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Reptile Gardens

8955 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57709
605-342-5873
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Ranked #3 of 35 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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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

lots to see and entertainment was well organized and fun. Our grandchildren enjoy this place everytime we go to Rapid City, SD

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Fantastic stop for family to spend a few hours and learn about Reptiles,raptors,amphibians and spiders. The only thing we were extremely put off by was one of the snake handlers (girl) that seemed to be very perturbed when someone would walk into the exhibition a little late. we also had our 2 year old which was very vocal and excited... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is a world class herpetologic adventure - great for kids and grown ups alike! One of our favorite places to bring out of town guests.

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Akron, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I went here with my 16 year old grandson, He really enjoyed the snakes and lizards. I preferred the beautiful flower gardens. They also had a tropical rain forest with plants, birds, turtles, fish, etc. that you would find in that habitat. They also have several performing shows with birds, snakes, etc. There's a bald eagle and a couple 100... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

People were friendly. Animals were not all pent up and abused. Snakes were a wee bit scary because you can actually view them. Amazing botanical garden. Exquisite botanical garden. Lovely photo ops. Amazing service and help. Loved it.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was a very interesting stop - we showed up on a cold(ish) rainy day in early September, so the crowds were small, and it was easy to take your time at each exhibit, which was a big plus. Lots of snakes, and many of them were up close to the front and moving around. At most reptile exhibits, it... More

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Westville, Il
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This place is small but beautiful. There are huge tortoises and tiny tortoises. Snakes of all sizes and venom levels. Beautiful gardens which will amaze you. Definitely a must see!

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Sherman, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I liked the place. The alligator show was the best. There is also a bird show and they get kids from the audience to participate. And, there is a snake show, which we should have skipped. The flowers and plants there are beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Excellent place to spend a day or half day with the family. I was very impressed with the exhibits and shows.

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Thornton, Colorado
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37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I wasn't sure what to expect since this is a roadside reptile zoo but we spent 3-4 hours wandering around and it was great. The animals were well treated and the shows were great. It isn't massive, but it's EASILY big enough that you really feel that you get your money's worth and then some. Highly recommend!

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