• Reptile Gardens - Rapid City, South Dakota

      Reptile Gardens
      Photo by Dennis Goza
      What began as a small collection of reptiles gathered in 1935 by a teenage reptile enthusiast has now grown to be the largest reptile zoo in the world. It features crocodiles, snakes, giant tortoises, and even some non-reptile species, including birds. At scheduled times throughout the day, you can see shows with staff members interacting with and explaining about the animals, and you may even have a chance to pet some of them. The premises also feature botanical gardens and oceanic art and artifacts.

      If you go:
      Open daily at 9:00 March through November. Closes at 4:00 in the spring, 5:00 in the summer, and 4:00 in the fall, except for a 3:00 closing time during November.


      8955 South Highway 16
      Rapid City, South Dakota 57702 USA

      Mailing address:
      PO Box 620
      Rapid City, SD 57709 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Toll Free Information
      +1 (800) 335-0275