Gator Shows

Summer Only  (5/24/2019 - 9/2/2019)

 10:15 | 12:15 | 2:15 4:15 | 6:15
(Show times are subject to change

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Find out what happens next in an action packed entertaining show that separates fact from fiction and keeps you in your seat while you witness their amazing quickness and power. There's even a chance to pet Fluffy the baby alligator and ask questions after the show.

This exciting wild animal show that features several dozen Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans is one of most fascinating South Dakota attractions you’ll ever see. Under the careful watch of their expert keepers, these cold-blooded animals, and their warm-blooded keepers, will entertain and educate you as they show you what being a crocodilian is all about.

Watch as our professional keepers demonstrate the strength and agility of these cold-blooded animals.  You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of their “feeding time” frenzy.  After seeing this spectacular wild animal show, you and your family will definitely gain a new appreciation for our cold-blooded friends. 

Gator Fun Facts

  1. Alligators, Crocodiles, Caimans, and Gharial make up the family of reptiles called crocodilians.
  2. This family of large reptiles dates back 84 million years.
  3. The smallest species of crocodilian is the Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman; the largest is the Saltwater Crocodile.
  4. Crocodilians replace their teeth throughout life - a single crocodile can go through at least 3,000 teeth in its lifetime!
  5. Even when partially submerged with a mouth full of water, Crocodilians are still able to breathe due to internal nostrils in the back of their throat.
  6. Their skin is covered with non-overlapping scales composed of the protein keratin (the same protein as hooves, horns, feathers, hair, claws, and nails).

Conservation Status

Image of a large crocodile coming out of a pond and laying on rocks.

Many members of the crocodilian species are endangered or threatened.  Because of habitat destruction, pollution, and hunting, many members of the crocodilian family have seen a decline in population.   Conservation efforts are being made to save several of the most endangered species.

Are you ready for a wild animal show unlike anything you’ve ever seen?  Then come see our Gator Show and get ready to learn what the crocodile life is all about.


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Sky Dome

Step inside the Sky Dome to experience a warm tropical climate while exploring our indoor jungle filled with exotic and unique flora and fauna. 

Rattlesnake Gulch Funtier Town

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing, go on a 3D safari, or test your aim at the shooting gallery! Our very own old west ghost town has numerous photo opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cheyenne's Habitat

Cheyenne the bald eagle has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years with permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac's habitat

Maniac is our resident giant saltwater crocodile. At over 16 feet long and1,350pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere. If you don't see him at his enclosure inside the SkyDome, make sure to check outside!

Prairie Dog Town

Get down to eye-level with these fuzzy little animals and see firsthand what life is like in a typical prairie dog town!

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant Galapagos Tortoise weighing in at over 600 pounds, and a long time resident of Reptile Gardens. His memory lives on at this playground featuring a bronze statue of Methuselah himself. 

Snake Show stage

Get up-close-and-personal with our snake ambassadors in this family-friendly snake handling show.

Gator Show stage

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Separate fact from fiction in this educational, family-friendly show and get a chance to pet Fluffy, our baby gator!

Bird Show stage

Interact with birds from around the world at the Bird Show, where they love to show off their beauty and intelligence. 

Gift Shop

Carrying a wide variety of Reptile Gardens souvenirs as well as educational books for every age and a variety of stunning rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

Green Parrot Cafe

Hungry? Refuel with buffalo burgers, The Maniac burger, Black Mamba Shakes, Indian Tacos, and more!

Giant Tortoise

Don't miss this photo opportunity! Get up-close and personal with these friendly giants who love to have their neck scratched and are great with kids. 

Tortuga Falls

Take a stroll through this meditative garden, gaze into our turtle and koi pond, listen to the waterfalls, and don't miss Darwin the Kookaburra! 

Walking Garden

We're about more than just Reptiles! Our outdoor gardens are beauty to be seen as they change throughout the season and year after year. 

Living Wall

This vertical garden is a wall of color that grows and changes through the Summer season creating striking patterns and unique portraits as it grows. 

Pet A Python

At the end of every snake show, you will get the opportunity to pet a python and chat with our knowledgeable show presenters. Don't forget your camera!