Reptile Gardens

Rapid City, SD

Zoos & Wildlife
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Address: 8955 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA How do we get there? Number: 605-342-5873
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Did you know that Reptile Gardens in Rapid City has been giving families fun and educational experiences since all the way back in 1937? That's a lot of fun that's been enjoyed over the years!

Today, the Reptile Gardens are one of the most popular attractions in Rapid City, because kids can get up close to some of the most amazing reptiles on Earth!

If you love snakes, you are in luck! The gardens hold some of the famous venomous snakes including the Cottonmouth and Copperhead. There are also non-venomous snakes at the gardens too.

What's also great about Reptile Gardens is they have a section showcasing creatures native to South Dakota! Did you know that so many were just at your front door? There are lizards, snakes, turtles, and amphibians too.

Make sure you spend some time in the Botanical Gardens too, which are a welcome break from all the fascinating creatures. There are two indoor area - the Safari Room and the Mezzanine.It's actually the Sky Dome that houses the world's largest collection of reptiles, and the mezzanine level is where you can see the world's deadliest snakes!

Then, the outdoor gardens feature beautiful experiences exploring koi ponds, meeting a giant tortoise who has been a resident since 1954, AND Darwin, the resident Kookaburra!

A scaly family day out in Rapid City for all!

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How much does it cost?



$10 to $18 pending season



$7 to $12 pending season (Ages 5-12)



Seniors and Military discounts


Free Under

4 years


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Reptile Gardens FAQ’s

There is a Green Parrot Cafe where you can grab something quick to eat

There are a number of shop options! The Jungle Outpost has some very cool and unusual artifacts from around the world, and the Gift Shop has everything you need for those souvenirs, from toys to apparel, gifts and produce!

They offer special tickets for groups! Just give them a call and get that very special reptile-tastic field trip booked in advance.

Just give them a call to check the accessibility of the gardens and exhibits!

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