A new year means 365 opportunities for fun adventures! Here are 19 ways you could spend some of them in the Sioux City area creating amazing memories with your family:
1. Saturday in the Park: The annual music festival draws tens of thousands of people to Grandview Park, just minutes from downtown Sioux City, where amazing musicians perform in a gorgeous Depression era bandshell at this free music festival, followed by Sioux City’s best Fourth of July fireworks (usually the Saturday closest to 7/4, but 2019 date hasn’t been officially announced yet)
2. Hunt for Easter Eggs: Easter Egg hunts abound in Sioux City, being held everywhere from local churches to the country club and a huge one at Grandview Park, hosted by iHeartMedia with more kids, candy, and prizes than you can count!
3. Listen to the Sioux City Symphony: The Sioux City Symphony brings great classical and modern orchestral music to Sioux City’s Orpheum Theatre, from standards like Mozart to quirky fun like providing a live score to a showing of Star Wars: a New Hope. Their concerts are fun and energetic and full of talent!
4. Hike: The Siouxland area is home to river banks, forested areas, prairie habitats, and the geologically unique Loess Hills, and features surprisingly scenic hiking trails, especially at Stone Park and Five Ridge Prairie
5. Splash and Swim: Check out Siouxland’s 5+ splash pads and many public pools. Riverside Park is my top recommendation for visitors, with two splash pads designed with accessibility for those with special needs in mind and a huge pool with water slides and more.
6. ArtSplash: This interactive art festival hosted by the Sioux City Art Center showcases regional artists who paint, sculpt, make jewelry, and more while also letting attendees make their own art! Musical performances, magic shows, and delicious food trucks make ArtSplash one of Siouxland’s best festivals.
7. Shop local: Sioux City is home to the factories of both Palmer’s Candy and Jolly Time Popcorn, and their respective factory stores are great places to find delicious treats for snacking or gifting. You can also find a wide variety of souvenirs, gifts, and more at local stores like Book People, Thinker Toys, Acme Comics, the Learning Station, or Fitzgibbon’s.
8. Enjoy Halloween at the Roundhouse: The Sioux City Railroad Museum hosts one of Siouxland’s best Halloween events, with costume characters, train rides, spooky storytelling, and more. It's a can’t-miss event for Halloween fun
9. Watch a parade: Parade season in Sioux City runs from St. Patrick’s Day to Christmas with creative floats and generous giveaways---bring bags for your kids to stash their candy!
10. Check out the county fair: The Woodbury County Fair in Moville is just about 15 minutes from downtown Sioux City and is full of farm animals, amazing talent, rodeo, car racing, and musical performances, competitions from baked goods to fine art for all ages.
11. Go sledding: The tubing hills at Cone Park and Hillview Recreation Area offer unique fun, and so does sledding in your own yard or at local parks (check the Snow Sports in Siouxland post for more information on where sledding is permitted within Sioux City!)
12. Camping: Enjoy the great outdoors by camping at one of Siouxland’s great campsites like Stone Park in Sioux City or Brown’s Lake in Salix, and enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, and other fun in nature while you’re there!
13. Eat at a local restaurant: Sioux City has tasty local food ranging from food trucks (Heartland Coffee + Nosh and Stone Bru are local favorites), award-winning burritos from La Juanita, burgers from Billy Boy, unbeatable chicken at Sneaky’s, the best pizza ever at El Fredo’s, and iconic Iowa loosemeats from Tastee In & Out, to upscale drinks and dining at places like Minerva’s, M’s, the Diving Elk, and Table 32.
14. Go skating: Whether wheels or blades are your thing, we’ve got you covered! Rollerama roller skating rink and IBP Ice Center are both open for their respective types of skating year-round, and in winter, check out the outdoor ice skating at Cone Park and Leif Erickson Park!
15. Learn some local history: Visit the Sioux City Public Museum, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, or the Sergeant Floyd Welcome Center to learn more about the early days of Sioux City, from plesiosaur fossils to corn palaces and riverboats!
16. Watch a play: Live theater abounds in Siouxland, with regular performances from the Sioux City Community Theater, LAMB Regional Arts Theatre, and our local college—one of the most fun for kids is the free children’s play held each summer in Morningside College’s outdoor amphitheater!
17. Cheer on a team: Sioux City is home to the Musketeers hockey team, Explorers baseball team, Bandits football, and Stampede football, not to mention college sports from Morningside (2018 NAIA Football National Champs!) and Briar Cliff, and prep sports from public and private schools. A highlight is the Sioux City Relays track meet at Morningside College.
18. See some art---or make some: The Sioux City Art Center has works from established artists like Grant Wood alongside unique pieces from regional and local artists, plus a fun room for kids to play in, and frequent classes for all ages. You can also create your own masterpieces at either Pickled Palette or Poppin’ Bottles & Brushes! For sculpture lovers, walk downtown to see over 2 dozen pieces from the Sculpt Siouxland project, visit the War Eagle Monument on the west side of town, and stop at Trinity Heights for wonderful religious art including a 30+ foot tall statues of Jesus and Mary!
19. Enjoy local crops: Sioux City is in the middle of some of the world’s best farmland, and that means some delicious produce is here for the taking! Some of the best places to find it include the Sioux City Farmer’s Market, area pumpkin patches like Scarecrow Farms, and Autumn Grove Apple Orchard.
For more info on these 19 ideas and other ways to have fun with your family in and around Sioux City this year, check out the Siouxland Families Blog.
As you plan your 2019, you won’t regret including some Sioux City area fun!
Image credit: Lindsay Hindman