We are open for the summer! We are delighted to once again welcome Guests to enjoy our animals and botanicals! We are open from 9am to 5pm, with last ticket sales at 4pm. See you soon!

Scales and Tales

Fill your stockings with mambas!

There’s nothing like waking up during the holidays to a fresh carpet of snow, fixing yourself a steaming mug of hot chocolate, and finding your stocking has been filled with snakes and alligators.

A coiled mamba viewed from the side

Obviously, putting live snakes in a stocking would be problematic. The alligators even more so. However, we’re offering a special treat this year to bend the laws of physics and put the world’s largest collection of reptiles in your loved ones’ sock, envelope, or whatever wrapping you deem fit for a fabulous gift.


From today until December 18, 2019, we will be happy to take your phone order for gift admissions to Reptile Gardens for the 2020 season. We will mail you or your loved ones a colorful certificate that they can redeem when we open on March 7, 2020, or at any time during our 2020 season. They will be sold at our discounted spring rates, which are:


Adults $14

Seniors (62+) $13

Youth (11-15) $12

Children (4-10) $10

3 and under are free!


These stocking stuffer admissions are currently available through phone orders only. Our animal exhibits remain closed as we prepare for next season.


Call us at (605) 342-5873, or 1-800-335-0275

 Tank the Aldabra tortoise wears a festive knit hat

Whatever holidays you shellebrate, we hope you have a turtle-y awesome season!



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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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