South Dakota Attractions August 08, 2022
The Largest Reptile Zoo In The U.S. Is In South Dakota And It’s Magical
The Mount Rushmore State is home to some of the country’s largest and most iconic landmarks, but did you know that we also boast the largest reptile zoo in the U.S.? Whether or not you like creepy crawlies, we invite you to check out this magical place that you will only find in South Dakota:
Welcome to Reptile Gardens!
Located in Rapid City, Reptile Gardens is the Guinness Book of World Records winner for the world's largest reptile zoo, which you will experience from the moment you enter.
As the name (and accolade) suggests, Reptile Gardens is home to hundreds of venomous and non-venomous snakes, plus other reptiles, a la crocodiles and lizards.
Do you want an up-close look at a reptile? You can feed and interact with one of the Gardens' giant tortoises!
In addition to the reptiles themselves, Reptile Gardens also houses amphibians (think frogs and salamanders) and an assortment of anthropods (bugs) like spiders, scorpions, and cockroaches.
Are bugs not your thing? No problem, as you can see beautiful birds at Reptile Gardens, including Cheyenne the Bald Eagle.
Don't forget to stop and say hi to the prairie dogs at Prairie Dog Town.
Whether you walk around the exhibits or stop to watch a show (or both), you will never forget your visit to the world's largest reptile zoo.
To learn more about Reptile Gardens - including the cost of admission and a complete list of hours - please visit their
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Nominate it here! For even more to see and do around Rapid City, check out It’s Official: South Dakota’s Very Own Rapid City Is One Of The Country’s Coolest Small Towns To Visit This Year. Address: Reptile Gardens, 8955 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA