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Reptile Gardens, Rapid City

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Located on the road to Mount Rushmore, Reptile Gardens was entered into the Guinness World Records in 2014 for being the largest reptile zoo in the world. A guide will introduce you to the attraction's reptile residents. An alligator and a birds of prey show are both regular events. Ask about show times when you purchase your ticket at reception, or visit the website to check the calendar. Make Reptile Gardens part of your personalized Rapid City itinerary using our Rapid City tour site.
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  • It makes little sense to have a reptile zoo in South Dakota, which has no native reptiles of which I am aware, but Reptile Gardens was an interesting attraction to visit. The highlight is a giant...  more »
  • A must see when in the area. This place has a fascinating variety of reptiles and very educational if you take the time to look and read. We had our 11 yr old grandson with us, and we all had a great....  more »
  • Beautiful!!! Cool, overcast day. Not very crowded because of the weather but it was the perfect time to visit. The landscaping is breathtaking, the displays are well done and informative. Great place for younger kids as they have room for them to run and play. The staff members are well trained and very helpful. We had a great time and hope to go back soon.
  • We had a great time. The entire place is well-set-up with a lot of different animals. The gentleman that was running The snake show in the morning at 10:15 and The reptilian show at 11 o'clock on Saturday, August 24, 2019 deserves a raise. He was super educational. But he was also a great entertainer. Hilarious with self deprecating humor.

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