The Butterfly House & Aquarium is a sanctuary to more than 800 free-flying butterflies from around the world that live in a lush, tropical conservatory. Located in Sioux Falls and open year-round, this fantastic, family-friendly attraction also features South Dakota’s only public saltwater aquarium filled with hundreds of colorful marine fish, jellyfish, and exotic corals, a Shark & Stingray Touch Pool where visitors can enjoy hands-on learning experiences, a Pop-Up Dome Aquarium, and Pacific Tide Pool.

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The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House is home to more than 800 free-flying butterflies from all around the world, which live in a tropical oasis that is always a balmy 80 degrees. The house features a beautiful 3,600 square-foot indoor tropical garden and contains species from Asia, Africa, Australia and Central and South America. The Butterfly House also has a unique Emergence Window, where visitors can see the chrysalises hanging and possibly even watch a butterfly emerge.

The Cove

The Cove at the Butterfly House & Aquarium is a spectacular marine display of hundreds of different species of tropical and saltwater fish and brightly colored corals from oceans all over the world. Housed in aquariums filled with more than 20,000 gallons of water, the aquariums are home to anemones, clownfish, sea urchins and sea stars, seahorses, tangs, jellyfish, eels, sharks, stingrays, as well as soft corals and reef-building corals from the Indo-Pacific region and the Caribbean Sea.

The Shark & Stingray Touch Pool

The Shark & Stingray Touch Pool offers an interactive, hands-on learning experience where visitors can touch and interact with Horn Sharks, Bamboo Sharks, and Southern Stingrays in their natural environment.

The Pacific Tide Pool

The Pacific Tide Pool also offers an interactive, hands-on learning experience for visitors, showcasing the extraordinary invertebrates and sea creatures that live in the tide pools along the seashore. This exhibit features marine animals that are found in tidal pools from southern California all the way to Alaska, such as sea cucumbers, hairy triton snails, leather sea stars, red and purple sea urchins, and green and fish-eating anemones.

Educational Programs

The Butterfly House & Aquarium offers a variety of learning opportunities and educational programs for all ages and abilities, ranging from talks, lectures, classes, and workshops to The Discovery Den, which is an interactive learning space that features information about the aquarium’s ambassador animals, lifecycle exhibits, and a quiet reading nook. Events and happenings at Butterfly House & Aquarium include Kid-Venture Classes, Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls, Tibetian Singing Bowl Meditation, Twilight Flights, Tai-Chi and Yoga classes.

Visitor Information

The Butterfly House & Aquarium is located at 4320 South Oxbow Avenue in Sioux Falls and is open year-round, Monday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Fins & Flutters Gift Shop offers a variety of unique gifts and goodies for all ages, from books, educational toys and jewelry to clothing, home accessories and more.

4320 South Oxbow Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, Phone: 605-334-9466

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