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Reptile Gardens

South Dakota USA

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“See. Slither. Learn. Laugh.”

Founded in 1937 by our reptile loving patriarch, Earl Brockelsby, Reptile Gardens has steadily grown to one of the leading tourist attractions in the Midwest - we house more species of reptiles than any other zoo or park in the world. Our second and third generations are dedicated to carrying on Earl's legacy, not only by having top-notch displays, but while also offering outstanding hospitality. This latter quality was honored by the State of South Dakota in 1994 when we became the second recipient of the George Mickelson Award for Great Service to South Dakota visitors. Today, we continue on as a family business with Earl's nephew, Joe Maierhauser, as the President, Chairman of the Board, & CEO, Earl’s sons, John as director of public relations, and Jeff as corporate treasurer, his daughter, Judee Oldham, is the corporate secretary and her son, Jeff Oldham, is sales manager.

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June 02, 2022

We didn’t go inside. Would have cost $140 for our fam. Just an FYI.

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May 07, 2022
Rated 5.0

Wonderful place to stop even if you don't love reptiles. Great setup, easy to navigate with kids. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Well worth the admission.

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April 24, 2022
Rated 5.0

What began in 1937 as a small operation for a snake enthusiast has bloomed into the largest reptile zoo in the world! According to the Reptile Gardens’ website, they house more reptile species than any other animal park or zoo anywhere.

Guests can wander into this reptile extravaganza for a good portion of the year, though Reptile Gardens is closed for the winter months.

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Rapid City, SD!

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July 06, 2021
Rated 5.0

Nice stop with the kids!

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Reptile Gardens

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