While we were visiting the Black Hills region of South Dakota, we stumbled across a place called Reptile Gardens that Andy insisted we visit. After all, I had planned most of our activities on the trip, so it was only fair we do something he wanted to. Apparently, Reptile Gardens has been around since 1937– the same year my Papaw was born! It’s also the Guinness World Record holder for largest reptile zoo!
Andy, clearly, enjoyed every second of this excursion.
We got to touch a baby alligator and hold a baby snake. Again, Andy is 100% enjoying this. Me… not so much!
It was easy to see why this place has been around for decades– they have something for everyone, even people like me who are afraid of critters! We got to see a prairie dog town, which was really neat and on my “bucket list”! The prairie dogs were adorable and barked like a typical dog. It made me miss my puppers!
We also saw some ancient tortoises! 100 year olds, to be exact! There were some other turtles there as well, but I didn’t take any pictures of those because they were, um…. making baby turtles. (And all the parents were able to teach their children about how babies are made. Thanks, nature!)
We even saw a bald eagle, which we came back the next day with Andy wearing an Army shirt so he could take a photo next to it, for any future Recruiting needs 😉 #Merica
Reptile Gardens also offers a military discount and a free vacation pass, so if you’re a military family visiting the area multiple days, you can return for free!
Have you ever been to Reptile Gardens or a similar reptile zoo?
What’s your favorite reptile?