Irish or not – if you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party or plan to pound a green beer or two at a pub with the lads and lassie’s, you need to be armed with some fun facts about the big day.

I’m not Irish but I still prepare a seven-course meal every St. Patty’s Day – which consists of one potato and a 6-pack of Guinness.

Anyway, nearly everyone you meet in a pub on this day will tell you that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The truth is, there never were any snakes on the island. Also, he was born in Britain. Really. As a boy, St. Patrick was enslaved by invading Irish raiders. After years of hard labor he finally escaped back to Britain where he joined the Catholic church. He returned to Ireland as a christian missionary some years later.

However, the most interesting fact of all would have to be that Ireland actually banned alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day until the 1970’s!

Shillelagh jokes are not as funny when you’re sober.

Have fun. Be merry. Get your green on – but get a ride. If you’ve had too much to drink and would like to use the AAA’s popular Tipsy Tow service in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton, call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and ask for a Tipsy Tow. The service is offered, no questions asked, to both AAA members and non-members alike. AAA will give you, up to one more person, and your car a free ride home, within a 15-mile radius from the point of pick-up.

Finally, for a little TBT, enjoy this McDonald's commercial for it famous Shamrock Shake - from 1983!


The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!

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