Reptile Gardens

8955 S Highway 16 (at Neck Yoke Rd), Rapid City, SD 57702, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
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The largest reptile zoo in the world, housing more species of reptiles than any other zoo or wild animal park.


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    Rachel M.
    "One if the largest collections of Reptiles, with many rare species!"(5 Tips)
    Dru W.
    "The alligator show was awesome!"(4 Tips)
    Andrew H.
    "The snake show is great, and not just for kids!"(2 Tips)
    Anna E.
    "... show is a must see! Handler is witty and gives a great show (and not..."(2 Tips)
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  • snakes
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  • alligator show
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  • family-friendly
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  • friendly staff
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  • Mohan M.

    Reptiles, Birds, plants, fossils, skeletons - they got it all. Great shows and was fun for kids and adults.

    Mohan Maddi · August 16
  • Codi S.

    This place is incredible! Lots to see, clean facilities, pleasant staff and the performers at the shows (I saw 3 shows, 1 performer did 2 of them) were great and would tailor their humor. Recommended!

    Codi Spraker · August 6
  • Shawn F.

    Cool place to visit. Felt bad for all the crocodiles shoved into a tiny exhibit.

    Shawn Finley · March 26
  • Andrew H.

    The snake show is great, and not just for kids! Lots of awesome exhibits and a beautifully kept flower garden. Great place to spend an afternoon!

    Andrew Hudson · September 2, 2014
  • Tyler-Kati B.

    Kind of small for being the "world's largest reptile collection", & the food is overpriced, but the staff is friendly. They allow dogs on leashes so you don't have to leave them in the car!

    Tyler-Kati Barndt · September 1, 2014
  • Kathleen O.

    Snakes boots anyone?

    Kathleen O'Donnell Grone · July 12, 2014
  • Callen W.

    Tourist trap

    Callen Wallace · August 6, 2013
  • Jenny S.

    The alligator show is great! The trainer keeps the show fun & you learn a lot about the different kinds of gators. He's not bad on the eyes either. Lots of other critters to see also.

    Jenny Schepper · July 7, 2013
  • EZ G.

    Before you go, find d out when they are going to feed the pythons.

    EZ GSA · June 19, 2013
  • Amber O.

    Don't go if its really windy!

    Amber Ohlman · May 31, 2013
  • Brian

    Cool stuff to see. Also great show!

    Brian · July 5, 2012
  • Austin

    Best reptile sex scene of 2011!!!

    Austin · July 3, 2012
  • Dru W.

    The alligator show was awesome! And the guy who put on the alligator show was pretty hot ;)

    Dru Wermers · July 2, 2012
  • Sharon S.

    Great bald eagle

    Sharon Showman · November 13, 2011
  • Parag S.

    A must stop for anyone visiting Mt Rushmore. The amount of reptiles here were amazing to see. Most of which you will not see anywhere else in the country.

    Parag Shah · November 6, 2011
  • Anna E.

    Alligator show is a must see! Handler is witty and gives a great show (and not bad to look at either).

    Anna Eidem · July 18, 2011
  • Rachel M.

    One if the largest collections of Reptiles, with many rare species! Definitely worth $15. Avoid Henda though, she's finicky.

    Rachel Mercer · July 4, 2011
  • The Black Hills of South Dakota

    Go visit the tortoise house and meet Methuselah - South Dakota's oldest living resident. Methuselah was born in 1881 and weighs 600 pounds!

  • Christina M.

    Check out the alligator show. Lots of fun and educational (the handler is pretty hot too)

    Christina Miller · July 31, 2010

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