USA Today poll names Reptile Gardens 'Best Attraction in South Dakota'

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KSFY) - A botanical garden and zoological park near Rapid City has received national recognition.

Reptile Gardens won the award for “Best Attraction in South Dakota” in the 2017 USA Today Readers Choice poll.

“There are many excellent attractions in South Dakota, and it is a great honor for Reptile Gardens to be chosen number one in the USA Today poll,” Reptile Gardens Public Relations Director John Brockelsby said in a press release.

A panel of experts partnered with USA Today editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote on the USA Today website.

The top 10 attractions in South Dakota selected by voters are as follows:

1. Reptile Gardens - Rapid City
2. Laura Ingalls Wilder Sites - De Smet
3. National Music Museum - Vermillion
4. The World's Only Corn Palace - Mitchell
5. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site - Philip
6. Custer State Park - Custer
7. Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center - Chamberlain
8. Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Keystone
9. Mammoth Site - Hot Springs
10. Deadwood

Reptile Gardens, which is located four miles south of Rapid City, was founded in 1937 by Earl Brockelsby, and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

It remains a family-owned business with several family members involved in its day-to-day operation.

For more information on the poll, view it here.