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“Awesome Animals!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bear Country USA

Bear Country USA
13820 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57702
+1 605-343-2290
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Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife park nestled on 250 acres of Black Hills Beauty. From the comfort of your vehicle view black bears, wolves, elk, buffalo and other wildlife! After your drive-through tour, walk around wildlife loop where young and smaller animals frolic in the outdoors. Don't miss the Baby Bears! Dine at the Cub Grub Snack Shack or shop in the Bear's Den Gift Shop. Open May through November, weather permitting.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Awesome Animals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

My husband and I drove through this amazing animal park while visiting his family and we loved it! You get to see all the animals in the park up close and personal. It was November when we went so some animals weren't out anymore (the more warm weather ones) but I certainly don't feel like we missed out. My favorite was the 'baby' section and the Arctic Foxes there. They were all so adorable! The park is easy to navigate and paved all the way through. It's funny to watch the bears try to figure a way across the cattle grids (they didn't cross them!) and the wolves were beautiful....all the animals were. There is a gift shop with nice bathrooms, but there didn't seem to be a whole lot in there, probably because of the season. I would definitely go there again!

Visited November 2012
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Bear_Country_1972, Owner at Bear Country USA, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you for visiting us. We appreciate your review and are glad you had a good time. In November the animals are putting on their winter coats, sometimes we jokingly refer to it as a fashion show.
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“Such an experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The whole set up was brilliant. The bears are there by the dozens as are an abundance of other animals. We took our time driving around and taking pictures and stopping where necessary and I'm so happy we did it. The gift shop has a plethora of gifts and so forth to keep the happy tourist satisfied. All round fun was had and the pictures I have are great. DO IT!

Visited August 2012
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Bear_Country_1972, Owner at Bear Country USA, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“A Blast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We LOVED Bear Country! You get charged by the vehicle and it was kind of expensive for how much time we spent ($60 for 2-3 hrs), but we were happy with it. You drive around a paved road and see lots of wildlife. The bears are the big attraction and they did not disappoint. There were at least a hundred bears of different kinds and colors and they would walk right next to the car as we drove by. They kids absolutely loved this part. There are plenty of pull offs to stop and watch or take pictures. There is also a vistors center that has other wildlife displays including the baby bears. This area is huge and there were so many baby bears here. They were so cute and playful to watch! The gift shop is here also and is well stocked with an area to buy food. Definitely recommend this place!

Visited June 2012
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Bear_Country_1972, Owner at Bear Country USA, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you for you kind review. Kids do really enjoy that bear area and seeing the animals right next to your car.
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“put it on the to-do list...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This was a neat attraction. We were able to see so many animals as we drove thru the wildlife park and got some great pictures of the bears at the end, crossing the road, taking naps etc. Then we went to the next section/park and saw the baby bears and other animals. Loved the baby bears - they were climbing trees, walking across logs - busy, busy, busy! Cute!

Nice gift shop. Also a counter restaurant, in the shade, to grab a hot dog or natchos and a bevy.

Definitely worth checking out!

Visited July 2012
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Bear_Country_1972, Owner at Bear Country USA, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thank you for your Review. Those baby Bears are normally a highlight for visitors.
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North Dakota, United States
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“Great fun for the whole family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

At first we thought it was expensive, but once we were driving through the park it made it worth the cost! I just wish we were in a bigger vehicle so the kids could have had an even better view of the animals. Best part for me was the baby bears!

Visited April 2012
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Bear_Country_1972, Owner at Bear Country USA, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you! Yes, driving something as big as a RV might add to the experience. You saw the baby bears early in the season when they are very cute!
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