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Reptile Gardens, Rapid City

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • We have been here twice. It is really neat to get there when they are feeding the animals. Birds fly all around you on the lower level. Very clean and maintained. Staff very nice and knowledgeable. 
  • A fun family attraction! Beautiful flowers, great shows! Friendly staff! Lots of parking for RVs, campers etc 
  • I went to Reptile Gardens when I was a kid and now I'm taking my grandkids. They have been around a long time. The kids liked the turtles and the snake show. I want to go back again so we can catch so...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Not impressed for the price of $58 for family of 4. It was small and not even an hour and we were done. We went based off the reviews but I see exaggeration was used in reviews. The reptile show was fun to watch and the prairie dogs were cute as well as the tropical part in the dome. I would have paid half and felt it was fine for 45 minutes. If you go take cash and quarters because they have added things inside that cost cash only.
  • We have come here 2 years in a row and the kids just love coming here. It's fun for the adults too! Not pricy considering what some of the other attractions cost, and so much to see and enjoy. Keep up the great service and attraction!
  • We loved this place. Very clean and well run. Se real cool live shows with birds, gator wrestling, snakes. All kinds of critters to look at and learn about. Amazing flowers and free roaming critters in the atrium. Would recommend for families or anybody that likes reptiles, gardens with exotic flowers,birds, gators, snakes!
  • Overall I wouldn't say this was worth the money we spend. While the collection of reptiles in the facility was certainly impressive, the space in which some of the animals were given seemed pretty borderline cruel. For instance, they kept a 12 foot crocodile in a containment of probably 15 by 25 feet, and the walls had a yellowed wallpaper picture that depicted a gold course. My friend and I stopped here as many I assume do on their way to Mt. Rushmore, and a good amount of the time we just felt uncomfortable with the amount of living space these animals were given. In addition to that, this isn't a place you should plan to "pop in" to, as there was a lot of shows that happened at certain times that would require you to spend a good amount of time there. Overall: not my cup of tea, but I'm sure if you're with kids they might get a kick out of it, the living spaces the animals were given just seemed pretty sad.
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