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Sioux Falls, SD Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 42
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,150
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 243
Committable Meeting Rooms* 36
Convention Center Space 60,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 50,400 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 16,800 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $367
*Maximum for a single hotel

Sioux Falls, SD Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Sioux Falls meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning in Sioux Falls, SD. As South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls offers big city entertainment and amenities, as well as a welcoming, small-town atmosphere. Located at the extreme eastern part of the state, and bordering Iowa and Minnesota, Sioux Falls is located within a day's drive of most major Midwest cities. Beyond its convenient location, accessibility is also seen in the variety of Sioux Falls event venues, as well as the many group-friendly attractions and transportation options.

The Sioux Falls Regional Airport serves Sioux Falls, as well as southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Located just minutes from downtown Sioux Falls, the airport provides direct service to such major domestic cities as Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Orlando, as well as connecting service to more than 200 domestic cities. Once in Sioux Falls, visitors can ride the free Sioux Falls Trolley for direct downtown service from mid-April through mid-October. Visitors can also ride the Sioux Area Metro bus system, which operates along 11 routes throughout Sioux Falls and provides direct access to the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

One of the largest meeting facilities in the region, the Sioux Falls Convention Center features more than 100,000 square feet of flexible event space. The convention center accommodates up to 2,500 guests in such spaces as its 16,800-square-foot ballroom, 12 breakout rooms, and 33,200-square-foot exhibit hall; the center's ballroom and exhibit hall connect to offer 50,000 square feet of contiguous, column-free exhibit space. The convention center is attached to the 8,000-seat Sioux Falls Arena and 243-room hotel via climate-controlled walkway.

The Sioux Falls Arena is one of many Sioux Falls unique venues perfect for group functions and events. An entertainment hotspot for more than 50 years, the Sioux Falls Arena is home to a number of local sports teams and hosts concerts, ice shows, rodeos, trade shows, conventions and large-scale presentations. For a more intimate group event, the downtown Orpheum Theatre is a great venue. Once a vaudeville house, the Orpheum Theatre today serves as an elegantly-restored Historic Place as listed on the National Registry. Known for its wonderful acoustics and welcoming atmosphere with more than 100,000 visitors each year, the Orpheum Theatre offers private event space in its main 688-seat theater, 450-seat studio theater and 100-person classroom.

More Sioux Falls event venues include the popular Washington Pavilion. One of the only facilities in the world to bring together the performing arts, visual arts, interactive science and educational opportunities under one roof, the Washington Pavilion is home to two state of the art theaters and more than 100 hands-on interactive science exhibits, as well as regional and national art exhibits. Private events may be held throughout the pavilion, in such spaces as the 1,800-person Mary W. Sommervold hall, 174-seat CineDome, exhibit space and multi-level lobby space. For an adventurous event, groups frequent the Great Bear Recreation Park's chalet and spacious deck, as well as picnic pavilions and cabanas at Wild Water West, the state's largest water park and only wave pool.

About Sioux Falls, SD / Additional Info

Sioux Falls is more than just a great place for business and conventions – it's also a superb place to live and play. Consistently ranked among the country's top places to live, Sioux Falls enjoys a growing population, strong economy and a reputation as a safe, friendly city. The city is also known for its more than 70 parks and green spaces, providing beautiful oases throughout the city.

Sioux Falls is named for the Sioux tribe of American Indians and the waterfalls of the Big Sioux River, which encircles the city. A popular local landmark and tourist attraction, the falls are located in Falls Park, located just a few blocks from downtown. Falls Park covers 123 acres in the heart of downtown and more than 19 miles of bike trails that encircle the city start there. There is also a Visitor Information Center and gift shop along with a 50-foot-tall viewing tower offering panoramic views of Falls Park and Sioux Falls. The waterfalls are truly breathtaking and a Sioux Falls must-see; in fact, an average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the falls each second. Visitors to Falls Park can view remains of an old mill and dam, as well as dine in the Falls Overlook Cafe, housed in the former Sioux Falls Light and Power Company hydroelectric plant.

Many of Sioux Falls' attractions celebrate the region's heritage and natural beauty. Located on Phillips Avenue in downtown, the Prairie Star Gallery is filled with centuries old-art forms, including jewelry, quilts, sculptures and ceremonial objects. All of the gallery's offerings are indigenous, handmade and authentic, made by artists predominantly from Northern Plains tribes. The gallery is housed in a century-old building, featuring maple floors, brick walls and exposed rafters, providing the perfect backdrop for the variety of artwork. For a taste of Sioux Falls adventure, visitors frequent The Outdoor Campus, which features a South Dakota museum and variety of outdoor activities, ranging from cross country skiing to butterfly hunting. For another view of butterflies, visitors cross the park to the Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove. The year-round 3,600-square-foot tropical butterfly house is home to more than 800 free flying butterflies from around the world, which are known to perch on visitors as they walk through the garden. The Marine Cove features 13 freshwater and saltwater aquariums, home to such favorites as corals and clownfish.

Sioux Falls is home to a diverse culinary scene, with many restaurants serving locally-sourced ingredients. Parker's Bistro is one such eatery; housed in a restored historic building on Main Avenue, the eatery serves varied cuisines in a warm, open kitchen atmosphere. Also located in downtown Sioux Falls, Crawford's is an upscale bar and restaurant that welcomes guests to dine amid century old quartzite and brick walls. Grille 26 is a friendly neighborhood eatery specializes in fresh, contemporary fare, while Spezia serves traditional Italian favorites in a relaxed atmosphere. Finally, tre Lounge is a sophisticated, lively space perfect for dining or relaxing, as well as group gatherings.

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