Safari Room

Our famous Sky Dome is the most iconic building at Reptile Gardens, and might even be one of the most recognizable buildings in the Black Hills.  As you step into our Safari Room, you’ll enter a veritable oasis filled with beautiful orchids, bromeliads, caladiums, and other tropical plants from all around the globe from places like Central America, South America, Africa, and China. The variety of different tropical plants just goes to show that you never know what you’re going to find at Reptile Gardens!

Be amazed as you encounter sculptures from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia while our free-roaming lizard and frog friends give you and the family a proper Reptile Gardens welcome. 

The Safari Room helps us keep these tropical plants happy and healthy throughout the year since many of them don’t enjoy the non-tropical South Dakota weather.  We give meticulous care to grooming this indoor oasis throughout the year.  No matter the temperature outside, it’s always nice and cozy in the Safari Room!  Weather in South Dakota can change by the minute, so if you find yourselves caught in a rainstorm, or are just looking for something fun to do on a rainy day, come visit our friends in the Safari Room!


The Safari Room and its collection of tropical plants and free-roaming lizards is hard to miss!  Just look for the Sky Dome, the most popular attraction at Reptile Gardens and one of the most popular Black Hills attractions.  One of the largest collection of reptiles in the world is located just 6 miles south of Rapid City, SD at 8955 S. Highway 16.  Just look for the giant dome at the bottom of the hill on Highway 16.  You can’t miss us! 


Dog Policy

We love all animals, wild and domesticated. Unfortunately due to a high number of recent incidents with dogs, our insurance company has advised us that we can no longer allow dogs, or other personal pets, on the Reptile Gardens grounds. ADA approved service dogs are, of course, allowed although there are three areas where they are not allowed for their safety and the safety of our animals. We do offer a shaded grassy area adjacent to our parking lot for walking your dog. We only ask that your pet be leashed and attended to at all times. You are welcome to come and go from the park as often as you like to tend to your dog. For more information, visit our FAQ Page


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