What to do and see in Brandon, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 12, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Brandon is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States and is the largest suburb of Sioux Falls. Brandon is located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,923 by the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 2016, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Brandon

1. St. Joseph Cathedral

521 N Duluth Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-2714 +1 605-336-7390
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 270 reviews

St. Joseph Cathedral

Reviewed By Lisa H

I’ve been to this Cathedral a few times and each time I’m reminded of its beauty! It reminds me of St Peter’s in Vatican City... a very small part of St Peter’s... it’s a must see!

2. Palisades State Park

25495 485th Ave, Garretson, SD 57030-6117 +1 605-594-3824
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Palisades State Park

Reviewed By TakinLotsaPictures - North Dakota

We walked the King and Queen Rock Trail and just past the Balancing Rock on that trail. I'm in my 50s and quite heavy but had no trouble on the trails. There are some rock steps to maneuver and areas that would require more climbing than I wanted...but the trails themselves weren't that bad. I was glad that it hadn't rained, though, as that could possibly cause some surfaces to be slippery. I think this would be a great place for a canoe or kayak. Camping here might be fun also. I saw a cardinal pair but they were in a very shady spot so the picture didn't turn out too well. There was a lot of flowers but I'm sure later this month there will be many more.

3. Grand Falls Casino Resort

1415 Grand Falls Blvd, Larchwood, IA 51241-5000 +1 712-777-7777
Excellent
34%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
11%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 67 reviews

Grand Falls Casino Resort

Reviewed By Mou201 - Brookings, South Dakota

We enjoyed our overnight at Grand Falls Casino Resort. The hotel is very clean, and the rooms—whether suite or standard—are well-appointed and comfortable. The front desk staff were very friendly and accommodating, as was every staff member we encountered over the course of our visit. The massage therapists at the spa were amazing, but the spa itself disappointed a bit this time. Just a bit. The jacuzzi worked well, but neither the steam room nor the sauna seemed to be in working order. Beyond that, the water in the shower took about five minutes to get warm. In some ways, those are minor concerns. We had a really good time and enjoyed the hotel.

4. Badlands Motor Speedway

2012 S Splitrock Blvd, Brandon, SD 57005-7015 +1 605-679-3310
Excellent
34%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 3 reviews

Badlands Motor Speedway

Badlands Motor Speedway features a newly renovated 3/8 mile dirt track hosting fast action racing on Saturday and Sundays from May thru September. The top sprint car drivers from across the U.S. will converge to claim their share of the industry's most generous purse. National concerts and special events will showcase the track's diverse appeal.

Reviewed By sdbrownie - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Attended a WOO event, our first visit under new ownership. Many improvements. Improved restrooms, more pavement and concrete, and new seating and safer walkways and stairways. My only concern would be if Sioux Falls fans can digest the steeper pricing. New owner has made a huge investment, it appears.

5. Falls Park

131 E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 +1 605-367-7430
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Falls Park

Park with waterfalls where the river flows over many tiers of Sioux quartzite.

Reviewed By kwhalen13

This is a beautiful park. Parents must exersize some common sense. Do not let young kids run, or play on the rocks. We always keep our kids within reach and teach them about recognizing danger, like the wet slippery rocks. Everytime we go I'm shocked at how many examples of bad parenting there are but we have visted falls park many times and my kids never even got close to falling in. I don't think a fence is the answer. Parents need to keep their kids safe. Raging river down the falls is beautiful and a must see.

6. SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD 57104 +1 605-339-8359
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 407 reviews

SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

Reviewed By Colleen C - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States

Very interesting to visit each sculpture. So much talent from all around. Many nice shops and restaurants to visit while there. Sioux Falls is really putting in the effort to make downtown an inviting place to visit and spend time.

