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Bear Country USA

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Great for young kids.

Observe black bears, elk, mountain lions, buffalo, reindeer. We went in the morning which we were... read more

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Sartell, Minnesota
A nice family stop

We enjoyed our drive through, our kids LOVED the bears. We went early in the morning and bears... read more

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
13820 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6581
+1 605-343-2290
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Reviewed yesterday

Observe black bears, elk, mountain lions, buffalo, reindeer. We went in the morning which we were told to go then as the animals are more active. Cost wasn't too bad as we all crammed into 1 vehicle and still had our own view to see...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our drive through, our kids LOVED the bears. We went early in the morning and bears were really active. Probably the best time to go!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bohlken
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I have been there twice. It was great both times. The price is reasonable and there is a wide variety of wildlife that can seen up close and personal. You drive through one section and then walk around an outdoor area to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nkitashima
Reviewed 6 days ago

I needed a three hour nap from all the SD driving so I left my 11 year-old and 14 year-old to plan our afternoon. This is what they came up with from the brochures we had collected. I'm not big into animals but it sounded...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lusciouslibrarian
Reviewed 6 days ago

An awesome experience to see bears, wolves, mountain lions and other wild animals. It is unforgettable and worth the price!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bernardo S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here several times now, always in November. We have never been disappointed with a drive thru Bear Country. The animals are always up and moving, plenty of them to see and to get pictures of, and its not crowded so we're can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kjamurray
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I saw this attraction while looking at Mt Rushmore area activities. I had dismissed it as a kids activity until my husband and I were headed back to the airport in Rapid City and he spotted several large elk visible from the highest. What a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our grandson to this attraction. It was one of the best attractions we have been to, especially with kids. The assortment of animals is great. Would definitely go back again.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alan N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here twice, once during the peak tourist season and once in September. Our July trip involved sitting in our car for an hour as the line of traffic snaked through the animal areas, occasionally catching a glimpse of an animal. September was a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 846LauraC846
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Bear Country USA in early October on a cold, rainy, foggy Sunday afternoon. We had been here in the late 90s when our kids were young and there were SO many bears. On this trip--not so many. Are there less bears after the summer...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kathy M
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November 4, 2018|
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Response from Jennifer K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is time and room to stop for pictures.
Candace B
October 2, 2018|
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Response from jamgeff | Reviewed this property |
I cannot answer that question, but if you call bear country, or find there website, there will be more information for you.
September 13, 2018|
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Response from CGait618 | Reviewed this property |
It took us 2 hours including the time we spent on the Wildlife Walkway. This is definitely a place to take your time, pictures and really enjoy. If you are in a rush, I wouldn’t recommend you visit. We were the 4th car to go... More
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Huntley, Illinois
Length of time at destinations (4 Replies)
I am trying to plan my trip to the Black Hills and I am not sure how long to plan for some activities. About how long is a trip to the Air and Space Museum? Bear Country? Reptile Gardens? Thanks so much!
May 28, 2016|
Response fromDave M|
Air and Space Museum will take about 1 to 2 hours, longer if you tour the base. Bear Country can take 3 hours and Reptile Gardens about the same. Depending on your interests these could stops could take more or less time, enjoy your trip neighbor!
Baldwinsville, NY
Boyd's Bear Country Shame on You! (6 Replies)
Boyd's Bear Country More Concerned With Stuffed Animals Than Real Ones I had a very disappointing visit to Boyd's Bear Country on Friday, June 8, 2007. We arrived at the facility at approximately 12:40 pm to shop and have lunch. June 8 was an oppressively hot day in Gettysburg and when we arrived in the parking lot we noticed a large dog locked in a vehicle with the windows opened about 6 inches on each side and the dog appeared to be in some distress from the heat. I asked the employee at...More
June 10, 2007|
Response frommrzip|
Lori: Thanks for posting an important reminder regarding animals in parked cars. It's unbelievable how many people do this. A similar situation occurred a couple of weeks ago at a Petco store. I saw the woman leave the car with a dog inside. I went to an employee at the desk and pointed the woman out. I did not want to confront anyone personally. Thankfully, the employee talked to the woman and she promptly got the dog. Just curious how did the situation resolve. Hopefully, the owners...More
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