Oswald's Bear Ranch, Newberry

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#4 of 18 in Wildlife in Upper Peninsula
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  • This was one of my favorite things to do up here. Especially geared to families, as they charge $20 by the vehicle as admission. Well maintained trails to walk, with bears up close and farther away. F...  more »
  • If you're an animal lover and are in the UP, you have to visit Oswald's Bear Ranch! There are about 4 large enclosures of bears, which you can walk fully around, or just hang out at the front of each ...  more »
  • This, without a doubt, is a great place to visit! We were planning on visiting, but certainly did not expect to spend the 2-3 hours here that we ended up doing! If you take the opportunity to walk aro...  more »
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  • I loved Oswald Bear ranch when I visited the Upper Peninsula. A bit of a drive but it's worth it! The bears are treated well from what I could see and it's entertaining to watch them in action. Favorite part was getting our pic taken with a bear cub. !!! A must do if you are in the U.P
  • Overall a good experience for the kids, but definitely not quite like I remember it. The bears all seemed too far out of reach, and most of them couldn't care less that we were around. It was a particularly muddy day, and I feel that the walking past could be better maintained. The public restrooms at the entrance were horribly stinky. The gift shop was so cliche that I won't even try to get into it. I won't say that it isn't worth a visit, but it's definitely not a place that I would go back to you with my kids.
  • Nice place that's different to take the family. You can feed the bears apples that you buy for $3 in a baggie from the concession stand. I wish they removed the stickers on the apples, I think that's rotten they leave the stickers on. We pulled them off, but I saw many people not even looking at their apples and just tossing them over the fence. The gift shop could use some updating. But Pretty cute memories made here, especially feeding the baby bears.
  • I remembered going here as a kid so, took my girlfriend and her kid here and he loved seeing the bears. He really enjoyed getting his picture with the bear cub.
  • Don’t be fooled by the name!! I left this place in tears. They are using the Cubs to make money for photo ops! The poor little cubs looked so frightened and stressed in those cement cages with all the lights flashing and people picking them up. On top of all that they had a wood carving demonstration going on in area right next to their cages. The chainsaws were so loud. I couldn’t imagine how scary it must have been for those Cubs.
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