Tortuga Falls

Tortuga Falls is a peaceful hideaway, seemingly removed from time. Listen to the calming melody of the waterfall as you lose yourself among the lush greens and tropical plants.  Take some time out of your visit to just close your eyes and relax in our meditative garden.

Tortuga Falls is one of the newest additions to the grounds at Reptile Gardens.  As you follow the sound of the cascading waterfall in this botanical garden, you’ll find your way to our turtle and Koi pond.   During the summer, you can visit Darwin, our well-loved Australian Kookaburra. He might even make that famous jungle call of his for you.



The Koi pond is surrounded by ornamental trees, blooming ground cover plants, and shade-loving perennials.  Tortuga Falls is a botanical garden experience you won’t forget as the tranquil environment provides the opportunity to simply be enjoyed for its beauty.  If, however, your curiosity starts to get the best of you, this botanical garden is a great place to observe and investigate plant life from various parts of the world up close.


Tortuga Falls is a botanical garden experience you won’t soon forget.  Visiting Tortuga Falls and the Koi pond is a great opportunity to take a break from your exciting day at Reptile Gardens and relax a bit.  Don’t forget to take some time to unwind after you see one of the largest collection of reptiles in the world.  Reptile Gardens 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.  Darwin can’t wait to see you!



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