Early on in our full time RV journey, we traveled from our first stop in Amana Colonies to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We chose to stay at Jellystone Campground, a family friend choice that brought back fond memories of camping for my husband. This campground had it all. The pool and playground were perfect. My boys got to experience their first of what would be many jumping pillows. Yogi Bear even made an appearance. We really enjoyed the area! Here are my 3 free & fabulous places for kids in Sioux Falls, SD:
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I discovered a popular city park nearby to take the family. We packed a picnic lunch and spent a sunny afternoon at the lovely Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This was a pleasant surprise and a little boy’s dream.
Multiple water falls tumble over the rocks of the Big Sioux River…and the kids had a BLAST climbing over the low rock formations. We climbed to the top of the Observation Tower, located in the visitor’s center, for great views of the area.
Another great spot for playtime and a picnic lunch is Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls. There is an enormous pavilion in the middle of five playgrounds, which include monkey bars, obstacle courses, slides, and swings for kids of all ages. Next door is both the Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove and the Outdoor Campus.
We visited the free Outdoor Campus, and spent a couple hours while the boys explored the kid-sized campfire, tents, plush toys, fish tank, animal displays, great plains info, and a walk-thru fish. There was also a great bird viewing area with sofas, puzzles, books, bones and fossils.
Outside there was a garden with caterpillars, ladybugs, and a play area. Further out on the campus were hiking trails with learning stations. The Outdoor Campus is a great place to visit with children.
For more information about this area, go to Visit Sioux Falls.
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