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Reptile Gardens, Rapid City

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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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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  • Although there is not much to do in the spring season, this is still a great place to visit. My personal favorite part of this place is the prairie dog exhibit. I love the fact you can view prairie... 
    Although there is not much to do in the spring season, this is still a great place to visit. My personal favorite part of this place is the prairie dog exhibit. I love the fact you can view prairie...  more »
  • Even though we didn’t get to see the outdoor shoes it was a wonderful addition to our vacation! The entire family throughly enjoyed it 
    Even though we didn’t get to see the outdoor shoes it was a wonderful addition to our vacation! The entire family throughly enjoyed it  more »
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  • I didn't think this place would be as cool or fun as it actually was. The greenhouse dome is gorgeous and full of beautiful tropical plants. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the mineral rocks throughout the animal habitats and grounds are really fun to look at as well. I do wish they would label some of the mineral rocks and tropicals they have because they are just as interesting as the animals. The prairie dog town was so fun. Our family sat and watched them for at least half an hour. If you are traveling to visit Mt. Rushmore this is definitely a fun place to stop with your kids.
  • The whole family enjoyed it here. The animals seemed well taken care of. I felt the gators could've had bigger accommodations, but it was cold outside, so maybe they go outside when it's warmer. There wasn't a single staff member who didn't act like they loved their job. They were pleasant, courteous and would answer any questions we had. The prairie dog village is where it's at if you're not from South Dakota. Overall this was a highlight of our family vacation.

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