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Butterfly House & Aquarium

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Address: 4320 S Oxbow Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106-4110 (Formerly Butterfly House & Marine Cove)
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+1 605-334-9466
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description:

Enjoy over 800 free-flying butterflies from around the world in the...

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 Butterfly House & Aquarium 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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The staff was engaged and you could tell they really liked their jobs. They also offer a military discount, however, make sure you bring your ID. Or you will have to walk back to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 8, 2016
Christina1223
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

The staff was engaged and you could tell they really liked their jobs. They also offer a military discount, however, make sure you bring your ID. Or you will have to walk back to you car in the cold, even if your husband has his id, all to save $1. Had I known that I would have just paid the... More 

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Thank Christina1223
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit and worth the price. We didn't have butterflies land on us for the first time though.

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Thank Rachel W
Mahwah
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We really enjoyed it. The Marine cove was interesting and they have touch pools. The butterfly garden was so cool! So peaceful! I could have just sat on a bench and watched them all day long. Well worth the $10 fee to get in.

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Thank SophiesMomma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

When I walked in the butterfly house i was so surprised. Very cool. My granddaughter loved the turtles and baby quail. A must see. The sea life exhibit was awesome with stingray to pet little sharks sea urchins and a lovely gift shop.

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1 Thank Patty K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Our visit there was outstanding! Anyone who has never been has truly missed out on a wonderful experience. We are going back again next year!

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1 Thank Shelly O
Fishers
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

My daughter and I were excited to see all the butterflies and marine life, but for the price it cost us, we were disappointed. First the marine life area was small and though interactive, as far as, being able to touch some things, it wasn't impressive to us. The butterfly exhibit was just a SMALL area with flowers and trees... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

One room aquarium with activities (touching sharks, starfish, stingrays) and a small garden with tropical butterflies that is maintained to look the same summer or winter. First I was concerned this was for younger kids than ours. We used to go to places like this with them when they were smaller. I was however amazed how much fun two teenagers... More 

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1 Thank RobN385
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

The butterflies love bright colors. Wear a bright shirt and they will come to you and attach to your shirt.

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1 Thank connie146
Tomahawk
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

This is a great place to learn and see butterfly's. It was very cool to see them all. They are well cared for and even have a couple of small birds in the place to take care of pests.

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Canova, South Dakota
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51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Was somewhat surprised at how enjoyable this short afternoon visit turned out to be. If you are looking for a quiet, stress-free afternoon, you probably wont go wrong coming here. That applies to non-butterfly enthusiasts as well.

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Thank Wayne E

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