Reptile Gardens. Man I remember that place. I went when I was a kid so probably late 80’s and again in the 90’s. I know I totally just aged myself. But I remember it was a fun time. I remember riding on a giant tortoise, the pretty flowers, the reptiles. So when we found out we were going to South Dakota I just knew I had to take my kids.
Oh and how it did not disappoint. I loved seeing all the different flowers and birds in the botanical garden area.
My daughter loved seeing all the tropical birds and the beautiful flowers! I loved the vibrant colors of them. There was just one thing though- this guy:
He was literally just hanging out. No glass, no cage nothing. I just looked up and saw him. Obviously he is a harmless ones but snakes are just…. yuck! I walked quickly under him lol.
We also were able to learn about some Alligators and Crocodiles. That was really interesting to watch. Little Man thought it would be fun to try to sit on one like the guy did. One of my favorite parts was when he brought out “Fluffy” and the kids got to pet it!
They also had a program that talked about Birds. This was Little Miss’ favorite part. She is my bird girl and has always loved them. She was so excited she was asked to come up and help with a demonstration. She was loving it!
Over all we had fun at Reptile Gardens! It was a great place to learn and just enjoy some fun time. There really was something for everyone. My kids were kind of bummed they could not pet the Giant Tortoises but they quickly got over that. They were able to touch a snake and “Fluffy” of course.
If you are heading to South Dakota I highly recommend stopping by and spending time there. It is just south of Rapid City!
Check out their website to learn more about it!
~ I received complimentary passes in order for our family to visit Reptile Gardens. Regardless the above thoughts are my own and honest opinions! ~