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Embark on an unforgettable adventure where you'll discover the wonder of tropical butterflies and the mesmerizing world of marine aquariums!
We welcome you to the only butterfly house and public saltwater aquarium in the Dakotas!

Our mission is to create connection and inspire conservation of wild species and spaces.

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BHA Memberships are Back!

Can't get enough of the Butterfly House & Aquarium? Purchase a membership today to get year-round access to all your favorite animals!

  • Individual Membership
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  • Family Membership

Eastern Shores Touch Pool Now OPEN

Eastern Shores is a new touch pool experience featuring diverse species like horseshoe crabs, sea stars, spider crabs, knobbed whelks, channeled whelks, purple urchins, sheepshead minnows, and killifish. Guests will have the opportunity to (gently) touch some of these animals, including the crab and whelk species under supervision from Butterfly House & Aquarium (BHA) staff.

The grand opening for Eastern Shores is Thursday, June 20. Regular hours for the exhibit will be Thursday - Sunday from 10 am - 1 pm.

Eastern Shores has been a months-long renovation and retheming project by BHA staff - requiring a vast array of expertise, including exhibit design and décor, plumbing and water chemistry, and a deep understanding of aquatic animals and habitats.

The habitat shares the footprint of BHA's former, decade-ole Tidepool exhibit, but is rebuilt with accessibility and increased animal wellbeing in mind. Where it was once necessary to stand and step up to see the animals, the pool surface is now lower and accessible to guests of all ages and mobilities. For the animals, aquarists selected species that tend to coexist harmoniously. They also have more space to retreat, if they choose not to be touched.


Infant (0-1)


Youth (2-17)


Adults (18-59)


Senior (60+)


*Plus 9% sales tax


Sunday - Saturday

10 AM - 4 PM

* Last entry at 3:30 PM

Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Conserve. Educate. Inspire.

Unleash your imagination and step into a magical world at the Butterfly House & Aquarium, a nonprofit organization and the only public saltwater aquarium in the Dakotas. Here, you'll discover the wonder and beauty of nature through interactive exhibits and exotic animals that will amaze and delight visitors of all ages.

Not only will you have an unforgettable experience, but your admission fees and donations also play a vital role in our mission of inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards, making a positive impact on the world. Come and join us on this exciting journey of discovery and inspiration!

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Zippity Zoo Day (GPZ)

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July 13, 2024

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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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August 10, 2024

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Books & Butterflies

Join us for coloring books, a book exchange, and a…

August 17, 2024

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Falling for Animals (GPZ)

Bubble parties, inflatables, lawn games, and more!

September 21, 2024

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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ZooBoo (GPZ)

October 18 - 20 at Great Plains Zoo

October 18, 2024

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Spooky Seas

Get ready for a hauntingly good time as we transform…

October 26, 2024

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Santa at the Zoo (GPZ)

Visit Santa and all your favorite animals at the zoo!

December 7, 2024

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Holiday at BHA!

We ho-ho-hope you'll join us for our Holiday at BHA!

December 14, 2024

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Let's Get Tropical

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and immerse yourself in a world of wonder as you stroll through a lush rainforest environment and dive deep into the depths of the sea to discover the fascinating world of marine life, all at the only butterfly house and aquarium within hundreds of miles!