While our facility is still closed to the public, our staff is hard at work coming up with a plan to re-open that best fits the needs of our Guests and staff. We are taking everything day by day, but are tentatively planning to open on June 15th.


Hours - 2020

Summer & Fall Season:
June 15 - October 31,
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
       *Last admission at 4:00pm, park closes by 5:30pm

Winter Season:
Nov 1 – Nov 30,
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
      *Last admission at 3:00pm, park closes by 5:00pm

Closed December through February

Rates 2020

Rates have been reduced for the 2020 season since we are unable to offer our Gator, Snake, and Bird Shows.

Summer & Fall Season (June 15 - October 31)

Adults (16+) $15.00
Seniors (62+) $13.00
Youth (11-15) $12.00
Children (4-10) $10.00
Children 3 & Under FREE
Military Discount Rate
Applies to Serviceperson and Spouse
$12.00 each

Winter Season 2020 ( Nov 1 - Nov 30 )

Adults & Seniors (16+) $12.00
Youth (11-15)
Children (4-10) $7.00
Children 3 & Under FREE
Military Discount Rate
Applies to Serviceperson and Spouse
$8.00 each

Vacation Pass

If you are just visiting the Hills, ask for our Vacation Pass, which will let you in any time during your stay in the area! The Vacation Pass is FREE with your Reptile Gardens admission purchase.

Birthday Parties

We have a birthday party room near the tortoise yard that can fit up to 20 reptile-obsessed kids. Regular admission rates apply for birthday Guests (if anyone already has a season pass for the year, we will of course honor it). Rental of the room is $50. This fee covers: admission and a  Go Wrestle A Gator T-shirt for the birthday child, use of the room, and a visit from a staff member who will bring along special animal guests that the kids can interact with!

You can decorate and bring food/cake into the room if you wish. Please feel free to explore the park and enjoy the shows as well.

We offer birthday parties 7 days a week when we are open, one in the morning (9-12) and one in the afternoon (1-3). To reserve the birthday party room, please contact us.

Group Rates

Are you and your extended family or group function looking for a great way to spend some time together in the Black Hills?  Reptile Gardens has special tickets and pricing for large groups!  So, bring your family reunions, Boy or Girl Scout troops, or any other group gathering for that matter. Contact us for Reptile Gardens tickets and pricing for Group Rates.

Schools may download the Spring Field Trip Form in advance of their visit.


We are located just 6 miles south of Rapid City on US 16. Just look for the giant glass dome at the bottom of the hill. You can’t miss us!

Reptile Gardens
8955 S Highway 16
Rapid City, SD 57702


Things To Do

Main Exhibits


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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Native to South Dakota


Botanical Gardens


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