Reptile Gardens

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  • Address: 8955 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, United States
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8003350275
  • Ticket Price: 17 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo, Family And Kids

Reptile Gardens - Review

This unique zoo cum wild Animal Park is definitely a treat for wildlife enthusiasts. It plays home to a wide variety of reptiles and unique plants that aren’t seen just everywhere. In fact the Reptile Gardens is the largest reptile zoo in the whole wide world with more number of reptiles than any other zoo or animal park. They have got snakes, lizards, crocodiles, komodo dragons and amphibians to name a few animals in their collection. Many of them have also been featured in popular TV shows too. They are very particular about getting their animals from zoos and not capturing any from the wild. This park may give some visitors literal creepy crawlies, but being so unique, is a treat that shouldn’t be missed.

Reptile Gardens Information

  • To avoid large crowds, best time to visit is either early in the morning or late afternoon.
  • In summer season, though gates close at 6 pm, grounds and gift shops are open till 7:30 pm.

Reptile Gardens Ticket Prices

Spring Season (March 5 – May 26)

  • Adults: 12.50 USD
  • Seniors: 11.50 USD
  • Children (5-12): 8.50 USD
  • Children (4 & under): Free

Summer Season (May 27 – September 5)

  • Adults: 17 USD
  • Seniors: 15 USD
  • Children (5-12): 11 USD
  • Children (4 & under): Free

Fall Season (September 6 – October 31)

  • Adults: 12.50 USD
  • Seniors: 11.50 USD
  • Children (5-12): 8.50 USD
  • Children (4 & under): Free

Winter Season (November 1 – 30)

  • Adults: 9.50 USD
  • Seniors: 9.50 USD
  • Children (5-12): 6.50 USD
  • Children (4 & under): Free

Discount given to US Military personnel. Please ask authorities for the same.

Contact park for group rates.

Reptile Gardens Opening and Closing Hours

Summer Season: May 27 - Sept 5

  • No admission to the guests at 6:00pm, but the grounds and gift shop will be open until 7:30pm.

How To reach Reptile Gardens by Public Transport

  • By renting or hiring a car/taxi.

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TripHobo Highlights for Reptile Gardens

  • Reptile Gardens Address: 8955 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, United States
  • Reptile Gardens Contact Number: +1-8003350275
  • Reptile Gardens Timing: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Reptile Gardens Price: 17 USD
  • Best time to visit Reptile Gardens(preferred time): 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Reptile Gardens: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Reptile Gardens

  • 95% of people who visit Rapid City include Reptile Gardens in their plan

  • 42.84% of people start their Reptile Gardens visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Reptile Gardens

Monday, Friday and Saturday

91.52% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Reptile Gardens

People normally club together Bear Country USA and Downtown Rapid City while planning their visit to Reptile Gardens.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Reptile Gardens, Rapid City Reviews

  • This is a great place to visit if you enjoy seeing animals up close. It would be great to visit with children. There is enough to see and do at the Reptile Gardens to spend at least 5 hours here. The price of admission is also reasonable, given what you can do inside. There are 3 shows available, offered at regular intervals. They each last about 20 minutes. The shows are: alligator show, snake show, and bird show. These are all entertaining, and informative. Of these shows, there is plenty of suspense and excitement given during the gator show. I highly recommend spending time in the atrium/dome area. This is a truly unique building. You can walk through orchids, and see various lizards, birds, and other reptiles. I would say this is a hidden gem in South Dakota.

  • This was a re-visit from my childhood. Still very cool, interesting and informative. They opened in 1937. They do not defang or inhibit these animals from their natural states. They have 3 giant tortoises...two of which are 55 and one who is nearly 113! I had my picture taken with one when I was 9 and now our 9 and 11 year old were able to do the same. Definitely go to the shows....alligator, bird and snake. The young folks who teach and entertain the groups are funny, and personable. You can take food in with you or eat from one of their stands. The spectacular flowers and enormous variety of reptilians will not disappoint! The best part...ask for a “vacation pass”. This will allow you to go back ANYTIME while still traveling without paying another entrance fee!! Folks, this is not just a “later in the day” this is any day. Total cost for our family of four to enter $60 and a few bucks at the large gift shop.

  • We visited Reptile Gardens in early July 2018. Our two sons, ages 6 and 7, are heavily into reptiles so this was the first place we visited on our stay in the Black Hills. It did not disappoint! It is the perfect size, not too big or spread out, so going back to see something we liked was easy. The trees, flowers, and exotic plants were gorgeous. There was a "Wow, look at that!" moment for our boys almost constantly, and quite a few for the grown-ups in our group as well. The wide variety of creatures (not only reptiles) seemed to be well cared-for. There were plenty of opportunities for the kids to safely touch some of the animals. The staff was well-informed, caring, and did a very good job of teaching the kids about the animals. I can't comment about the food or drinks available because we didn't take advantage of those, but I did notice there was a covered area for eating. Overall, we had a great experience, and our boys still remember Reptile Gardens as one of their favorite parts of our Black Hills vacation.

  • It was the best in my childhood and even greater now! Love it! You get to see gators, snakes, and all the other reptiles you could think of... even some you wouldn't imagine! Be sure to check out the whole park, the dome houses some especially awesome creatures. Great shows and great photo opportunities, beautiful place. They even have a little snack bar with pretty good options. (Frozen lemonade cart also, don't miss that on a hot day!) You can even spot mount rushmore there 😉

  • Awesome place! The flowers and gardens are spectacular! The animals where wonderful! Being able to actually pet a real giant tortoises was a great experience. The shows were a lot of fun and well done! I would definitely recommend visiting!

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