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We welcome you to the only opportunity to experience
tropical butterflies and marine aquariums in the Dakotas!

Please keep in mind that COVID-19 continues to impact the butterfly & aquarium industry.

As a result:

The touch pools are closed to touching, but open for viewing.
(Hand sanitizer is deadly to marine animals. Due to extensive use of hand sanitizer products,
we cannot endanger the stingray and tide pool animals’ health.)

We continue to work to fully restock the butterflies’ nectar plants.
(Tropical plant nurseries have not been able to keep up with product demand.)

Our weekly shipments of new butterflies are unpredictable.
(Our butterfly suppliers in Central & South America are facing unannounced airline shutdowns.)

The Conservatory does not have its new cooling system so it is warmer than usual.
(Equipment production is delayed by 3 months due to backlogs of orders.)

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time.

Conserve. Educate. Inspire.

Step into a different world at the Butterfly House & Aquarium, a nonprofit organization and the only public saltwater aquarium in the Dakotas. Here, you can explore interactive exhibits and exotic animals in this destination for both the young and young at heart. Your admission fees and donations aid us on our mission of inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.


Infant (0-2)


Youth (3-17)


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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Let's Get Tropical

Stroll through a natural rainforest environment, take a trip to the bottom of the sea, and get hands-on with friendly sea creatures at the only butterfly house or aquarium within hundreds of miles.

Featured Events

Wings & Waves Gala

Save the Date to celebrate and support the Butterfly House…

September 24, 2021

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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