7. Washington Pavilion

301 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6311 +1 605-367-7397
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Washington Pavilion

About UsThe mission of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science is to educate, entertain, inspire, and enrich the community by making arts and science part of our lives. Our vision is to be the region’s premier arts and cultural institution and a national model for multifaceted, community-based institutions.The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of only a few facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts, interactive science and educational opportunities.The Washington Pavilion makes art and science part of the daily lives of thousands of people with programming from Broadway tours to intimate chamber recitals in two state-of-the-art theaters in the Husby Performing Arts Center ; more than 100 hands-on interactive science exhibits and the newly renovated Wells Fargo CineDome in the Kirby Science Discovery Center; and regional and national exhibits ranging from noted South Dakota artists to Andy Warhol in the Visual Arts Center.The Washington Pavilion serves the community through several other important initiatives:• On the first Friday of every month, the Pavilion opens its doors free-of-charge, welcoming more than 8,000 guests throughout the year.• The Community Learning Center provides educational opportunities for all ages with a broad range of engaging arts and science classes, workshops and internships, and no-cost art experiences for at-risk youth and underserved populations weekly during the school year at multiple venues.• The Graham Academy Preschool offers a unique educational setting for ages 3–5 with need-based scholarships available.• The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts prepares adolescents and young adults students for professional-level music and theater performances.• The Events Department provides individuals, groups and businesses with affordable, one-of-a-kind space and services for weddings, conferences, meetings and social gatherings.• The Pavilion is also home to several cultural partners, including the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra , Junior League of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society , and South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Pavilion is the future site of the South Dakota African American History Museum.With the vast array of high quality programming and educational activities available at the Washington Pavilion, people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the organization to entertain, inspire, educate and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here.

Reviewed By Lezli K - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States

We have been to concerts and plays here, always a great show. Mary Sommervold hall is just a nice place to watch either. The Imax theature is really fun to watch a movie and they have several options. The interactive museum is something my grandchildren love to spend hours here.

8. Butterfly House & Aquarium

4320 S Oxbow Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106-4110 +1 605-334-9466
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 398 reviews

Butterfly House & Aquarium

Enjoy over 800 free-flying butterflies from around the world in the tropical conservatory. View vibrant marine fishes, jellyfish, and corals in ten aquariums, including the Pop-Up Dome Aquarium, Shark & Stingray Touch Pool, and Pacific Tide Pool. Experience interactive learning and relaxation with tropical butterflies and marine life. A year round tropical destination! The Butterfly House & Aquarium is a nonprofit organization, funded entirely by admissions, memberships, gift shop sales, and donations. Thank you for visiting and supporting our mission of learning, healing, and celebrating nature's beauty with tropical butterflies and marine life!

Reviewed By Paakjm - Steinbach, Canada

There were a lot of butterflies in this tropical butterfly house. there were also small quail in there which were very cute. the volunteer staff were very knowledgeable and very friendly. The aquarium was also very interesting. A great place to visit especially on a cold day.

9. Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

805 S. Kiwanis Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104 +1 605-367-7003
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 332 reviews

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Open 361 days a year, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is home to more than 1,000 animals from 137 species including 24 endangered species. The 45-acre park offers up-close views to animals often not found in larger Zoos including Tigers, Rhinos, Bears, Primates, Giraffe, and an award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit. The Zoo also includes the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, a rare collection of 150 mounted animals including 38 “vanishing species.”

Reviewed By unicornangel_1

I take my granddaughters to the Zoo Boo every year. I love to see the changes made. My granddaughters love to see the animals. I can't wait to take them next year.

10. Old Courthouse Museum

6th & Main St, Sioux Falls, SD +1 605-367-4210
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Old Courthouse Museum

Beautifully restored 1800s quartzite building has three floors of regional history exhibits.

Reviewed By MrsPickle - Huntington Beach, California

The building itself is beautiful. Unfortunately, through the years renovations were made but when a new courthouse was built this building was restored. The court gallery has been restored with its original seats but not the courtroom itself. Some of the original furniture is current being used in the new courthouse or the staff in this building. The surfaces have been restored and currently some of the murals are being worked on. It's definitely worth a visit.

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