Sightseeing in Sioux Falls

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Originally created to distract and befuddle delicious animals until early hunters finished inventing firearms, ballet has since evolved into one of humanity's most transcendent art forms. For $15, today's Groupon gets you one Level B mezzanine ticket (a $26 value) to see the Trey McIntyre Project perform on Saturday, April 17, at 8 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Or, for $20, get Level A orchestra seating to the same performance (a $34 value). The performance will take place in the great hall of the Husby Performing Arts Center, an acoustically and optically superior place to witness the scintillations and undulations of the contemporary ballet troupe. Tiered seating in the sweeping, wood-paneled environment ensures visible views for all, while this Groupon's mezzanine seating ensures both sound sight and insightful sound.

301 S Main Ave
Sioux Falls,
SD
US

All manner of monsters prowl the halls of the Sioux Falls Jaycees Haunted House. Sadistic clowns smile from shadowed corners, herding visitors into a blood-spattered room where a ghoul in a straitjacket waits. Strobe lights and fog convince the senses that they've entered an otherworldly dimension or a very dusty camera, concealing the ghastly robotics and props lurking around each bend?such as a leering, demonic child named Hex. Though the attraction seeks to terrify, its ultimate goal is far more altruistic: ticket profits go to the Sioux Falls Jaycees, a community-service group whose volunteers don masks and gallons of fake blood to staff the entire house.

4000 W 12th St.
Sioux Falls,
SD
US

Tucker's Walk Vineyard takes its name from an afghan hound named Tucker. Tucker often led his owners Dave and Sue Greenlee on walks through the property, a former farm, stopping to bask in the sunlight and scenery. Thanks to these canine-led excursions, the Greenlees began to see their property's potential as a leisure destination. As a result, they started planting grapevines, and in 2010, they obtained a federal permit as a bonded winery.

Tucker passed away several years ago, but his legacy lives on. Visitors today continue to explore his favorite scenic spots, and wine connoisseurs visit to taste award-winning wines fermented from the vineyard's cold, hardy grapes. Among those wines are Marquette, a bold, dry red, and Brianna, a fruity white with a pineapple nose. The Greenlees also ferment fruits, such as rhubarb and wild plums, into unique fruit wines.

48332 254th St
Garretson,
SD
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The first vines at the family-owned Wilde Prairie Winery were planted back in 1997. Today the property's rolling hills host more than 2,000 vines, from which the family plucks the grapes that accompany other fruits in flavoring their eclectic range of wines. Along with more traditional reds and whites, Wilde Prairie?s team handcrafts pear wines, honey-raspberry wines, and even blends with strawberry and rhubarb.

Samples abound at the winery itself, whose scenic surroundings host tastings, monthly concerts, and annual happenings such as the Festival of Artists.

48052 259th St.
Brandon,
SD
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Science, literature, history, and art?the Children's Museum of South Dakota lets young visitors explore the world in all its forms. The museum focuses on education through play, with hands-on exhibits that foster each child's quest for knowledge, although parents are likely to learn a thing or two along the way.

  • Size: 21,000 square feet of indoor interactive exhibit space as well as 1.5 acres outdoors
  • The Building: as part of its efforts to stay green, the museum incorporates many recycled materials, such as old gym bleachers turned into railing and the same employees that worked there yesterday
  • Eye Catcher: Mama and Max T. Rex?full-size animatronic dinosaurs that live outdoors and roar during spring and summer
  • Permanent Mainstay: the Prairie Farm, where a large-scale conveyor belt lets kid simulate picking, sorting, and sending goods to market
  • Don't Miss: the chance to build a pipe and direct the flow of water at the Splash Table

  • Hidden Gem: the butterflies and flowers hiding in the Living Maze, an outdoor labyrinth made of prairie grasses
521 4th St
Brookings,
SD
US

All bases of wine production, procurement, and enjoyment are covered at the Great Dakota Wine Fest. Guests can practice age-old winemaking techniques by hopping into a barrel and stomping grapes or by stabbing each one with an empty quill. Then, upon entering the wine tasting room, they can grab a wine glass emblazoned with the Great Dakota Wine Fest logo and begin testing pours from various South Dakota winemakers, all while live performances from various musicians add melodious din to the spirited sipping and schmoozing.

1500 W Main St
Vermillion,
SD
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