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Old 03-14-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

I am single guy in my mid-30's who grew up in Los Angeles but have lived in NYC, Boston, and currently Philadelphia, who will be moving to Sioux Falls for a job in healthcare in a few months.

I don't know much about Sioux Falls except that it is an average-sized city with a relatively young population and that it is cold. I typically enjoy walking around the city, eat out, go out to bars, live music, performances, museums, tennis, and running.

I will be pretty busy working but will I be able to find things to do when I am free? Is it a friendly place where I can make new friends? How are the the people in general in Sioux Falls?

Also, I am thinking of living in downtown because I like to be near restaurants and coffee shops, etc. Is that the best place to live?

Any input is appreciated. Thank you
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Hi everyone,

I am single guy in my mid-30's who grew up in Los Angeles but have lived in NYC, Boston, and currently Philadelphia, who will be moving to Sioux Falls for a job in healthcare in a few months.

I don't know much about Sioux Falls except that it is an average-sized city with a relatively young population and that it is cold. I typically enjoy walking around the city, eat out, go out to bars, live music, performances, museums, tennis, and running.

I will be pretty busy working but will I be able to find things to do when I am free? Is it a friendly place where I can make new friends? How are the the people in general in Sioux Falls?

Also, I am thinking of living in downtown because I like to be near restaurants and coffee shops, etc. Is that the best place to live?

Any input is appreciated. Thank you
When it comes to bars and live music, it's all over town especially for the 30 something age group. We have a few museums, but nothing too exciting. When the new events center opens this fall, look for a lot more big name concerts. There are a couple indoor tennis facilities and outdoor tennis courts at the high schools with some nice courts at McKennan Park (Only about 4 blocks from Avera McKennan Hospital).

If you like jogging, you'll enjoy our jogging/walking trail that goes around the city and downtown. I believe it's over 7 miles long and mostly follows the Sioux River. It might even be longer as it's been expanded over the years.

You won't have any trouble meeting people of your age, especially since you will be at one of the hospitals in town. Sioux Falls has morphed into a large regional healthcare center that easily competes with Mayo and the Twin Cities. I'm concerned for you in one way. After living in the cities mentioned you may have a panic attack as you encounter people everywhere in South Dakota that don't know you, but look you in the eye and say "hi". It will be a shock to your system. Just relax, close your eyes and repeat to yourself. "I'm not in Philadelphia anymore". "I'm not in Philadelphia anymore".

Downtown for young professionals is the latest trend in town. Several new apartment/condos are being built as well as all the units that have been renovated above the retail space in the older commercial buildings. My guess is that's a really good option. Also, both hospital are within easy biking/hiking distance (for someone your age, not mine) from downtown.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:40 PM
 
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Hi JMGG,

Thank you for your reply. I greatly appreciate it. It helped to put me at ease. Sioux Falls will be the smallest cities that I will have lived in thus far and there is some apprehension that accompanies that. But it seems like a city that I will enjoy living in.

What are your favorite restaurants, coffee shops, or unique places that you like in Sioux Falls?

Thanks again,
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Hi JMGG,

Thank you for your reply. I greatly appreciate it. It helped to put me at ease. Sioux Falls will be the smallest cities that I will have lived in thus far and there is some apprehension that accompanies that. But it seems like a city that I will enjoy living in.

What are your favorite restaurants, coffee shops, or unique places that you like in Sioux Falls?

Thanks again,
Frankly, your favorite spots probably wouldn't be the same as mine as you are the age of my kids.

I have some friends that own a sports bar called Overtime that's also very popular with younger adults. There are multiple sports bars all over town that quite frankly are clones of each other. All have decent menu choices and have TV's hanging from every corner. A couple other places I like to eat at that are restaurant/bars and somewhat upscale are Cherry Creek, TC Referees, and McNally's Irish Pub. More pricey restaurants if you're trying to impress a date that are very good are Minerva's, CJ Callaways, Tres', and Spezio's. The town is absolutely blanketed with the chain eating places. You name it, we've got it. One exception is we don't have a Hooter's. Hopefully this will be rectified in the near future. I really like their wings.

