World Record Reptile Gardens
Anyone taking a trip to Rapid City, South Dakota is bound to see plenty of signs along the roadways advertising the many tourist attractions the west side of the state has to offer. Signs that advertise many favorites such as the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, free ice-water and 5 cent coffee in Wall Drug and Mount Rushmore in Keystone dot the sides of many roadways. But one sign that is seen numerous times as you drive closer to Rapid City will have to be upgraded to include the words “Guinness Book Of World Record” holder.
Rapid City’s Reptile Gardens was added to the Guinness Book Of World Records for having more reptiles than any other reptile zoo in the world. The lizards, snakes and crocodiles (yes…even Maniac–the 15 feet 8 inches long, giant saltwater crocodile) are attracting attention and tourists from all over the world.
The locally-owned family business in the Black Hills is proud to be noticed for all of the different species of creatures. Even though they are competing with other reptile zoos in much bigger cities all over the world, this 77-year old tourist attraction still continues to expand, adding something new every year.