A bit further north of Sioux Falls is not only the home of us here at Midwest Meetings® magazine but home of some great spots for meetings and events, Brookings, SD. Only about a 40-minute drive from the Sioux Falls airport is the Swiftel Center with its 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 30,000-sq. ft. arena, and a great staff to boot. For those in search of a more intimate meeting/event space there is Wooden Legs Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Brookings. This unique venue has a small event space off the brewery that can hold around 50 people separate from the hustle and bustle of the bar.
West River is a whole different story when it comes to the culture and history, it holds a lot more of the old west spirit than it’s counterpart. Rapid City is the largest city West River and it’s seated against the eastern side of the Black Hills mountains. Its
largest event center, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, saw its opening in 1977 with a concert by Elvis Presley so you can be sure it can
handle any expo, event, or meeting.
A 1989 decision to allow Deadwood to have legal gambling saved the town from becoming a ghost town of a lawless era. The city still prizes its history that is shrouded in what some might call indecency, but now seems more like a few colorful pages in a story
still being written. What started as an illegal settlement has now become one of the top destinations in South Dakota.
One of the hot spots in Deadwood is the Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort. This resort not only has a 24/7 casino a short jaunt away from a Hampton Inn with some great meeting space options, but it’s a short drive from many of the Black Hills’ most popular attractions. After a long day traversing Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park fill your empty stomach at the Tin Lizzie restaurant, don’t miss the buffet on Friday and Saturday. Another great spot within the Tin Lizzie campus is Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub that hosts live music at least twice a week. If you find yourself out in the Black Hills then let this empire of entertainment enrich your event team.