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Get Adventuring- Adventures and Day Trips close to the Sioux Falls Area

Apr 23, 2021 11:34AM ● By The Hood Magazine

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Pack up the family this summer and head out to camp at one of these great local parks and campgrounds.

Blue Mounds State Park 
A beautiful park in Luverne, open daily from 8am-10pm. Head on out for bird watching, camping, and hiking! From the 100-foot Quartzite Cliff to the wild prairie flowers, you are sure to love this park. Catch a glimpse of the buffalo that roam the prairie, or time your visit for the blooms of the prickly pear cactus in June/July. 

Palisades State Park 
This breathtaking cliff-filled park with Splitrock Creek rushing through is one of our favorites! We love the unique hiking/overlooks! Use caution at this natural wonder, or maybe save it for the older kids. Great camping opportunities with a full day of activities available climbing and exploring await. 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park 
Check out their online calendar featuring great interactive fun themes with endless activities on the weekends! Featuring camping with a swimming pool, mini golf, volleyball, GAGA ball, basketball, playgrounds, and more! 

LazyH Campground, Akron, IA
Nestled between the Big Sioux River and the northern entrance of the scenic Loess Hills Byway in northwest Iowa, the Lazy H Campground is where family and fun are a way of life. Tents, cabins, and spacious RV sites are available. Activities center around Little Pearle Lake, a 50-acre fisherman’s haven stocked with freshwater fish, miles of hiking/biking trails, water activities and more.

Not into the camping thing? How about a day trip?

Good Earth State Park 
Lace up your hiking boots and hop on the hiking trails winding throughout SD’s newest State Park grounds, with scenic overlooks scattered throughout. Check out the visitor’s center too…a great place to take cover if the weather makes a quick shift!

Kayak/Canoe the Big Sioux  
Check out the different local rentals and river access points (Jay Heath Canoe/Kayak Trail) to drop your kayaks/canoe in the water and submerge in nature, experiencing the city in a whole new way—heading downstream with the ones you love! 

Big Sioux Recreational Area 
Something for the whole family to enjoy, from Disc Golfing, hiking, grilling, campfires, and camping. This 430-acre park has so much to offer, and only a short drive from Sioux Falls!