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Bear Country USA, Rapid City

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
Set on over 101 hectares (250 acres) in the Black Hills, Bear Country USA hosts a large collection of North American mammals, particularly black bears. The park's animals generally move unhindered through outdoor exhibits. You'll see that the site is not a zoo, but rather a 4.8 km (3 mi) open air "safari" experience you can tour by car. Don't miss the park's special Babyland exhibit, where young animals and smaller species, such as the resident population of bear cubs, can often be seen playing. Use our Rapid City family vacation planner to add Bear Country USA and other attractions to your Rapid City vacation plans.
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  • My husband and I came up here for our anniversary trip. It is beautiful. There are so many animals that each time you turn your head you see another one. We are fascinated by all the bears and wolves ...  read more »
  • Visited with grandparents and young children. Very cool place with many, many animals. We were surprised at how many bears they actually have. You are able to drive right through the animals - at one ...  read more »
  • We visited Bear Country with our 11-year-old and a nine-year-old. They both loved it! The drive around the park is fun and you can stay as long as you want to watch the animals interact. The baby anim...  read more »
  • Highly recommend! It was nice to drive around loop and see animals up close. My 3yr old sat on my lap and loved it almost as much as my husband. Then walked the small zoo like part and was nice to stretch our legs. Good price and military discount. Bring lunch and sit outside at tables after enjoying bear country.
  • The experience was very enjoyable. I was expecting a slightly run down animal Park but the grounds are kept up very well, the animals were easy to see and enjoy, and the displays were well organized. If you want to see bears, they have you covered. At least 40 were there the day we went. The gift shop had some very interesting things.
  • We were very excited for this experience and no more than 20 minutes into it our car overheated. We pulled over to let people pass and let the car cool down. After waiting about thirty minutes we tried to start the car again. It wasn't happening. Eventually, the grounds crew came to assist us. They were very nice and acted quickly. We eventually got the car started and drove to the lot. We missed a lot of the park. Will, one of the people who works there, told us we could borrow one of the park's vehicles and they would take us back to our spot in line. They continued to check on us after the situation and even offered coolant. The park was fantastic as well. We are thankful they helped us go back through. We had bears walk right up to the van. Thank you Will and Bear Country USA!
  • Awesome! Amazing! WORTH THE PRICE! The large amount of babies on site,!! Saw everything they listed on their guide. The animals have free roam in their areas and were all docile. Not an obnoxious amount of traffic, vehicular or foot. Very comfortable with my six year old, as far as safety. Staff was courteous and polite.
  • We loved this place. The drive through it was awesome. Seeing all these animals up close was really neat!! The best part was the babies in the walk through section. We went in the morning g when it wasn't too hot yet. The cubs were very active and running all over wrestling and playing!
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