Reptile Gardens isn't all about Reptiles. Reptile Gardens' staff has worked for many years to become a botanical garden. And, our botanical gardens are full of flowers and foliage, from many regions of the world, just waiting to be explored.
The manicured green lawns provide a lush backdrop for the vibrant colors and patterns in countless stunning flowerbeds, not to mention roses, rock gardens, flowering vines, and fruit trees. Every spring the flowerbeds are freshly designed with vivid color and life as different varieties of plants and flowers reach toward the warm sun.
Entering the Sky Dome is like a visit to the islands of the Pacific, with a beautiful and exotic walk-through indoor jungle. It is filled with rare tropical plants and many exotic orchids throughout the season. Meticulous care is given to grooming this indoor oasis in order to keep the tropical plants happy and healthy in non-tropical South Dakota. Bromeliads, caladiums, orchids, and other unusual and colorful plants fill the Safari Room.
Tortuga Falls, an outdoor cascading waterfall spills into a 30' koi and turtle pond surrounded by ornamental trees, blooming ground cover plants and shade loving perennials. The falls provide a tranquil environment simply to be enjoyed for their beauty or, if desired, a place to observe and investigate up close plant life from various parts of the world. Here you can also meet and "laugh" with Darwin, our well-loved Australian Kookaburra.
Gardeners and horticulturalists alike are sure to enjoy the acres of over 40,000 flowers and perennials intermixed with mature, finely pruned trees and shrubs.