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“If you only have time to see one thing, this is it!”

Butterfly House & Aquarium
Ranked #4 of 66 things to do in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy over 800 free-flying butterflies from around the world in the tropical conservatory. View vibrant marine fishes, jellyfish, and corals in ten 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Sioux Falls
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“If you only have time to see one thing, this is it!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

SERTOMA stand for SERvice TO MAnkind. It is a fraternal organization which saw fit to build a butterfly pavilion in Sioux Falls. One of about 30 butterfly houses that is open year-round, it is a great stop for anyone coming through SIoux Falls. With roughly 1,000 free-flying butterflies on any given day, it provides a nice respite from a hectic day of traveling. The button quail and painted turtles round out the inhabitants of the flight room. The accompanying Purdy Marine Cove has over a dozen fresh and saltwater aquariums, and a touchpool with stingrays and sharks. The aquariums have eels, queen angelfish, emperor red grouper, lion fish, Australian stonefish, variety of tangs, discus fish, albino golden bobos, catfish, neon tetras, rainbows, hawkfish, and assorted cardinals. It's reading room is loaded with toys and books, a skink, a tarantula, and another aquarium with upside down jellyfish, yellow tang, bengai cardinal, blue carpet ananome, sea cucumber, brittle sea star, pencil urchin, and urchin. The theater room has several movies -- most recently an animated series of 5-minute movies explaining the fish and butterfly exhibits. One of the walls in the theater room contains over 300 butterfly and moth specimens from the flight room - to include the atlas moth and Madagascar moon moths. The adjoining Sertoma Park has a huge pavilion and playground activities for kids.

Visited July 2013
Thank ScubaDiverRick
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English first
London, England
Level 6 Contributor
394 reviews
179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
“Spend Some Relaxing Time Watching the Butterflies, Flutterby”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

There is something relaxing about watching Butterflies and this place has them in abundance.
Take a while to just sit and watch the myriad of colours pass you by, and , if you're lucky, they'll even come and settle on you. Or, like one visitor, you can chase them all around trying to get a photo, and failing.
There is a well stocked gift shop and also an aquarium and one of those touchy tanks for the kids to touch some fish (I prefer them in Batter with Fries).
I'd recommend a visit, well worth it.

Visited June 2013
Thank ManicUSAVisitor
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Santa Rosa, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Amazing to sit and walk with so many butterflies all around you. But you have to be very careful not to step on the baby quail that help control the ants. Great for children and adults both.

Also includes small aquarium where you may touch the baby sharks and stingrays (if you have washed you hands). Nearby in the park are several play structures and nice picnic are.

The volunteers staff are enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.

Visited July 2013
Thank Deborah A
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed July 15, 2013

The numbers of butterflies is truly amazing. They are constantly flying around and often land on you. It is, however, very humid inside which is very understandable. You do forget about the humidity when you admire the beauty of the many different butterflies

Visited July 2013
Thank 104John
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Brandon, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very friendly volunteers”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Not the biggest butterfly house I have been to but stocked with all foreign species of butterflies. The touch pool was also a huge benefit to have access to.

Visited July 2013
Thank Jay R
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