Best New Year's Eve Activities In South Dakota

Known for its historic monuments and sprawling national parks, the state of South Dakota makes for a memorable New Year’s Eve destination. South Dakota offers a great variety of events, many are suitable for all ages and are held in cool venues like an indoor water park or laser tag center. Adults seeking more lively entertainment can attend the many hotel parties or a masquerade ball for an exciting evening with the more traditional amenities. Whatever your New Year’s Eve celebratory preferences, South Dakota’s festive events are sure to satisfy.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at The Social, Sioux Falls, SD

Mask yourself in mystery at The Social’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Attendees experience a magical fairytale-like atmosphere complete with a delicious assortment of catered delicacies, dancing, and live music entertainment for a decadent evening you’ll always remember in Sioux Falls.

Under the Sea New Year’s Eve at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark, Rapid City, SD

Head to WaTiki, Dakota’s largest indoor waterpark for their annual Under the Sea New Year’s Eve bash. All ages enjoy a dance party, DJ music, delightful buffet dinner, prize giveaways, ball drop, and more surprises at this exclusive, aqua-themed party in Rapid City.

New Year’s Eve in Historic Deadwood, SD

Head to the charming mining town of Deadwood for a welcoming New Year’s Eve celebration with a community feel. Locals gather in front of the historic Franklin Hotel for the annual ball drop at midnight. The Silverado Franklin Hotel and Casino distributes free party favors prior to the event.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at the Holiday Inn, Rapid City, SD

Get ready for a blast this New Year’s Eve at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rapid City. The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop features a night of live music, specialty drinks, food specials, champagne, party favors, and giant balloon drop in a speakeasy setting. Their room packages also include a brunch on New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Eve Party at Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City, SD

Get ready for a fabulous night out at Hotel Alex Johnson’s New Year’s Eve Party in Rapid City. Hosted in the hotel’s ballroom, this classic ’50s-style party features live music, DJ entertainment, a midnight ball drop and champagne toast in a New York Times Square ambiance.

New Year’s Eve Party at Galaxy, Galaxy Gaming, Sioux Falls SD

Galaxy Gaming's New Year's celebration is the perfect New Year’s Eve destination for gamers seeking a fun-filled virtual reality experience this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy all-night gaming, unlimited laser tag, pizza, energy drinks, prizes to win, and more in a family-friendly space.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Kirby Science Discovery Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Known for their dozens of interactive, hands-on exhibits, the Kirby Science Discovery Center in Sioux Falls hosts an exciting Noon Year’s Eve celebration featuring a giant balloon drop and countdown. All ages can have a blast exploring all the educational activities at the center.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings, SD

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota lets you celebrate the New Year without staying up late, which is perfect for families with small kids. This fun event includes festive art activities, photos, a dance party session, and confetti drop at noon. Guests can also access all of the museum exhibits.

Family Noon Year’s Eve at Allevity Entertainment, Aberdeen, SD

Featuring over 20,000 square feet of fun and exciting attractions, Allevity Entertainment throws a cool New Year’s Eve celebration the whole family can enjoy. Guests gain access to unlimited attractions including laser tag, mini bowling, and bumper cars for 30 minutes, plus there’s a countdown to noon with a balloon drop.

New Year’s Eve at the Days Inn, West Rapid City, SD

The Days Inn Hotel in Rapid City puts on a festive New Year’s Eve party offering karaoke entertainment and appetizers in a casual, laid-back setting. They also provide special room rates to complete the evening in a comfortable setting without breaking the bank.

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