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Review of Butterfly House & Marine Cove

Butterfly House & Marine Cove
Ranked #4 of 57 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 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
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90 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
2 Thank Jackie77
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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167 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Keeps Improving”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
2 Thank Michelle245248
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Sioux Falls
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87 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Better than ever”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 Thank ScubaDiverRick
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Holland, Michigan
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Fun place to visit with smaller kids”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Thank Brian P
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Tulare, South Dakota
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62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best place to go when there is snow outside!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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