“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.
This was a highlight of our trip. An excellent and well cared for collection of reptiles. The reptile show WAS THE BEST EVER. They brought out the various classes of snakes- mild to aggressive. We have been to many of these reptile gardens across the US (the Albuquerque RattleSnake Museum is pretty great too)
We will visit again, since we are road trippers and wander around everywhere.
-Mother of 2 boys
The reptile garden is a must-stop kind of place. There was nothing disappointing about this attraction. The kids loved the educational shows including the alligator/croc program where they were able to see how handlers work with the animals, as well as touch a baby alligator. All the staff was knowledgable and friendly. Really don't feel that it was overpriced at all. Also, if you go when you are on vacation they will give you a vacation pass good until you leave (meaning you pay once & are able to return repeatedly until you leave for free). This place is well worth the stop.
Worth every penny! This was one of our favorite stops. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, great educational shows. Huge variety of reptiles. I completely underestimated what we would see and how cool it would be! Glad we stopped!
Great place for people of all ages! 3 great interactive shows to watch and lots of "reptiles" to see! Worth the admission.
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