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Reptile Gardens, Rapid City

4.6
#1 of 13 in Outdoors in Rapid City
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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  • I had visited this place 20 years ago and now had to take my 11 year old son here as from what I can remember it was fun as a kid. It didn't disappoint as he had just as much fun as I remember I did. ...  more »
  • The number of reptiles exhibited here is incredible. The bird shows and the snake shows are not to be missed. We enjoyed every aspect of this attraction. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Would...  more »
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  • This is a great place to visit if you enjoy seeing animals up close. It would be great to visit with children. There is enough to see and do at the Reptile Gardens to spend at least 5 hours here. The price of admission is also reasonable, given what you can do inside. There are 3 shows available, offered at regular intervals. They each last about 20 minutes. The shows are: alligator show, snake show, and bird show. These are all entertaining, and informative. Of these shows, there is plenty of suspense and excitement given during the gator show. I highly recommend spending time in the atrium/dome area. This is a truly unique building. You can walk through orchids, and see various lizards, birds, and other reptiles. I would say this is a hidden gem in South Dakota.
  • This place was so fun! We went in early September after school started so there were no crowds and the weather was perfect. This was my most favorite zoo experience I've ever had because many exhibits are open and you are very close to the animals. The habitats are all thoughtful and creative, mostly using real plants. All the gardens throughout are gorgeous and well planned and maintained. The variety of snakes is impressive. The whole facility is not a big as a traditional zoo but a perfect size for taking little kids. We didn't use a stroller for our 1 and 4 year olds though we occasionally used a carrier for the little one. There is a nice and shady playground for little kids too. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The gift shop is huge and sell lots of fun animal themed items. As a former student and employee of a museum this place has my high respect for it's design and consumer experience.

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