Buying a balloon ride for yourself is often the most direct way of learning about the sport. Ask if you can help with the inflation and deflation of the balloon - most passengers enjoy helping which maximizes your experience. Don't forget your camera either.
There are several companies who offer balloon rides in this area. The flight lasts generally an hour, and you should plan to spend about 2-3 hours for the entire adventure. Flights will take place near dawn and dusk since that's when the wind is the calmest. Below is a list of pilot names and contact information.
The following pilots are commercially rated to give rides in the Sioux Falls area. They also can give flight instruction. Please contact them personally for more information and availability.
For general inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org