When you're looking for a tropical experience, even in the middle of winter, the Butterfly House and Aquarium is the place to go. Now a new exhibit in the aquarium area is offering visitors a new hands-on experience.

A new touch pool will introduce Sioux Falls to the wonders of America's east coast. Eastern Shores will feature diverse species like horseshoe crabs, sea stars, spider crabs, knobbed welks, purple urchins, sheepshead minnows, and more.

Butterfly House & Aquarium display
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The habitat that Butterfly House and Aquarium regulars were familiar with has been rebuilt and reimagined to make it more accessible to everyone. The new touch pool also has species that tend to coexist harmoniously and they also have more space to retreat when they don't want to be touched.

Regular hours for the exhibit will be Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 1 PM.

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For more information check out the Butterfly House and Aquarium or call 605-334-9466.

Twelve South Dakota Places to Put on Your "Must Visit" List!

Make the most of summer in South Dakota and visit these spots that speak to why SD is great!

A lot of them you might have visited, some you haven't for sure, and some are old favorites that maybe you haven't been to in a while. So, while there is still a little time or even one more weekend, and gas prices are down a bit - - try and make it to one of these great places.
What can be found in these 12 locations?

What can't? Camping, fishing swimming, kayaking, birdwatching, and tons of other great outdoors-type activities. Historical, educational exploration, hobby interests, kids activities, just plain old beautiful scenery, and- - to use an overused phrase- -lots more!

With all of that in mind, let's dive in!

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15 Free Things to Do with Kids in Sioux Falls

"What are we gonna do with these kids?" A question every parent askes, especially in the summer. And it's always better if what you do with the kids is free.

Sioux Falls is a small city full of big fun for all ages, and a lot of it is free. We have world-class parks, museums, live music and so much more. Here's a handy list of 15 free things for you and the kids to do in Sioux Falls.

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