Several years ago I was honored to be asked to do a live broadcast from the Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup. The purpose, of course, was to encourage people to come down and help pick up garbage and recyclables along the banks of the Big Sioux.

And, Sioux Falls residents came out in droves!

There are people in our area who have no trouble leaving their garbage on the river greenway.  In fact, just a few of the items that show up include; bags of trash, tires and appliances, sports equipment, and even shoes and clothing, that are dumped in the river or along the banks!

But, there are also people who want a clean, river greenway and recreation trail environment for everyone. These are the people who will be at the 7th Annual Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup, the day after Earth Day, this Saturday, April 23, from 10 AM to Noon.

The Earth Day theme this year is "Invest in Our Planet" and this is a perfect way to do it.

You don't need to pre-register, but it would be appreciated. The cleanup is going on at 8 different locations along the bike trail and you can register for one or more locations.

You'll be asked to sign a waiver before you start, and the park staff will remind you to be extra careful.

Gloves, trash bags, and maps will be provided. All you have to add is your desire to beautify our city. Over the years, this project which celebrates the Earth Day initiative has removed thousands of pounds of trash from the banks of the Big Sioux.

If only people would stop dumping the garbage in the first place.

For more information and to pre-register, see the Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup.

The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!