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Enjoy an Exotic Jungle Adventure on Mother's Day at Reptile Gardens

Mother's Day is nearly upon us once again, and many children and parents are considering what to do to honor this special lady in their lives. On May 12, Mother's Day, we will be giving all moms free admission with the donation of two cans of food for the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive.

Be sure to see the snake show which includes some of the most venomous snakes in the world. Mom and family alike will be amazed and entertained by these creatures as our professional snake keepers discuss the interesting facts surrounding each species.

Mom will love a stroll through our Safari Room where we have tropical flowers in bloom from around the globe. These colors offer the perfect backdrop to take some snapshots of the family on your visit. The sights and smells of the beautiful orchids, caladiums, and cacti are pleasing and relaxing — and a few creatures in the mix that are sure to catch the curious eyes of children.

Make a stop by Methuselah's Playground to let the kids climb on the life-like bronze of one of Reptile Gardens' most beloved creatures, Methuselah, a giant Aldabra Tortoise.

As you get ready to depart from your Mom's jungle adventure, feel free to browse our gift shop. We have a huge variety of items including clothing, jewelry, glassware, and plush animals. Pick up a gift for Mom and surprise her later with a photo from the day and the item she noticed in the gift shop but did not want to buy for herself!

Spend a fun day with the whole family and make Mom the center of attention at Reptile Gardens. Not only will everyone have a great Mother's Day, but it will also benefit the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive, which helps to supply food to less fortunate families in the Black Hills area.

And don't forget you will also receive your free season passes. Everyone is entitled to a season pass with their paid admission. And yes, Mom will get one too even though she was free so you can all come back the whole summer and visit us for free!

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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!