Yes, we are open! We will remain open through the fall, closing for the season at the end of November. Park is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm, with last ticket sales at 4pm.  See you soon!

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.  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! 



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We are unable to offer shows for the 2020 season. Admission rates for 2020 have been reduced to reflect this change. We plan to offer our full schedule of shows for the 2021 season.



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