Butterfly House

The Butterfly House is home to tropical butterflies from around the world. They begin their journeys at butterfly farms and once they form their chrysalides, they travel to their new home with us where they emerge as beautiful butterflies.

Admission & Hours

Sioux Falls' Tropical Getaway

Step into the jungle, where lush vegetation surrounds you and it’s always a balmy 80 degrees. Over 800 butterflies from every corner of the globe welcome you to their 3,600 square foot home in the Dakota’s largest insectarium. Enjoy the serenity and awe-inspiring beauty that is the Butterfly House on your local tropical getaway.

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Butterfly Feeding

Help us keep our most popular inhabitants happy and healthy with a unique look at how butterflies eat. They'll be eating out of the palm of your hand! Rent your butterfly feeding equipment for $3 at the admissions counter for up-close-and-personal fun.
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Behind the Scenes Butterfly Tour

Each week, we receive hundreds of butterfly chrysalides and moth cocoons and wait as they undergo their metamorphic magic. See it happen on this Behind-the-scenes tour.

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Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet to help them find suitable plants and food.

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To get all the necessary nutrients, butterflies will sometimes sip mineral-rich mud puddles. Tasty!

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Butterflies can’t fly if the temperature falls below 55ºF. On cooler days, they’ll shiver or bask in the sun to warm up their flight muscles.

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Butterflies have poor eyesight when looking at anything over 12 feet away but can see ultraviolet colors invisible to humans.

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Some butterflies ingest poisons from toxic plants to make themselves less appealing to hungry birds.

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A group of painted turtles is called a ‘bale of turtles.’

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Butterflies are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Admission

Infant (0-2)

Free

Youth (3-12)

$9

Adults (13-59)

$12

Senior (60+)

$11

*Plus 9% sales tax

Hours

Monday - Saturday

10AM - 5PM

Sunday

11AM - 5PM

* Last entry 1 hour before close

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Events & Programs

Schedule your next event or join us for educational classes and events throughout the year!
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Exhibit Map

Explore the aquarium and butterfly house as you learn about ocean conservation in this unique destination for family entertainment.

Become a Member

Enjoy unlimited visits for a full year with your membership! We offer a variety of affordable membership options for individuals, couples, families and grandparents to help you make the most of your local tropical oasis.