If you're someone who loves the winter weather and every icicle with it, then you're in luck! There are fun winter activities around the Sioux Empire to enjoy like ice skating.

With the amount of snow and ice in the Sioux Empire, ice skating is the perfect activity to enjoy the winter season. In fact, multiple cities throughout South Dakota and Minnesota were just named the 2023’s Best Cities for Ice Skating by LawnStarter.

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LawnStarter researched 200 of the biggest cities in the country "with plenty of access to ice rinks, skating lessons, and hockey equipment." LawnStarter also "considered climate conditions and local popularity based on hockey teams, figure skating competitions, and Google searches." Yes you can ice skate indoors at a local ice arena. However, ice skating outdoors just creates a different experience.

So where are the best cities in South Dakota and Minnesota for ice skating? Not so surprising, Minnesota and South Dakota cities are towards the top of the 2023’s Best Cities for Ice Skating from LawnStarter. One Minnesota city that is at the top of this list is...St. Paul!

Here is the top ten Best Cities for Ice Skating:

  1. St. Paul, Minnesota
  2. New York, New York
  3. Boston, Massachusetts
  4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota 
  6. Anchorage, Alaska
  7.  Chicago, Illinois
  8. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Madison, Wisconsin

Some of the cities that aren't the best for ice skating include west coast and southern cities:

  • Elk Grove, California
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • Lancaster, California

What South Dakota cities landed a spot on the Best Cities for Ice Skating? The City of Sioux Falls is actually 27th on the list. According to the survey from LawnStarter, Sioux Falls has one of the highest averages for the number of cold days during the year. Having cold temperatures is pretty important for ice skating.

There are plenty of winter sports to enjoy this season. Click here to learn more about them throughout the Sioux Empire.

A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips:


20 Things You'll Find In Every South Dakota Home

We have so many things in our homes. Some things are junk or half-used but others have great sentimental value to us.

Regardless of what an item means to us at the end of the day, I bet that most South Dakotans have these twenty items in their home; or at least most of us do.

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