We are closed for the season. Thank you all for your support and love this year. See you on March 4th, 2023!


Scales and Tales

Reptile Gardens is Open in 2014

With the arrival of spring, Reptile Gardens is once again preparing to open their doors for the new season. Opening day will be Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9AM. It will be their 77th year welcoming visitors from all over the world. New at Reptile Gardens for 2014 is their latest claim to fame. Reptile Gardens has been officially designated the World's Largest Reptile Collection by the Guinness Book of World Records. In addition to the amazing reptile and amphibian collection, their botanical gardens continue to get more beautiful each year.

The staff at Reptile Gardens spent the winter getting the park ready for the 2014 season. The Garden Department made many changes in the beautiful tropical Safari Room, the nation's original indoor jungle. The Reptile Department renovated and redecorated the exhibits and all the snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, amphibians, and bugs are back home and ready to greet visitors. After a successful visit to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, along with visiting countless vendors, the Gift Shop and the Jungle Outpost Gallery are filled with fun new T-shirts, a wall of stunning jewelry, lots of great rocks, fossils, and mineral, and many other items — souvenirs, collectibles, keepsakes, and art works.

The busy season in the Black Hills is from Memorial Day to Labor Day, however Reptile Gardens is open through November.

Visit early in the season, before the crowds, and take advantage of a reduced admission which includes a pass to visit anytime you like as many times as you like throughout the season. Make a plan to visit this one of a kind attraction this year and get ready to make memories!



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