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The Rattlesnake Gulch Fun-tier Town is full of fun, family activities for all ages.  Get your camera ready.  With all of the kids attractions in Rattlesnake Gulch, it’s the perfect place to capture and share your experience at Reptile Gardens.  Rattlesnake Gulch is the perfect place to hang out while you’re waiting for the next Snake Show, Gator Show, or Exotic Bird Show to begin.

While taking a stroll through our very own old west ghost town, Rattlesnake Gulch, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities at Little Mount Rushmore, and places along our ol’ west-themed boardwalk.  The fun, family activities don’t stop there.  Rattlesnake Gulch is full of kids attractions for all ages. 

Learn how to go gemstone and arrowhead sluicing.  With a little luck, and a lot of patience, you’ll become a gemstone and arrowhead sluicing expert.

Experience our black light, 3D Safari!  Can you survive the notorious dizzying black hole?

Don't miss a chance to Pet-a-Python in the living wall building beside the Sky Dome. Our snake handlers will answer any questions you have or dispel any myths you may have heard about snakes and pythons. Snap a photo of your Reptile Gardens adventure while you Pet-a-Python; our snakes are very photogenic and love to take photos with Guests.

These fun kids attractions offer parents a chance to relax while kids stay entertained and spend some of their endless energy!

Reptile Gardens is full of fun, family activities for the young and the young at heart.

Experience Reptile Gardens today!

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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 some of the most exotic 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!