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Reptile Gardens, Rapid City

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#1 of 7 in Outdoors in Rapid City
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. Make Reptile Gardens part of your personalized Rapid City itinerary using our Rapid City tour site .
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  • We love reptiles, so this was definitely a favorite for us! It did not disappoint. We attended the bird, snake and alligator/crocodile show. Even when very crowded, you get to see everything up close ...  more »
  • We visited in the off season but still enjoyed the animals. The woman at the ticket desk was extremely friendly and pleasant to chat with. We all loved the snake show and thought holding the baby croc...  more »
  • Seriously just go it's great for the whole family! Great staff, the price is right and the kids had a blast!  more »
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  • I loved it! My favorite part was the tortoises; they are all very friendly and adorable. The staff is kind and helpful. The gift shop is incredible! If I could have afforded it, I would have bought out the whole shop! I like how interactive you can be with the tortoises. I also enjoyed seeing all the different snakes, crocodiles, and alligators and details about each one. It is a very exciting place for all ages!
  • They had a wonderful variety of reptiles! I've studied herpetology for almost 20 years and was the cleanest place I've ever been. The animals are very well taken care of. They also have birds and Prarie Dogs. The landscaping is some of the best I have ever seen but the paths throughout the gardens can be somewhat confusing. The gift shop has some of the best prices for souvenirs and the staff are very friendly!
  • What an amazing place. It's beautiful and all the animals are wonderful. I suggest you see the animal shows they have. Fun for all ages. The tortoises were my favorite!
  • It was very fun with my grandma and I. The gator show was very cool. The bird show was fun because you get to interact with the animals. The snake show was very cool. Overall, it was very fun. The people running the shows were sarcastic which made it alot more funny.
  • Very nice clean reptile exhibit. The big wows were being able to pet the Galapagose tortoises, especially Tank, the huge saltwater crocodile Maniac, and the giant sea turtle fossil replica in the arboretum. I also like how they have crystals in all of the animal enclosures.

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In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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