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“Delightful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove

Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove
4320 South Oxbow Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
+1 605-334-9466
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Ranked #6 of 60 things to do in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Enjoy over 800 free-flying butterflies from around the world in the tropical conservatory. View hundreds of vibrant marine fishes and corals in over 10,000 gallons of aquariums, including the Pop-Up Dome Aquarium, Shark & Stingray Touch Pool, and Pacific Tide Pool. Experience interactive learning and relaxation with tropical butterflies and marine life. A year round tropical destination! The Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove is a nonprofit organization, funded entirely by admissions, memberships, gift shop sales, and donations. Thank you for visiting and supporting our mission of learning, healing, and celebrating nature's beauty with tropical butterflies and marine life!
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“Delightful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I simply loved this place! It was so much fun to sit still so the butterflies would land on you. Taking pictures of them was quite the challenge but the few pictures I caught were worth it.

Visited August 2013
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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“Keeps Improving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I visited for the first time in about 5 years and was happy to see the new fish exhibits. It made our trip more worthwhile to have the variety of the butterfly house and the fish. We had fun walking around inside on a very cold winter's day. I hope they continue to expand!

Visited January 2014
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Sioux Falls
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“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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Tulare, South Dakota
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“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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