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Snake Show

Get up-close-and-personal at this family-oriented, interactive experience with Reptile Gardens' snake ambassadors. See the Black Tailed Cribo, Mangrove Snake, Cottonmouth, Asian Cobra, and Prairie Rattlesnake... just to name a few. This exciting and educational reptile show includes both Venomous and Non-venomous snakes.

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Gator Show

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles and Caiman and one keeper...what could go wrong? Find out what happens next in an action packed entertaining show that separates fact from fiction and keeps you in your seat while you witness their amazing speed and power. There's even a chance to pet Fluffy the baby alligator and ask questions after the show.

Gator Show Info

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Bird Show

Trade scales for feathers and enjoy an incredible view of our avian ambassadors! Our trainers will showcase the remarkable adaptations of a variety of birds from across the globe. Hear a parrot laugh, watch birds in flight, or discover how far owls can really turn their heads around. You might even get a chance to volunteer as a bird's landing platform!

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Botanical Gardens

Stroll through our veritable garden oasis of colorful blooms, lush vegetation, and well-manicured lawns. Every spring, we plant over 40,000 flowering plants that provide an exotic backdrop for the vibrant colors and patterns in countless stunning flowerbeds, rock gardens, flowering vines, and fruit trees. Take in the beauty of our Living Wall, or spend some time relaxing in the tranquil Tortuga Falls.

See Tortuga Falls

Explore the Jungle!

Sky Dome

Get ready for a safari in our famous two-level Sky Dome! The Safari Room is a tropical oasis filled with hundreds of beautiful orchids, bromeliads, and caladiums, other tropical plants. Encounter sculptures from Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia as free-roaming lizards and frogs welcome you and the family. The mezzanine level houses the largest collection of reptiles in the world! Venture down below to the lower level where Maniac and his crocodilian friends, along with the amphibians and our BIG BUGS! dwell.

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Get Down and Dirty!

Prairie Dog Town

Did you know that Prairie Dogs are highly social, just like humans? Their towns can cover hundreds of acres and include a number of family groups called coteries. Get down to prairie dog level in our underground bubble and watch these little furry creatures frolic and play in our Prairie Dog Town!

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Take It Slow!

Giant Tortoises

Our famous Aldabra Tortoises, Quazi, Tank, and Orville know the secret to a good life. These gentle giants always take it slow and they don't stress going from one place to another. Get up close, get personal, and give them some love. Be sure to take lots of pictures (the camera loves them)!

See the Giant Tortoises

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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!

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Maniac the Giant Crocodile

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Beautiful Botanical Gardens

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Dutchman's Pipe

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Torch Ginger

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Passion Flower

Reptile Gardens is a unique animal park set in beautiful botanical gardens. Acres of lush flowers and foliage create a wonderful setting for you to enjoy the shows and experience the exhibits and attractions. From Tortuga Falls to our Living Wall, the botanical gardens across the grounds at Reptile Gardens are a truly beautiful sight you won’t find at other South Dakota attractions.

Reptile Gardens is a South Dakota attraction the whole family can enjoy. Experience the thrills, explore the grounds, and learn about reptiles, one of nature’s beautiful but, often misunderstood creatures.

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Sky Dome

Step inside the Sky Dome to experience a warm tropical climate while exploring our indoor jungle filled with exotic and unique flora and fauna. 

Rattlesnake Gulch

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing or go on a 3D safari. Our very own old west ghost town as numerous photo opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cheyenne's Habitat

Cheyenne the bald eagle has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years with permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac's habitat

Maniac is our resident giant saltwater crocodile. At over 16 feet long and1,350pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere. If you don't see him at his enclosure inside the SkyDome, make sure to check outside!

Prairie Dog Town

Get down to eye-level with these fuzzy little animals and see firsthand what life is like in a typical prairie dog town!

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant Galapagos Tortoise weighing in at over 600 pounds, and a long time resident of Reptile Gardens. His memory lives on at this playground featuring a bronze statue of Methuselah himself. 

Snake Show stage

Get up-close-and-personal with our snake ambassadors in this family-friendly snake handling show.

Gator Show stage

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Separate fact from fiction in this educational, family-friendly show and get a chance to pet Fluffy, our baby gator!

Bird Show stage

Interact with birds from around the world at the Bird Show, where they love to show off their beauty and intelligence. 

Gift Shop

Carrying a wide variety of Reptile Gardens souvenirs as well as educational books for every age and a variety of stunning rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

Green Parrot Cafe

Hungry? Refuel with buffalo burgers, The Maniac burger, Black Mamba Shakes, Indian Tacos, and more!

Giant Tortoise

Don't miss this photo opportunity! Get up-close and personal with these friendly giants who love to have their neck scratched and are great with kids. 

Tortuga Falls

Take a stroll through this meditative garden, gaze into our turtle and koi pond, listen to the waterfalls, and don't miss Darwin the Kookaburra! 

Walking Garden

We're about more than just Reptiles! Our outdoor gardens are beauty to be seen as they change throughout the season and year after year. 

Living Wall

This vertical garden is a wall of color that grows and changes through the Summer season creating striking patterns and unique portraits as it grows. 

Pet A Python

Don't miss your chance to Pet a Python!  Our snake handlers ar here to talk about any questions or myths you've heard about snakes. Don't forget your camera! Our pythons are very photogenic and love to photos with you!