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Reptile Gardens

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World class place!

Despite being from the area, we have travelled extensively and have toured several animal... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2019
Rapid City, South Dakota
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RG is continually updating their facility and it is always fun seeing the venom snakes - if you... read more

Reviewed December 24, 2018
Billings, Montana
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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...more
8955 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6577
+1 605-342-5873
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Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

Despite being from the area, we have travelled extensively and have toured several animal attractions. This attraction is steeped in history, has amazing handlers and staff and is a leader in its field. From the botanical gardens to the grounds housing the reptilian and feathered...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Johnbrockelsby, Public Relations Manager at Reptile Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2019

Wow!! Thank you so very much for your kind comments.

Reviewed December 24, 2018

RG is continually updating their facility and it is always fun seeing the venom snakes - if you can, bring a small dog w you - the larger snakes get rather active!!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Johnbrockelsby, Public Relations Manager at Reptile Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2018

Thank you. We are always striving to improve every year. Thanks Rattling Yours Johnny B

Reviewed December 5, 2018

I had visited this place 20 years ago and now had to take my 11 year old son here as from what I can remember it was fun as a kid. It didn't disappoint as he had just as much fun as I remember I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

The number of reptiles exhibited here is incredible. The bird shows and the snake shows are not to be missed. We enjoyed every aspect of this attraction. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back again.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

My kids loved this reptile adventure! We were fortunate to watch two shows featuring birds and snakes held at the Gardens. Both shows were great and everyone was able to pet a python, if they wanted. The Reptile Gardens has one of the largest snake...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

This place never disappoints our family even when it's cold out it's still a great place to enjoy. The outside shows are not up and running but it's still nice

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

My husband and I came here a few years ago and we couldn't wait to return with our girls. We spent about 3 hours reading about all the snakes they have, taking many pictures and playing with the prairie dogs. The park they build is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

I was fully prepared to roll my eyes at what I thought was going to be a typical tourist trap...but this place is astoundingly cool! Gorgeous plant and rock specimens, and terrifyingly awesome snakes. The live snake-handler show was up close and very exciting, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

We live semi-nearby and go here on a regular basis. My kids love it and are always begging to go again. We enjoy the gator wrestling and how helpful and friendly all the staff are.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

I want to say this place is over price, small, and it's not worth the stop... But if you have children this place is awesome. Yes it's pricey just like anything else in a tourist town, but the staff keeps it really nice, they work...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Kadee D
July 24, 2018|
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Response from charlesbU9515AO | Reviewed this property |
We were there about 3 hours, was enough time to see the three presentations (we did arrive just as one was about to start) and see all the other things as well.
July 3, 2018|
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Response from Maggie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are 3 shows, birds, snakes, and alligators. The exhibits are well done. I love watching the prairie dogs. The young man doing the gator show is an amazing communicator. It is not just a show, it is educational... More
June 10, 2018|
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Bears or Snakes? (5 Replies)
With limited time, are the Reptile Gardens or Bear County a better choice? (Two adults, no kids.) Both get good reviews. Also, is Storybook Island worth a peak, or is it strictly for the kiddies?
May 03, 2016|
Response fromDave M|
That's a tough call for me, if you have never been to a drive thru zoo before I would choose Bear Country. Reptile Gardens is more like a conventional zoo. You literally can not go wrong with either of them. I would skip Storybook, most definitely for kids...
Lebanon, Oregon
IItinerary for Day 2 in Rapid City Area (4 Replies)
We plan to take the 1880's train r/t from Hill City at 9:45 , then drive to Rapid City after having lunch in Hill City, to visit the Journey Museum, then visit the Chapel of the Hills, then visit the Reptile Gardens . We are planning to have dinner at the Flying T Chuckwagon and Show that evening. Is this trying to do too much in one day or is this easily done? Thank you for your reply
March 12, 2006|
Response fromgibby2|
It's quite a bit, but doable. You'll be getting back from the train ride about noon. It's about 1/2 an hour drive into Rapid, so it depends on how much time you allow to eat. Let's say about an hour. The Journey takes about an hour and a half - they have "talking sticks" that you listen to at each exhibit, so it's hard to cut off much time. Chapel of the Hills is wonderful, and doesn't take much time, maybe half an hour. So, I've got you getting to Reptile Gardens a little after 4. Seating at...More
In SD now, advice on panning and other must-do's (2 Replies)
Hey all- we are in Custer, got to SD yesterday! I need some advice on where a good place is take my boys panning for gold. They are young, but not naive and the cheesy dinky 'panning' sites at all the tourist traps are not going to cut it. They want a real experience. My 10 year old had a ball at Cosmos, but he even "got" the tricks, soooo... i would like somewhere authentic. I was thinking Big Thunder, is that a good place? We're heading to rushmore tomorrow, and the next custer...More
June 24, 2008|
Response fromCasaAzul|
My son at 9 loved gold panning. We went to Wade's Gold MIll in Hill City. The people there were very nice and showed him how to pan, he even found a nice size gold flake! Jewel Cave has a short cave tour (about 20 minutes) that you can take the 1 year old in.