After a day of meetings, groups can “plan
to spend a relaxing evening with dinner
and nightlife that downtown and Main
Street Square offers throughout the year,”
Storms said, and added that during the
summer months, groups can check out
Summer Nights festivities featuring live
music and food booths.
Canyon Lake Park, one of Rapid City’s
oldest parks, offers another option for fun
group gatherings, featuring 29 acres, four
picnic pavilions, horseshoe and volleyball
courts, a fishing bridge, bike path and pad-dleboat rentals.
New to Deadwood is Powerhouse Park,
located near the George S. Mickelson Trail
and also providing access to Whitewood
Creek, a popular fishing/wading creek in
the heart of town.
When the group has concluded its alfresco meeting or picnic lunch in the park,
attendees can grab a bike from a local outfitter, including Dead Wheels Bike Rentals,
and shuttle to ride the Mickelson Trail.
According to Amanda Kille, marketing
and sponsorship director for the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors
Bureau, the trail is appropriate for all skill
levels and traverses 108 miles of the beautiful, mostly forested Black Hills.
“The trail is famous for its nearly 100
converted railroad bridges, tunnels and
abundant wildlife,” she said. “Park space
is free to use and available on a first-come,
first-served basis, but availability shouldn’t
be a problem mid-week, even during peak
season from June through September.”
Groups can find a great setting for
outings in Aberdeen at Wylie Park, which
offers a number of picnic shelters and two
enclosed gathering areas.
“Event attendees can take advantage of
the park’s features, such as Roll Out bike
and surrey rentals, Thunder Road go-carts,
mini golf, Euro Bungy and Laser Maze,”
said Laura Ptacek, convention
sales and marketing coordinator for the Aberdeen
Attendees at Wylie
Park can also enjoy
simply relaxing beside Lake Minne-Eho
or taking a ride on the
Storybook Land train,
which passes by zoo
animals such as buffalo,
deer and waterfowl.
Groups meeting in
Pierre can choose to plan a
picnic or an impromptu brainstorming
session at Farm Island Recreation Area, a
popular state park where they can swim,
fish, hike and bird-watch, according to Lois
Ries, director for the Pierre CVB.
Huron is home to Splash Central Waterpark, a great option for active groups. The
park features water slides, pools and a lazy
river for tubing, and also rents cabanas and
accommodates group parties.
Spearfish is also home to several parks,
including the popular and lovely Spearfish
City Park. Here, groups will find rentable
spaces in the Tretheway Park Pavilion for
gatherings of up to 350 people.
According to Mistie Caldwell, executive
director for the Spearfish Area COC, the
pavilion is attached to the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, a free outdoor
attraction featuring hiking trails, museums,
birding opportunities and a venue called
Ruby’s Garden that accommodates large
Fun recreational activities abound
inside and outside South Dakota’s
In Sioux Falls, taking to downtown’s
streets to peruse some of the 55 pieces of
art along the Sculpture Walk is a
great recreational activity.
“It’s perfect for all
people, as it’s not too
strenuous,” Sioux Falls
CVB’s Orsack said. “It’s
truly a one-of-a-kind
outdoor art exhibit.
An outing could also
along the way and at
the end, a refreshing
local craft beer will top
In Rapid City, attendees
can rent bikes and set out to cycle through
Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park, which is
one of the premier mountain biking parks
in the region.
Elsewhere in Rapid City, according
to the Rapid City CVB’s Storms, groups
should take advantage of walking and
biking trails, including those in the 27-acre
“A lot of groups use Memorial Park for
fundraising walks,” she added.
Groups seeking an intriguing recreational outing in Deadwood can make like the
town’s settlers and pan for gold.
“The lure of gold is what brought
thousands of people to Deadwood in
1876, and the history of that time is part
of what keeps millions coming to town
today,” said the Deadwood COC & Visitors
Broken Boot Gold
Mine offers two tours, the
“Eureka! Find Gold Here!”
panning-only tour and the
“Miners’ Morning” tour.
“You’ll be the first to
tour the historic Broken
Boot Gold Mine in the
morning, complete with a
miner’s breakfast featur-
ing a world-famous pasty,
which was sort of like the first hot pocket,
but better,” Kille said. “After breakfast and
a tour, head to Deadwood’s new Welcome
Center, grab a gold pan and walk to White-
wood Creek. A local expert will help you
pan while telling you the stories of the first
miners to arrive in Deadwood.”
In Aberdeen, active outdoorsy groups
will appreciate the city’s more than 20
miles of trails that accommodate bicyclists,
walkers and joggers, and in Spearfish, it’s
recommended that groups arrange a trip
through Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.
“It’s a must-see with opportunities to
explore Bridal Veil Falls, Spearfish Falls and
the handicap-accessible Roughlock Falls
State recreation area,” said the Spearfish
Area COC’s Caldwell. “It’s a beautiful trip
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