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Reptile Gardens

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8955 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6577
+1 605-342-5873
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The kids loved it!!

I took my boys 15 years ago and it remains one of their favorite childhood memories. We went back... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Terri B
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Boise, Idaho
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This place is small, but so very worth the visit. My husband & I came here in 2001, and now that we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jenny F
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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 venomous reptiles than any other zoo or park in the world!
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  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“giant tortoises” (178 reviews)
“snake show” (348 reviews)
“baby alligator” (38 reviews)
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8955 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6577
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+1 605-342-5873
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I took my boys 15 years ago and it remains one of their favorite childhood memories. We went back with our granddaughter and the boys. The loved it!!!! Watch the wrestle an alligator show, it great. Huge turtles one is 112 years old.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is small, but so very worth the visit. My husband & I came here in 2001, and now that we have children we couldn't wait to bring them now (2018). My three boys (8, 10, 13) loved it. The shows (bird, snake, and...More

Thank Jenny F
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When you first arrive they have 3 different shows available. The Alligators with live gator wrestling. Very funny. The bird show with trained birds and the snake show. We enjoyed all the shows and then just walked around seeing all the exhibits it made for...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We came on a rainy day and most of the attractions are outside. It was still great that they had the gator show and other shows and the bleachers for the gator show are covered so you don't get wet. The only complaint is the...More

Thank DHharris
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Reptile Gardens has beautiful gardens, I appreciated the labels near the various plants. Each show was entertaining and very informative in addition to the displays! Their gift shop has a surprising variety along their theme and your admission allows you to return again during your...More

Thank Damon D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My parents took us here when I was little. Now had chance to visit with my own kids. The facilities have been updated - flowers are beautiful. Kids enjoyed it - want to visit again. We went super early, right when it opened. Had the...More

Thank D V
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The entrance fee for a family ($18/adults and $12/kids) is pretty high for the mini-zoo experience. Not really any coupons or opportunities for discounts. Check out the Snake, Alligator and Bird Shows. Snake and Bird Shows are mediocre. Alligator show was funny, exciting and educational....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were very pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed ourselves. The snake and alligator shoes were great. The number and type of specimens on display was impressive. And the turtles were amazing!! Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

My kids really wanted to go here but I didn't but now I'm glad I listened to them. I expected just a bunch of snakes and reptiles in cages with little else. But wow was I surprised. This is well curated and well explained facility...More

Thank markmywordz
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I must admit that I hesitated to stop here given that I don't love reptiles but our grandchildren wanted to. We were so surprised to find such beautiful gardens and the entire facility was so well done. Don't miss the snake/bird/croc shows. The giant turtles...More

Thank JRB187
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Luke R
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
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joanna636
June 10, 2018|
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Response from MinotGirl | Reviewed this property |
We also didn't see any chickens there, so not sure.
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Ginger1022
June 9, 2018|
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