Join Us Above, Below, & Beyond!


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 inspire conservation of the vital building blocks of sea, sky, and land.

Please Note:
The Butterfly House & Aquarium is a USDA APHIS regulated facility.
These regulations keep the butterflies and marine animals safe.
Learn what you should know before your visit.

Pacific Tide Pool schedule:
Wednesday-Sunday 10am-noon and 1-3pm.
The Tide Pool will be open to touching as staffing allows.

The Stingray Habitat is now closed. Learn more about the changes.

School Field Trips

Our educational tours are an indispensable learning tool that your students will be talking about long after their visit!

K-5 grade classes visiting during the August-May academic school year may qualify for a free field trip, funded through a generous grant provided by the Floyd family. Timeslots are limited.


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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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!

Featured Events

Fun in the Sun!

Join us for hot dogs, yard games, and some Fun…

May 29, 2023

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Zoofari (formerly Expedition ZooFalls) is an after hours, 21+ event…

July 27, 2023

5:30 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!