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Reptile Gardens

8955 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57709
605-342-5873
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Ranked #6 of 33 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Went there last summer with my son and his two boys, ages 6 and 8. they absolutely loved this place and have not stopped talking about it since! It's a little pricey, but they spend hours here...if you have family members who are interested in reptiles, don't miss this place! I was a little worried that it was going to... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

What a great attraction for the entire family. Went today with my mom, a three year old and a one year old, and we ALL loved it. The flowers are breathtaking, as always and they have done some nice changes to the indoor alligator and crocodile enclosures. Everything was very clean and the staff was very friendly. Don't miss this... More

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I cannot believe all the snakes, alligators and frogs at this place. We also got to touch a giant tortoise. The people who work at the reptile gardens all seemed knowledgeable. I liked the snake show but was very disappointed (and left in the middle of it!) by the crocodile show. I feel like the script that the handler used... More

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Mitchell, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Liked the shows...a little less scarey then when I was a kid...learned a lot about reptiles and animals I would not normally enjoy dealing with...small but worthy of attendance!!!!

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Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Our family visited the Reptile Gardens during our recent trip to Rapid City. We have nothing but nice things to say about this place. We went at around 5pm which meant less people and fewer crowds. This allowed us more personal time with the animals that were available to touch and we had more time to chat with the zookeepers... More

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Sturgis, South Dakota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I had a wonderful time, my daughter got picked to be an assistant and she absolutely loved it!! it was so fun, i will for sure be going again, the staff was for the most part wonderful, and i learned alot about some animals!

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Slayton, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We were able to get in all the shows at Reptile Gardens. They were all ok but the alligators was the best. The young man did an excellent job of making the audience watch the gators because they were always on the move. We enjoyed the giant turtles and all the snakes too.

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Harvard, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Very clean place, everyone who worked there was very nice. The grounds were beautiful. Tons of great exhibits with very interesting write ups.

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Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

A good all around visit here. We spent a total of about 3 hours here, and took in both the gator show (very neat), and the snake show (a bit creepy). The kids loved the playground as well as the sky dome, which housed some huge and otherwise interesting animals. The host of the gator show was funny and captivating,... More

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Oostburg, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The family wanted to see the Reptile Gardens! I went along with it not expecting much and we all loved it. Our favorite thing was the Alligator Show, second favorite was the Reptile dome. The dome was filled with tons of exotic snakes, lizards, birds, and plants. I was not expecting to see such a sampling of animals. The staff... More

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