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“My son loves the aquarium” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Butterfly House & Marine Cove

Butterfly House & Marine Cove
Ranked #4 of 52 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: Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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3 reviews
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“My son loves the aquarium”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My son loves the mini-aquarium, which is just as much an attraction as the butterflies. The butterfly area is smaller than I initially anticipated, but it is filled with butterflies as well as beautiful carribean plants. I do feel that the price of an adult admission is slightly steep at $8.50, but I have an annual membership pass, so that cuts down on cost.

Visited November 2013
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Fosston, Minnesota
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“MUST do for families!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This is the perfect place to bring young kids! Fun and educational... The butterfly house was a great experience and the marine center was awesome too! The kids had so much fun touching the sea creatures. We spent several hours here starting our visit at the adjacent park and then capping our time at the butterfly house in the reading room (another wonderful surprise).

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Omaha, Nebraska
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Little Pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I agree with other reviewers that the butterfly house is a little expensive considering what you get. Go to the zoo first in town, as it is a great place for the family for many hours of fun. Do not go to the butterfly house during peak weekend hours, as it is super packed and a little overwhelming with screaming kids. Best to go first thing in the morning on weekends or on the weekday. It has a small aquarium, moderately sized butterfly enclosure and some stingray's to touch in a pool. Kids like it. It only takes about a 30 minutes to go through the whole area. There is a little kids play area. It is a little odd you enter through the gift shop and leave through the gift shop. Definitely trying to the get kids to latch onto some gifts. The zoo is the same price or cheaper and way, way, way better experience.

Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Worth the Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There is always an educated butterfly expert present to explain the evolution of the butterfly, what part of the world they come from and interesting facts on butterflies. This is a fun place for me to practice my photography...there are beautiful flowers, small waterfall, etc

Visited August 2014
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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12 reviews
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“A little pricey for what it is”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I can't remember for sure but I think it was around $20 for the 2 of us. You go into the Aquarium room. They have some totes where you can feel the different textures of Starfish. Then a small pool with some Stingrays you can touch them too if they get close enough or you have long arms.
Also A small saltwater tank with a viewing bubble you have to basically crawl into,must be built mostly for kids. And another saltwater tank along a wall like the one in my Dentists office. Then into the Butterfly room. Lots of different Butterflies Tropical plants and some small Quail wandering around really quite nice. It's to bad they didn't put this into their Zoo.

Visited July 2014
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