Experience tropical butterflies and marine life from around the world in our land locked state.

Admission Information


What rules should I know before visiting?

We are a USDA APHIS regulated facility.

To meet the conditions of our permit, restricted items include:

  • Diaper bags, car seat carriers, and strollers
    *Medical stroller accommodations will be made.
  • Hats
  • Outerwear, including hooded sweatshirts and jackets
  • Food, snacks, gum, and drinks
  • Sippy cups, bottles, and closed containers, except for water
  • Large bags (must be less than 12"x12")
  • Age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult for entry into the facility
Can I bring my dog into the facility?
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), only working trained service animals are permitted within the facility. Pets, exotic species, therapy animals, and emotional-support animals are not permitted.

Owners assume all risk to their service animal, including but not limited to zoonotic disease transmission and ingestion of toxic materials.

The ADA does require service animals to be always under the control of the handler. Service animals who attempt to chase or bark at the turtles or quail will be required to leave the Conservatory. You will not be issued a refund or rainchecks for tickets if you are asked to leave the premises.
Why are the facility rules in place?

The Butterfly House & Aquarium is a USDA APHIS regulated facility, and we hold a USDA APHIS permit to display exotic butterflies in our Conservatory. Because these butterflies are non-native, the Butterfly House & Aquarium undergoes rigorous inspections to maintain the permit. To meet the conditions of our permit, the rules must be enforced for all guests entering the facility.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) protects the health of US agriculture and natural resources against invasive species. All of our rules are in place to protect the butterflies living in our building and to help ensure these non-native butterflies do not escape from the Butterfly House & Aquarium facility.

I scheduled a group tour. When should I arrive?

Please arrive 5 minutes before the start of your tour.

When should I arrive?
We are open 10:00am to 4:00pm daily, with the last admission at 3:30pm. We recommend arriving by 3:00pm to ensure you have at least one hour to view the exhibits. The building clears at 4:00pm.


Infant (0-2)


Youth (3-17)


Adult (18-59)


Senior (60+)


*Plus 9% sales tax


Sunday - Saturday

10 AM - 4 PM

* Last entry at 3:30 PM

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Enhance Your Experience

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The aquarium at the Butterfly House & Aquarium displays hundreds of different species of fish and corals in 10,000 plus gallons of tropical habitat.
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Butterfly House

Over 800 free-flying butterflies welcome you to their 3,600 square foot home in the Dakota's only insectarium. Purchase a butterfly feeder at the gift shop and you can have them eating from the palm of your hand.
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Discover More

Learn about insects, marine life, and conservation with innovative total-immersion exhibits like the Discovery Den, where kids explore the natural world.

Exhibit Map

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

Kids corner

Kid's Corner

Your little learner can explore before they ever get to the exhibits with educational videos, coloring sheets and more.

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.