Nov 29

Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove: A World of Color

Butterfly on Purple FlowerThe Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove was a nice stop for Karen, me, and baby M while traveling through the Sioux Falls area of South Dakota.  Karen and I, both being nature lovers, look out for places like this anytime that we travel, plus we thought M, who was five months old at the time, would enjoy seeing all the pretty colors flying around her.  Another plus was that the time that we went a cold front had just moved into the area and after spending all morning at the Great Plains Zoo walking through the free flight room was a welcome respite from the cold.MonarchsSioux Fall’s Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove was a nice treat for us.  Going in I had relatively low expectations, having never seen their website but just a flyer at the hotel we were staying at.  All worries were put to rest when we walked into the free flight room.  In their 3,600 square-foot indoor tropical garden where hundreds upon hundreds of butterflies from around the world live their short lives in 80 degree temperatures.  Besides the large variety of beautiful butterflies the green house was decked out in lush garden full of foliage and flowers.  There also was a glassed in area where new butterflies were emerging from their cocoons.  Karen and I really enjoyed this area partially due to the fact that we had it all to ourselves.  Being a little bit on the small size I imagine it would feel crowded if a dozen other people were in there.  Overall I would say that we spent a good 45 minutes to an hour watching the butterflies.AquariumThe other part of the Sertoma Butterfly House is their Marine Cove which is an area of 13 fish tanks ranging in size from 75 to 2,300 gallons.  It would be a nice area if you never have a chance to see any type of real aquarium, but having just come from Omaha and the Henry Doorley Zoo and their newly renovated aquarium this area was a quick flyby on our way to the butterflies.  To be nice they did have several large fish tanks filled with the usual suspects (fish from Finding Nemo) and a touch tank with the chance to pet stingrays and sharks.  Our baby M really liked this area she is too little to pet the sharks but she liked all the pretty colors in the fish tanks.Tropical FishThe Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove also had a nice learning lab filled with a large collection of nature books geared towards elementary aged children.  It looked like a great place for families to go and explore nature’s wonders.  They also had a large gift shop that was filled with goodies.Blue Striped ButterflyOverall, I would say that the Sertoma Butterfly House is a good stop for anybody that loves nature and if you are a butterfly fan and are in the area then by all means go you will have a good time.  Karen and I found the staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable especially the lady that was working the free flight room the day of our particular visit.  She informed us on how to tell how old the butterfly is by looking at the condition of their wings.  Now I would not go out of my way to see the Sertoma Butterfly house especially if there is one in your neck of the woods.  We did think the price was a bit high for what is there but we would also like to pay less for all things, who wouldn’t?  Karen and I enjoyed our time there and if fate ever takes us back to Sioux Falls and we need a place to get out of the cold or kill an hour or two then the Sertoma Butterfly House is the place to go.ButterflySertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove
Located at 4320 South Oxbow Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD
Hours of Operation: Memorial Day to Labor Day Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The rest of the year they are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 13 to 59 $8.50 Seniors 60 and over $7.00 Children 5 to 12 $5.50 and Children 3 to 4 $3.00
For more information visit their website at http://sertomabutterflyhouse.org/Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove

Get free daily email updates!

Follow us!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


You might also likeclose