Falls Park, Sioux Falls – Let’s Relax

Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota? A little time to relax!

After leaving Minot the second week of February, I never imagined I would have found myself heading back north three weeks later. On March 4, I found myself on a journey back to the Dakotas with Aberdeen, South Dakota as my destination. Prior to reaching it, my first true exploration on the journey to the frozen land was Falls Park in Sioux Falls.

In the past, the Native Americans used the quartzite from this area to make ornaments and utensils to use in everyday life. This same material from here has been used by the white man as early as 1822. Presently, it is used today in concrete construction.

Sioux Falls had the nickname of Queen City, with the falls being the center of the city years ago. In addition, the Queen Bee Mill was there to take full advantage of the falls’ power. The mill was a seven-story building at one time, however, there are only parts of it that remain after a fire in 1956.

The park is a wonderful area for exploration as it covers 123 acres and approximately 7400 gallons of water drop over the falls every second. If that isn’t enough, the beauty and history of the area add to the allure.

Unfortunately, during my visit, the observation tower wasn’t opened. Things up here tend to be very seasonal due to weather conditions so if you plan a visit, plan accordingly. Thankfully there was no snow to contend with and I just struggled with the strong, cold winds during my visit.

As I walked through the park, I noticed a tower off in the distance. It resembled Big Ben. And then there were twin towers off to the right of this clock tower. I had to check them out to see what they were and was not disappointed.

http://www.siouxlandmuseums.com/museums/exhibits/old_courthouse_museum.asp
Old Courthouse Museum
http://www.sfcatholic.org/
Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls
http://www.siouxlandmuseums.com/museums/exhibits/old_courthouse_museum.asp
Old Courthouse Museum
http://www.sfcatholic.org/
Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

Both Falls Park and finding these two buildings gave me a great break in my travels and allowed wonderful photo opportunities.  I am going to try to go back here on my return trip (assuming I return this way and don’t have another assignment straight away) and go up in the tower, as well as have a bite in the cafe at the park.

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2 thoughts on “Falls Park, Sioux Falls – Let’s Relax”

  1. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us, Renda. The pics, tips and information about Sioux Falls are great. I’m interested what the inside of the cafe looks like with those huge windows and beautiful views the ambience of the place is probably awesome. Best wishes and safe travels on your assignments. Be well, my friend.

    1. Thank you, Ben. Yes, I wanted to go in the cafe and have a light snack and soda during my visit. Unfortunately, it was not open at the time. Things up here run on different hours depending on weather and season. Many of the places are closed during the winter season. If I happen to go back through there on my return trip, I may stop again to check out the cafe and that tower!

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