A really cool place with a limited menu is Monk's. They feature almost any imported beer available in the U.S. You can't get a Bud Light in there though.

Downtown Sioux Falls in the summer is especially nice. Lots of variety as to stores and eating places. Musicians are playing outside of many establishments.

If you ever find yourself wanting a big steak for a reasonable price (and very little atmosphere) go to the Tea Steakhouse in the suburb of Tea which is approx. 4 miles outside of Sioux Falls.

We have a concert and entertainment venue called the Washington Pavillion that is downtown. It's gorgeous. Many big name musical and comedy acts are booked there. I've seen both George Carlin and Bill Cosby there.

One unique place that you will want to see is the Falls of the Big Sioux River. It's just off downtown and is what the city was named after. It's quite picturesque. Sioux Falls also has what has to be one of the nicest and largest zoos for a city of it's size. Part of the zoo is the Delbridge Museum which has what once was the worlds largest privately owned animal collection in a taxidermy state. It's a great zoo, but when it comes to zoos, someday take a trek south 175 miles to the Henry Doorley Zoo in Omaha, NE. I've seen where that zoo is ranked right with San Diego and Busch Gardens as the best in the United States.

As to the nightclub scene, as I said before it's all over town. I don't follow that anymore. There are several coffeehouses around town.

There aren't any major colleges in town. There are two Div. II colleges in Augustana College and the U. of Sioux Falls. There is also a couple of lower level professional teams in Sioux Falls. The one of note would be the Sioux Falls Skyforce which is a Development League basketball team owned as the minor league feeder for the Miami Heat NBA team.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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Hi JMGG,

Thank you again for your extensive list. It's great to know that there are many things to do. I'm looking forward to moving there.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:42 PM
 
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I realize that for you, Sioux Falls is going to be a tiny town. You need to understand that for folks around South Dakota, Sioux Falls is the big city. Sure, a lot of folks have been to bigger citys to visit, or vacation, but for business and finance, people travel to Sioux Falls expecting to find everything they could possibly want.

I would also like to recommend the great outdoors. In the winter time, it's too easy for folks to isolate themselves and get cabin fever. They have nobody to blame because there is just as much to do outside, in the winter, as there is in the summer. So explore, I think you'll find it a lot of fun. Good luck on your move, and welcome to the South Dakota Forum.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:28 AM
 
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Hi ElkHunter,

Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it. Its reassuring to know that Sioux Falls has all the amenities of a big city. I'm actually looking forward to moving there. What types of winter activities are there to do in SF?
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:55 AM
 
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Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Ice fishing, Ice Skating, just to name a few.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:04 AM
 
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ElkHunter,
Thank you. Cross country skiing and ice fishing would be fun to try.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:58 PM
 
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Hope you enjoy your move. It's going to feel small compared to LA/NYC/etc but hopefully you enjoy

For the size of the city, you'll really enjoy downtown. Bros Brasserie is one of the best restaurants downtown on Phillips Ave. Coffea is a great place to get coffee downtown and they also have a location on Louise Ave. Check out CH Passterie for deserts- chef there recently won a desert reality show on Bravo. For drinks downtown- check out Paramount, Icon Lounge, Lattitude 44. In the summer, Phillips Ave is the place to be..... lot of outdoor seating and music. Also check out the new riverwalk area and walk towards Falls Park.

Great new place to catch a band is a place called The Distrct. Just had Christina Perri- native of Philly playing there

If you're looking for a church, check out Embrace on 57th St. Full of young people and great way to meet some people your age.

Winter activities- snowmobiling, Skiing and tubing at Great Bear, Ice Fishing

Shopping- Empire Mall- nothing spectaular but was just rennovated and has the basic stores. Also large outdoor shopping area that will start developing in 6 weeks called Lake Lorraine.

City is currently building a new Events Center that will open in the fall. Also has minor league type teams like the Stampede, Storm, and Skyforce. Check out the Skyforce in the brand new Pentagon arena.

Hope you enjoy your move to Sioux Falls and anymore questions about favorite spots...... I'll try to answer your question although I'm not on here much.
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