Situated on the banks of the Missouri River, Sioux City offers a perfect blend of family-friendly fun, outdoor adventures and charming attractions. These three itineraries save you the work of planning and spotlight some of the area’s best hidden gems. Now, it’s time to hit the road and explore all that Sioux City has to offer.
Budget-Friendly Fun for the Whole Family
Dive into the magic behind candy creation and satisfy your sweet tooth. Palmer’s features a vast collection of treats including everything from the famous Twin Bing to homemade brittle, roasted nuts and any other candy imaginable.
Located in the heart of downtown, this museum’s interactive exhibits delight visitors of all ages. Dive into area history including everything from Native American artifacts and pioneer living to unusual keepsakes and famous residents.
Explore this 20,000-square-foot complex to dive into Sioux City’s history, dating from 1804 to present day. Join Lewis and Clark’s expedition by stamping your passport at a series of stations featuring animatronic mannequins, computers, panels, murals and more.
Located inside a stunning three-storied glass atrium, the community’s art center is just as breathtaking on the inside. Stop by to admire their permanent and traveling collections, which feature the Grand Wood Corn Room Mural and a hands-on gallery for the kids to explore.
Step inside an old U.S. Army Corps ship to see decks that were transformed into a unique museum. Its displays feature rare photos, artifacts and dioramas about Lewis & Clark’s expedition, tri-state history and Native American culture.
Siouxland's Outdoor Adventures
Discover the beauty of the Loess Hills, Iowa’s geological gem, at this exciting nature center. Park the car and explore their two miles of hiking trails, then head inside to view exhibits explaining the significance of the hills’ geologic formation and explore the Discovery Forest nature playscape.
Explore Sioux City's brand new riverfront park, which features a variety of outdoor opportunities. Visit the recreational pavilion, admire the LED-lit water feature and sights from the scenic overlook, or enjoy a stroll through the garden and take advantage of the playground, dog park, basketball court and trails.
Known as a year-round recreation destination, Cone Park is a great destination for family's and thrill seeker's alike. During the summer, the park offers summer tubing, a two-mile trail loop, public splash pad, yoga classes and cornhole leagues. When the weather turns cold, they offer snow tubing, an ice skating rink, outdoor fire pit and day lodge.
A Girlfriends' Getaway in Sioux City
Take your girlfriends to the local art museum to admire works from around the country. Grab a seat in the Stark Lecture Hall and choose from its collection of independent films or plan ahead to catch a live music performance.
Escape to the Hard Rock Hotel, whose luxurious suites, classy restaurants, casino games and events provide for a fun-filled weekend. Spend an evening wining and dining in Main + Abbey, the casino’s own gastropub with a London flair, then catch a live music performance at the Anthem.
For a more low-key evening, head to the Orpheum Theatre to enjoy a night surrounded by charming history. Built in 1927, the theater was beautifully restored to offer today’s lineup of symphony performances, Broadway shows, movies and concerts.
During the warmer months, introduce your girlfriends to a variety of goods from local farms. Held in the parking lot of the Tyson Events Center, the Sioux City Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday and Saturday, May through October.
Find more art fun at the Art SUX Gallery, which provides a space for a variety of creators. The building features two floors of artists’ studios alongside a main gallery, classroom and also houses Hardline Coffee Company.