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“Better than ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sertoma Butterfly House

Sertoma Butterfly House
4320 South Oxbow Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
605-334-9466
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Ranked #5 of 27 attractions in Sioux Falls
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Sioux Falls
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Better than ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The flight room's 1,000 butterflies have been joined by over a dozen button quail to entertain kids and adults alike (they also help keep the ants and bugs in check). Butterflies from El Salvador, Ecuador, Malaysia, Suriname, The Philippines, and Costa Rica fly freely in the flight room -- if you wear brightly colored closthes, you hava a better chance of them landing on you. Eight-degree temperatures are a good place to be, especially when it's cold outside. In the marine cove, work is ongoing for a Caribbean reef and a tidal pool. Horn sharks, bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs and southern stingrays are in the touch pool. Fresh water and salt water aquariums include cichlids from Africa, lion fish, white-mouth moray eels, zeba eels, Australian stone fish, Nemo & Dori, sea anemones, upside-down jellyfish, brittle sea stars, golden Tonga dog-faced puffer, queen angel fish, emperor re grouper, Indian sailfin tang, and more. Seahorses will also be coming back on exhibit soon. There is a library with hundreds of books and toys for the kids, as well as a theater room to view a series of seven short 5-7 minute films about the butterfly house & marine cove, a wall of over 300 species of butterflies and moths that have livewd in the butterfly flight room, gift shop and restrooms. Nearby Sertoma Park also offers a venue for picnics and kids to blow off some energy.

Visited November 2013
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Holland, Michigan
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“Fun place to visit with smaller kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were heading to the Black Hills but were looking for something to do for a few hours to break up our drive. This was a great stop. We all enjoyed the butterflies and the aquarium. This is a fun, family stop where you can expect to spend a couple of hours.

Visited July 2013
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Redfield, South Dakota
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best place to go when there is snow outside!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We love this place! Where else can you go in Sioux Falls to see blooming flowers and colorful butterflies when it's below 0 out? The staff have always been helpful and cheerful making our visit all the more relaxing. People of all ages we have taken here and not one has left without a smile on their face.

Visited January 2013
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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“Tranquil”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We decided to go out for the day and the butterfly house was somewhere we hadn't been before. It was beautiful place to visit. Very calming and tranquil. We sat and just took it all in.

They have also added in a splash pool for seeing fish and being able to touch them. This area was very informative.

I hope they add more to it over the years to come.

Visited January 2013
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Prescott, AZ
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“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Didn't expect too much but LOVED the variety of butterflys from all over the world. Great photo opportunities. The little Button Quail were adorable. Would go again.

Visited September 2013
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