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“fun,,and a bit scary”

Black Forest Bear Park and Reptile Exhibit
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Owner description: Come meet our pretty lady grizzly, OB. She'll pose for you, as long as you keep tossing apples and strawberries to her!
Reviewed October 22, 2012

take your kids,,mom,,dad...this place is so cool..you are so close to these amazing animals you can feel their breath! Just want to reach out and get a hug!! not

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

my sons loved this it wasnt only fun for them but i enjoyed it as well it had several diffrent things to catch our attention and the best part of all they are not robbing you like some of the helen attractions this is a must see family visit if in helen 100 %

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

A fun place to visit... It's worth the $5 entrance fee. Feeding the bears costs an extra $1, and it's worth it. The bears do little tricks for the food.
The reptile exhibit costs another dollar for those interested. The place is fairly clean, though a little smelly.

2  Thank J D
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Went here three days in a row it is 5.00 per person to see the bears and 1.00 per food tray "Bring alot of dollars" LOL there are atleast 15 bears and all of them will do different tricks to get your food very cute When I arrived I only bought 5 food trays well needless to say I had to buy alot more beacause feeding them and getting them to do there tricks is very addicting think this is the most enjoyable experience of my whole trip.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We have visited the Bear Park several times, and have always found it to be clean and the bears well fed and seemingly well-adjusted. You have to understand that these bears were not trapped and caged for anyone's entertainment. They were either injured and for some reason would not do well if released back into the wild, or were rescued from one of those miserable roadside "zoos" where they were being kept in deplorable conditions. While it can be heartbreaking to see such magnificent animals being deprived of their freedom in their natural habitats, it is sometimes necessary to provide other arrangements for their own safety. The caretakers at the Bear Park know what they're doing, and they do their best for these animals. Some of the bears, as someone else stated in a review, will indeed "put on a show" for apple slices, standing on their hind legs, waving their huge paws, and giving such endearing looks you can't help but get more food trays and toss more treats to them. As for the reptile exhibit, it was somewhat interesting and informative. Perhaps I was not as impressed as others may be because my daughter has studied herpetology for many years and we are long-time friends with "Okefenokee Joe". The Bear Park and Reptile Exhibit is an inexpensive way to spend an hour or more while you're in Helen. They have a very large gift shop with a wide variety of items as well. Only one drawback---the bear viewing area itself is not handicap accessible.

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