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Reptile Gardens

8955 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57709
605-342-5873
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Ranked #5 of 32 attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Ainsworth, Nebraska
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Our kids loved the visit to Reptile Gardens!! It was very clean with a nice variety of reptiles. The gift shop was clean and had a nice variety of things to purchase.

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I'll be honest - I stopped just for the smashed penny. BUT...you can't get to the penny machines without paying admission! Whatever, I'll pay admission. (It kind of goes against my smashed penny rules anyway, to get a penny without having seen whatever's on the penny.) I still thought I'd run in, get the penny, and run out, you know?... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We visited Reptile Gardens today, and are so glad we included it on our family Black Hills vacation. We really enjoyed the exhibits in the Skydome, the Snake Snow, the Prairie Dog town, the Tortiose House, and the Eagle. Spent quite a lot of time here and enjoyed it. You will too!

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Black Hills
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Reptile Gardens is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours. I took my 3-yr-old granddaughter there and she thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a place that specializes in reptiles (which includes alligator wrestling, of course!) but also has birds of prey, beautiful grounds and little playground and a very nice gift shop.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I visited Reptile Gardens in summer 2012 (I put May 2013 in the required box as the only possible choice, but our visit was before that date). We enjoyed it but it's definitely more for children/families. Reptile Gardens also had an exhibit of Papua/New Guinea arts and crafts that was interesting. For my tastes, the cages for... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Reptile Gardens in an educational and entertaining attraction with great customer services. Don't miss the orchids and other exotic flowers; the gems and minerals inside the reptile displays; and of course the snake gator wrestling, and other shows!

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you like reptiles, large and small, then you may enjoy this place. I think children will enjoy it a lot more than adults. They have a few shows, such as an alligator show and snake show, geared more towards children. We were in a RV park across the street from Reptile Gardens, so we decided to walk over there... More

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Eaton, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

For going in early April there was a lot of great things at this facility. Price should reflect season, however I believe you can get a pass for multiple visits if I read correct. The entire thing was nice, my 4 year old loved all the stuff that you get to see. I say yes for families, if you have... More

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Greeley, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Read such great reviews so we decided to go...bad idea... They charge a lot of money and the exhibit isn't all that large - the size of a very small zoo. The large reptiles (like crocs/alligators) are in rooms that are barely bigger than they are - some are missing toes and a couple looked dead! Worst part is we... More

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Johnbrockelsby, Owner at Reptile Gardens, responded to this review

I'm so sorry you were disappointed. I'm very sorry for the mix up on the show times. I wish you would have talked to us while you were here so we could try and fix things for you. If you e-mail me your address I will be happy to mail you a refund. My e-mail is johnnyb@reptilegardens.com More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

All the animals were really active and even though I'm not a fan of snakes I still had as good of a time as my kids and husband. They had information on every animal there, including little known facts. I recommend this for anyone.

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