Reptile Gardens

In the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Reptile Zoo

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About Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens

Are you ready for an adventure that’s fun for the whole family?

Reptile Gardens has more species and subspecies of reptiles than any other zoo or wild animal park in the world! Reptile Gardens is a premier South Dakota destination that houses some of the world’s deadliest snakes and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Reptile Zoo.

Main Exhibits

Rattlesnake Gulch

Full of great photo opportunities, Rattlesnake Gulch is also full of fun, family activities, and kids' attractions. Try your hand at gold panning, gemstone sluicing, or go on a 3D safari.

Cheyenne the Bald Eagle

Cheyenne is a bald eagle and has been a permanent resident of this wildlife zoo for 11 years with the permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac the Giant Crocodile

Maniac is one of a few giant saltwater crocodiles in the known world. At nearly 16 feet long and roughly 1,250 pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere.

Giant Tortoises

Come mingle with these gentle, giant tortoises. Our Aldabra Tortoises know how to take it easy, love attention, and are great with kids!

Prairie Dog Town

The black-tailed prairie dog is found in the Great Plains of North America. See firsthand what life is like for a typical prairie dog at Reptile Gardens.

Sky Dome

The Sky Dome at Reptile Gardens is one of the most recognizable South Dakota attractions. Visit a tropical oasis filled with rare & unique flora and fauna.

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant, Galapagos Tortoise and long-time resident who weighed over 600 pounds! His memory lives on at our outdoor playground for kids.

Shows

Snakes

Get up-close-and-personal with this family-oriented, reptile show and learn about a wide variety of different snakes during our snake-handling demonstration.

Gators

This exciting wild animal show is a favorite South Dakota attraction and features alligators, crocodiles, and caimans in a fun, informative, and interactive presentation.

Birds

Bird shows are featured daily at this interactive Rapid City attraction. See a raptor take flight or have a conversation with a parrot!


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