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Top 10 things to do on the Big Sioux River

August 13, 2018

The Big Sioux River, or BSR, is synonymous with Sioux Falls (of course the shared name helps).  You can see it wind and twist throughout the city, and the most your interaction is with the BSR is the view from your car over 10th and 11th street bridges.  When it comes to the BSR, there’s no place in the city that celebrates it better than downtown Sioux Falls.  From live music, dining, and outdoors activities, there’s something for river-visitors of all ages. If you’re ready to experience the BSR, check out these 10 Things to Do on The Big Sioux River.


10. Kayak & Canoe

You’ll always see people enjoying this aquatic transportation on the BSR.  Need a kayak or canoe?  Rentals are available at Nyberg’s Ace.  Need a place to drop-off/pick-up? Check out at this map.


9. Yoga on the Water

Not only will you tap into your flow and sculpt your body, but it’s for a great cause!  This popular event takes place outdoors with a sunset view of the BSR and all donations go to the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program.


8. Downtown Riverfest

The annual “party on the river” is a classic downtown event with live music, food trucks, canoe rides, fireworks and more.  You still have time to attend this year’s event August 18.  Click here for the 2018 Riverfest Guide.


7. Become a “Friend” of the BSR

Do you want to make a difference?  You can help be the change by becoming a friend of the BSR.  This organization creates awareness and unites the community to help the keep the BSR clean.


6. Dine

Enjoy not one, not two, but three classy and casual eateries right on the banks of the BSR!  Ode to Food & Drink, CRAVE, and Falls Landing include patio spaces and delicious menus that make for a unique downtown dining experience.


5. Animals on the Ampitheater

The Great Plains Zoo brings animals to the river with fun for the whole family!  With an educational and entertaining presentation, Animals on the Ampitheater makes for a great way to get to know the BSR.


4. The BSR Recreation Trail and Greenway

If the downtown area of the BSR wasn’t enough, there’s 29 miles of a paved bike trail to see much, much more.  Walk, job, bike, or rollerblade this year-round outdoor enjoyment.


3. Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup

Do good and make the BSR better by participating in the annual Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup.  This event happens one day in April to honor Earth Day.  Check out the details from last year’s cleanup here. 


2. Moonlight Movies

This event has all the right ingredients for a perfect summer night with the family: movies, popcorn, outdoors, and the BSR!  Just grab the kids and come out Saturday nights to Fawick Park. Learn more about movies this summer.


1. Rhythm on the River

Head down to the Downtown Riverfront Amphitheater Wednesday nights for live local jazz outdoors with a backdrop of the BSR.


The BSR represents endless possibilities to the city of Sioux Falls and Downtown Sioux Falls wants you to come help us celebrate with these Top 10 things to do on the Big Sioux River!