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Reptile Gardens

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Address: 8955 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone Number: 605-342-5873
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World-renowned adventure park, Reptile Gardens is a must-see family...

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!

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Some really neat things to see

This is worth the stop. Plenty of cool things to see. Take your camera. Lots of things to take pictures of. Go and check it out.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mike C
Frisco, Texas
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Frisco, Texas
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is worth the stop. Plenty of cool things to see. Take your camera. Lots of things to take pictures of. Go and check it out.

Thank Mike C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is hands-down the best place to take a toddler in all of Rapid City. Probably all of South Dakota! They have an awesome snake show, lots of scenic areas to walk in, an awesome indoor jungle, and plenty of animals to look at. My daughter loves to go here. Plus a season pass is so reasonable! I love Reptile... More 

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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We are zoo lovers and mistakenly thought that the reptile garden would have a 'zoo feel'. There is a large collection of animals here, but the park charges high prices for a place that can easily been seen in a couple of hours. While all of the staff seem to genuinely care for and respect the animals, some of the... More 

Thank booglesC
Cody, Wyoming
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here in 1967, it was a slightly different location and venue, we returned after 48 years and was blown away by the changes they had made, the obvious care of the animals and grounds, and the over all feeling of all is right in the world. They have been in business for 80 years, highly recommend a visit,... More 

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Lorette, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the kids to the Reptile Gardens in August 2014, and the only bad thing was we came a little later in the day and missed some really cool shows. The shows we took in were awesome! entertaining and informative, the kids loved it.. we'd definitely go back!!

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Cody, Wyoming
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The person who posted before me didn't get what's going on here, and that's a shame. This is an amazing habitat for unusual creatures in our world. The staff is knowledgeable and most of them are 20 year veterans or more of this establishment. The aviary/rainforest-y room is chock full of plant life you may never see in a life... More 

Thank missj409
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So since it was off season the price of admission was slightly reduced but not enough. We walked thru the entire thing in less than an hour. The shows that happen in warm weather sound great and if you are in area in warm time I might recommend this BUT, don't go in off season.

Thank Queenbee4067
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has an amazing amount of displays and reptiles to view and get educated. Huge tortoises, snakes from everywhere, all sizes, vipers to pythons. Frogs, Crocs, Spiders, prairie dogs, the exhibits were well done, interesting and educational. Really enjoyed our stop here.

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Dillon, MT
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came in the off season and still had an awesome time. The staff was very friendly and my kids enjoyed all the different animals! I think my husband and I enjoyed it more though lol. The outside park and activities were great. We want to come back in the summer to see some of the outdoor shows. The gift... More 

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Ballwin, Missouri
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely attraction. Everything seems well cared for. We saw a snake show and a bird show. Both were well done and we were VERY close to the presenters and their animals. This is a family friendly attraction. We were told they have the biggest snake exhibit in the world.

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