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Reptile Gardens, Rapid City
(4.5/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
Located on the road to Mount Rushmore, Reptile Gardens was entered into the Guinness World Records in 2014 for being the largest reptile zoo in the world. A guide will introduce you to the attraction's reptile residents. An alligator and a birds of prey show are both regular events. Ask about show times when you purchase your ticket at reception, or visit the website to check the calendar. Plan to visit Reptile Gardens during your Rapid City vacation using our convenient Rapid City trip itinerary maker.
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  • This location also included a botanical garden and is fantastic for only adults or families. You need to see the 14-16 foot alligator and the large tortoises. This place was fantastic. 
  • I went by myself today and stayed 4 hours because Reptile Gardens is GREAT! There is such a variety...lots and lots of snakes, crocs and alligators, giant bugs, birds, orchids, bald eagle, giant torto...  more »
  • Perhaps a little pricey, but very cool and educational. We enjoyed both the outdoor and indoor exhibits, and the bird and snake shows. Petting the giant tortoises was a highlight. 
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  • There are plenty of road side attractions in The Black Hills. Don't lump Reptile Gardens in with them. This is a top notch run private zoo featuring, as the name would lead you to, reptiles. During the summer you have to go see the croc and alligator show! The snake show is pretty cool as well. Even in the fall when many of the shows are shut down, walking through the park to watch the giant tortoises, or see that many beautiful birds, or the crocs housed warmly indoors, is a real treat. This is a well run, top notch place. You should go.
  • Best tourist attraction in the hills! Staff is nice, and every exhibit is above and beyond. I like seeing the bald eagles, owls, snakes, and crocodiles! There's an alligator show that's awesome, and a snake handling show. Plus there's a really nice park for the kids to play in. Plus there's exotic birds and really cool poison arrow frogs that are really colorful.
  • Was not in my travel plans but I decided to go with my family, then I was like wow, didn't seen as big at 1st, but my day was gone there.. family love it.. a must go. Snake, alligator, bird show were great.. very family friendly, all my kids love it, they even give you a return pass if you arrive late. Go there, you won't regret it.
  • I was not expecting to like this place honestly. I do not like reptiles much at all. My husband and daughter wanted to go here, so I obliged. I was amazed that there was so much more than just reptiles though! They have birds here, and their displays of botanicals are spectacular. I thought the price was very fair, and even more so because they allow you to come back as much as you want for even a couple of days all for one price. Employees really seemed to enjoy their jobs and everyone was very friendly, courteous, and helpful. I'd visit again in a heartbeat!
  • This was hands down the best part of our trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This park is extremely well maintained and there is a lot to see. The staff is very friendly and we easily spent 4 hours exploring. The alligator show and snake show were fantastic - do not miss. Our presenter was Tracy and he kept the punch lines coming while being extremely knowledgeable. My children got to pet an alligator, a snake, and a giant tortoise. Loved this place!