Reptile Gardens

★★★★★
  • 8955 S Highway 16

    Rapid City, SD 57702

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  • 605-342-5873

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Reptile gardens is a great attraction no matter what your age is. You can easily spend a day here. The collection of reptiles and birds is great. They have various shows going on. We attended a couple of shows and they were good. The place is maintained well and I really liked the way the birds section was designed. It was designed like a forest. The birds fly freely in and you can walk through and see them. Its a great place to visit and I would definitely recommend this place.

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Reptile gardens is a great attraction no matter what your age is. You can easily spend a day here. The collection of reptiles and birds is great. They have various shows going on. We attended a couple of shows and they were good. The place is maintained well and I really liked the way the birds section was designed. It was designed like a forest. The birds fly freely in and you can walk through and see them. Its a great place to visit and I would definitely recommend this place.

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My family loves going to this place. Thay have so many animals to look at and shows to watch. You can easly spend a day there. The price is high if you are from out of state but people living in SD get a year pass for the price of there addmisson. The staff are trained very well on how to work with the animals.

5
★★★★★

My family loves going to this place. Thay have so many animals to look at and shows to watch. You can easly spend a day there. The price is high if you are from out of state but people living in SD get a year pass for the price of there addmisson. The staff are trained very well on how to work with the animals.

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We had come to see Mt. Rushmore, but happened to see signs for the Reptile Gardens. My kids hardly remember Mt. Rushmore, but still talk about visiting the Reptile Gardens. There are so many fascinating things to see, and so many demonstrations. We particularly liked the Alligator Show, and we got some wonderful pictures of our family in the brightly blooming "Aviary" style room. This was so much more than we expected! My kids were 7, 5 and 2 at the time, and ALL of them loved it. The adults loved it too!

PROS: Great place for kids AND adults!
CONS: Admission price a bit high for a one time visit.

5
★★★★★

We had come to see Mt. Rushmore, but happened to see signs for the Reptile Gardens. My kids hardly remember Mt. Rushmore, but still talk about visiting the Reptile Gardens. There are so many fascinating things to see, and so many demonstrations. We particularly liked the Alligator Show, and we got some wonderful pictures of our family in the brightly blooming "Aviary" style room. This was so much more than we expected! My kids were 7, 5 and 2 at the time, and ALL of them loved it. The adults loved it too!

PROS: Great place for kids AND adults!
CONS: Admission price a bit high for a one time visit.

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This is my absolute favorite "tourist trap" in the Black HIlls. You just don't expect one of the largest reptile collections to be in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The prices aren't too bad to get in and if you're a SD resident after you pay the first time you have a season pass so you can go back anytime you want that season. It's not just a bunch of snakes and lizards behind glass either. They have demonstrations so you can learn more about the different animals. It's great for kids and adults alike. And if you aren't amazed by the snake "death row," the world's deadliest snakes, or the crocodile show, you definitely will be amazed by the 100-year-old giant tortoises roaming around their penned area where you can go in and see them up close.

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★★★★★

This is my absolute favorite "tourist trap" in the Black HIlls. You just don't expect one of the largest reptile collections to be in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The prices aren't too bad to get in and if you're a SD resident after you pay the first time you have a season pass so you can go back anytime you want that season. It's not just a bunch of snakes and lizards behind glass either. They have demonstrations so you can learn more about the different animals. It's great for kids and adults alike. And if you aren't amazed by the snake "death row," the world's deadliest snakes, or the crocodile show, you definitely will be amazed by the 100-year-old giant tortoises roaming around their penned area where you can go in and see them up close.

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