We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 8955 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone Number: 605-342-5873
Website
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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!
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 747 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 468
    Excellent
  • 205
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
On the road

We went to Reptile Gardens earlier in the year the we have in the past, so there were some parts of it not going yet, but we still enjoy visiting the park, so much to see.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Rachel M
Add Photo Write a Review

747 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We went to Reptile Gardens earlier in the year the we have in the past, so there were some parts of it not going yet, but we still enjoy visiting the park, so much to see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Fun place. Kids loved it. Too bad the tortoise were not outside to interact with or any of the live shows going on. Will definately be back!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I have been going to Reptile Gardens since I was a little kid in the late 60's. It has gotten really nice with improvements in the facilities and overall look in the last 10 years. It is a very nice place to visit even when they are swamped.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Faringdon, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

You can spend hours here looking around at the different animals and was very impressed with the shows which included the croc show where a guy walks into a enclosure of loads of crocs and the snake show which is very informative and great to see. Fully recommend!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We got a season pass because we love this place! It has amazing animals and a very kind staff members. It is educational and fun. It is hard to believe it is hidden away in the hills of South Dakota.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

We had a fun time as a family here. All the kids of different ages really enjoyed it as well as us parents.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cheyenne, WY
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Family vacation Easter 2015. The whole family loved it, especially the grandson. He was our tour guide since he has visited before. There is a lot to see and beautiful outdoor areas with a playground.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nova Scotia, Canada
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
59 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The snake collection here is amazing- even as a non snake liking person like me it was still impressice! The giant gator is pretty cool to- read the story on how he came to be there! We visited early in the opening season- not a lot of the attractions and grounds were quite ready yet but still worth the stroll... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We toured just before the summer season. The snake show was awesome. It was apparent that the message was to be educational and entertaining. The kids (and adults) learned a lot about "real world" encounters with snakes vs tv shows. The outdoor areas are probably better in the summer, but overall great experience!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gillette, Wyoming
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Our family usually visits Reptile Gardens during the summer season. Visiting during early April was a delight because there were no crowds, and we received our annual pass for Spring prices instead of the higher Summer prices. The Sky Dome was a nice tropical break from the cold spring weather. We made a few laps to see who could spot... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Reptile Gardens also viewed

 

Been to Reptile Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Reptile Gardens staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?