mini golf, batting cages, paintball, sand volleyball, and more. It’s a great place for a full day’s worth of fun, especially if you’re bringing the family on the road with you. Grab a season pass and the whole family can have some unlimited fun while you spend your 13 weeks in Sioux Falls.


For a Great Meal in Sioux Falls: Carnaval Brazilian Grill 

Did someone say, Steak? Carnaval Brazilian Grill is one of the best Steakhouses in the city. They carve your meat right at the table using Southern Brazilian roasting and serving techniques. They even host live music throughout the week! They have some pretty stellar reviews too. Take a look:

“Loved my meal here. The customer service staff were friendly and busy at their jobs. The food was fantastic. I particularly enjoy the roasted pineapple and found all of the meats to be succulent. The salad bar here is massive and tastefully done. I prefer the Churrasco style of meal and if you have never been to Carnaval you really should”
D. H.

“We stopped in for dinner while in town on business. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The food was top notch. If you walked out hungry from this place it is because you chose not to eat. I would definitely go back on the next trip.”
Brian B.

“This place is amazing. Wonderful food, and world-class service. We’ve even gotten to know gauchos William, Harley, and Marcello a little over the past 7 years. Though we only come in sparingly, they remember us, our favorites, and are incredibly kind, interesting, and engaging. The atmosphere is relaxing and romantic. We can’t get enough!”
Ashley L.B.


For a sweet treat in Sioux Falls: Cookie Jar Eatery 

The Cookie Jar Eatery is a family owned and operated, local bakery and you’ll want to visit every single day. All of their items are made from scratch with the finest ingredients from family recipes that were passed down from generation to generation. They even have gluten free options! Take a look at what some of the locals think!

“This place makes some incredible cookies. A coworker brought some of them to work for us to all enjoy and I must say the vanilla frosted sugar cookies may just become addicting. Excellent price, soft texture with just the right amount of crunch and excellent frosting!”
Heather A.

“My family and I came out for the 2018 downtown Easter egg hunt. As the hunt began to come to an end, we got very hungry. We thought the cookie jar was just so cool that we had to go here for lunch. I will be completely honest with you, if you have not already done so, you have to try the cookie jar. The food was delicious and the prices are very fair. I wasn’t aware that the cookies were so big either.👍👍👌 ”
Charles K.

“I use the Cookie Jar all the time for business caterings. I’ve done cookies by the dozen, breakfast buffets, and sack lunches for meetings. The food is always fresh and delicious. They are always willing to work with my budget and have even created items specifically for my event not listed on their menu. Talk to Glen for catering or Elaine for custom baking needs. I LOVE this place!”
Greg K.


Our travelers really liked Sioux Falls during their assignments. Here is what some have shared with us recently!

“Sioux Falls was shockingly fun. I was expecting a small town vibe, but there is a ton to do and lots of friendly faces. Facility was super traveler-friendly too. Great place to make some connections.”

“Surprisingly, I like it here. I took it because the pay was pretty decent, but ended up liking the area. Extended a few times. It’s definitely cold, but the scenery is beautiful. Worth it, in my opinion.”


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