10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Sioux City This Summer

Sioux City, Iowa is calling all explorers for a summer to remember. As if the beauty of the season’s weather isn’t enough, here are ten reasons why you should consider visiting Sioux City this summer.

10) The Farmers Market is Open

What’s better than fresh produce and locally-made products from one of the agricultural centers of the world? Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am – 1pm, you can stroll the Sioux City Farmers Market just off the Tyson Events Center and never go home empty handed.

9) Head West!

Sitting on the banks of the Missouri River, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is ready to bring you back to the famed expedition that passed through Sioux City. The center’s animating and interactive display of the journey west is one of the most fun ways to learn about the development of the nation.

8) Boaters Rejoice

The Mighty Missouri is always up and running. With miles and miles of accessible shoreline and public boat launches, there’s room for every type of boating enthusiast. Explore the same historic coastline Lewis and Clark did or drop in a line and take your chances as an angler.

7) 4th Street Stroll

Want an overnight – or two night – getaway? Park the car at the hotel and stroll historic 4th Street without a care. Museums that tell Sioux City’s historic story, eclectic restaurants and hideaway bars dot the streets and invite visitors inside.

6) Hops and Grapes

Is there anything better than a local beer or wine on the patio in the summer? Check out any of Sioux City’s various local breweries or enjoy a glass of wine at the popular Oscar Carl Vineyard.

5) Baseball and More

Catch a game at Lewis and Clark Park with the Sioux City Explorers, or as the locals call them, the “X’s.” And if you’re not a baseball fan, Sioux City has arena football, junior league hockey, slow-pitch softball, sand volleyball and much more! Whether you want to participate or take a seat in the bleachers, you’ll find something to entertain.

4) Let’s Talk Food

Sioux City has one of the most eclectic and vibrant food scenes in the region. Don’t believe us? Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, African, Mexican, Greek and Ethiopian are all on the menu. So save room for seconds.

3) Hiking With a View

Don’t let all that talk of food and drink weigh you down. Walk it off at any of our over 90 nearby trails. Take a casual stroll along the Missouri or experience nature along the wooded paths of Stone State Park just minutes from town.

2) Try Your Luck

Did you know Sioux City is home to one of the most popular casino chains in the world? The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is not only a great destination for gamers, but is a centralized entertainment location in the heart of Sioux City with music and concerts year round.

1) Saturday in the Park

Oh, and about that music, Saturday in the Park is one of Iowa’s largest music festivals, held every 4th of July weekend at Grandview Park. The annual event draws over 25,000 visitors with great music all day long. And did we mention it’s free?

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