Sports & Recreation
Sports and recreation are central to what makes South Dakota a great place to live. From biking to hiking, college basketball to minor league baseball, geocaching to camping, there is something for everyone.
Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in South Dakota. With miles and miles of biking trails, hundreds of golf courses, numerous state parks, hunting and fishing opportunities, you will never be bored.
The Tour de Kota, a bicycle ride across the state of South Dakota, is a great way to experience the local landscape, as well as getting to know the locals and experiencing an unsurpassed level of hospitality. The Tour de Kota takes place annually during the month of June, and weaves its way through South Dakota’s small towns and larger cities.
South Dakota is home to Volksmarch, the largest organized hike in the United States. Held in June, it’s a 10K hike with a turn-around point on the outstretched arm of the Crazy Horse Memorial.
If you’d rather watch than participate, South Dakota has numerous spectator sports like rodeos, fishing tournaments, skiing competitions, biking events, and auto and motorcycle racing.
Semi-Pro Sports Teams
Although South Dakota doesn’t have their own major league professional sports team, locals and visitors display much enthusiasm for the minor league teams. Sioux Falls is home to the Canaries, a minor league baseball club, and the Sioux Falls Stampede, the minor league hockey team.
Sioux Falls is also home to the Skyforce, an NBA Development basketball league. The Skyforce is affiliated with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat, and is a great way to watch some up and coming talent in the league. Learn more about the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
College and Local Sports Teams
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits in Brookings, and the University of South Dakota Coyotes in Vermillion both have outstanding college sports programs and play in NCAA Division I. A healthy rivalry between the schools keeps the games exciting throughout the year.
In addition to college teams, there are local private college teams to watch, and most South Dakota communities offer local sports leagues, particularly during the summer.