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Reptile Gardens

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Shows make this place worth it

I had visited this place 20 years ago and now had to take my 11 year old son here as from what I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sartell, Minnesota
Great attraction, incredible assortment of reptiles

The number of reptiles exhibited here is incredible. The bird shows and the snake shows are not to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alan N
Rapid City, South Dakota
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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...more
8955 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6577
+1 605-342-5873
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had visited this place 20 years ago and now had to take my 11 year old son here as from what I can remember it was fun as a kid. It didn't disappoint as he had just as much fun as I remember I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The number of reptiles exhibited here is incredible. The bird shows and the snake shows are not to be missed. We enjoyed every aspect of this attraction. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back again.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alan N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My kids loved this reptile adventure! We were fortunate to watch two shows featuring birds and snakes held at the Gardens. Both shows were great and everyone was able to pet a python, if they wanted. The Reptile Gardens has one of the largest snake...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MateoPmw
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

This place never disappoints our family even when it's cold out it's still a great place to enjoy. The outside shows are not up and running but it's still nice

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jonzz39
Reviewed 2 November 2018

My husband and I came here a few years ago and we couldn't wait to return with our girls. We spent about 3 hours reading about all the snakes they have, taking many pictures and playing with the prairie dogs. The park they build is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tanyac21
Reviewed 22 October 2018

I was fully prepared to roll my eyes at what I thought was going to be a typical tourist trap...but this place is astoundingly cool! Gorgeous plant and rock specimens, and terrifyingly awesome snakes. The live snake-handler show was up close and very exciting, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

We live semi-nearby and go here on a regular basis. My kids love it and are always begging to go again. We enjoy the gator wrestling and how helpful and friendly all the staff are.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DrPOfamily
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

I want to say this place is over price, small, and it's not worth the stop... But if you have children this place is awesome. Yes it's pricey just like anything else in a tourist town, but the staff keeps it really nice, they work...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

My husband had visited Reptile Gardens 35 years ago and it was the only place he wanted to make sure to see again on this trip to South Dakota. It did not disappoint. I wish we would have went earlier in the season so we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 13 October 2018

much more than expected, two great talks, one on birds, the other on snakes. The snake keeper took a number of venomous snakes out of their cages - much to the surprise of the audience. Explained how to safely deal with a rattling irritated rattlesnake.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank James D
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Kadee D
24 July 2018|
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Response from Charles B | Reviewed this property |
We were there about 3 hours, was enough time to see the three presentations (we did arrive just as one was about to start) and see all the other things as well.
3 July 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
10 June 2018|
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Response from Michael S | Reviewed this property |
We did not see that.