Scales and Tales

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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