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Reptile Gardens

8955 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57709
605-342-5873
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Ranked #5 of 34 attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: World-renowned adventure park, Reptile Gardens is a must-see family attraction no matter what your age. We maintain the finest collection of tropical... more » Owner description: World-renowned adventure park, Reptile Gardens is a must-see family attraction no matter what your age. We maintain the finest collection of tropical plants, colorful flowers, and exotic reptiles anywhere - we have more species and subspecies of venomous reptiles than any other zoo or park in the world! « less
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Dallas, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We spent much longer here than we anticipated. We saw both the croc show and the snake show, and both were fantastic. We also stopped to see the tortoises, bald eagle, and all the critters in the dome. DEFINITELY worth the visit. And it wasn't *too much* walking for my mom, as it is relatively compact.

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Tomah, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We are never sure about going to places like this! So often they are not worth the money but this one was! Our kids loved it and so did Mom and Dad!

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Gillette, Wyoming
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Greeted by friendly people and their several different areas of interest. A great place to take the youngsters and give them a close up view of outdoor life. I found the area with the birds, snakes (Non-poisons) fascinating. A joy for all!!

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Syracuse, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was a very pleasant surprise, really well done and we heard it was listed in the guiness book of records. It's very cool.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Our family of 6, all kids under 10, loved this place! The price is modest, but this exhibit/attraction can last for hours--plus, you just ask any gift shop attendant for the 'vacation pass' (so you can return any time during your vacation and enter for free!) and it's more than worth it. The have 3 main shows--alligators, snakes, and birds.... More

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Educational and interesting. Knowledgeable staff. Went to all 3 stage shows-snake, bird, and alligator. All were great!

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Tamborine Mtn, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We liked this place because it was easy to get around for the wheelchair. However there is a section on the lower floor of a building which had a dreadful smell. I must admit it was a smell of dirty drains and I couldn't wait to get out of there. However the rest of the place was really good. I... More

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Bismarck
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Staff super friendly, animals are great. Animal shows are very exciting. We went back 3 days in a row, couldn't get enough. Only wish we had something like this at home!!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Reptile Gardens is a must if you are going to South Dakota. They have great exhibits and you can interact with the tortoise. The shows are fabulous. The alligator show had us on our toes for sure. Highly recommend.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I would definitely not waste your money here. For two adults to enter, it was $33 and it took us 26 minutes to see everything. Most of the animals were in small, sad conditions. The gators/crocodiles that were inside had little room and no sunlight while the ones outside were cramped together...probably a minimum of 20 of them in a... More

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Johnbrockelsby, Public Relations Manager at Reptile Gardens, responded to this review

I’m so sorry you had such a disappointing time at our attraction. I’m a little puzzled how you could see our attraction in 26 minutes. I would have to assume that you simply chose not to see what our business has to offer. Our Snake show, Bird show and Crocodilian show are 30 minutes each and are very popular with... More

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