Bear Country USA, Rapid City

4.3
#1 of 10 in Wildlife in South Dakota
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. Put Bear Country USA on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rapid City online driving holiday planner .
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  • We love the tour, were able to see bears interact with each other, played and even watch a bears fight. Although they seem a little bit stress and hungry, I think they need a little bit more maintenan...  more »
  • Awesome tour, close encounters with not only bears but many other varieties of wildlife. Wish we had more time to spend just watching the wildlife.  more »
  • A great place to visit with kids. All kinds of animals roaming around. Just stay in your car and visit with them all.  more »
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  • It was a bit on the pricey side. But, my family and I really enjoyed it. The drive through was nice. Most of the animals happened to be sleeping when we went but as soon as we hit the part with the bears it was very exciting! Nothing like holding up traffic because a bear decided he wanted to sit and take a break right in front of your vehicle. After the drive through we stopped to walk around their other exhibit and it was well worth it. The kids and I could have stayed all day just watching the bear cubs play! Very entertaining and memories we will never forget!
  • I liked it. The entrance was right off the highway. It was busy when we arrived so it took about 1 1/2 hours to drive through. However, the time passes fast because of the scenery. If you are in a rush, go during off peak hours. The baby cubs were adorable. I thought the price was high for one SUV though. Probably won't return
  • As far as I know, Bear Country USA is the only drive-through wildlife attraction in South Dakota. The kids will love the excitement when they realize the animals could come right up to their windows! So when you get the family loaded up and head to Mount Rushmore, make sure you make a stop at Bear Country USA. It's an affordable family fun stop in our beautiful Black Hills.
  • Great place but a tad on the pricey side. I think it'd be great if they priced it based on vehicle like the bear ranch in Michigan does, I believe The Bear Ranch is $10 per vehicle and then added charges for feeding the animals, pictures with baby cubs, etc.. With the current pricing, they should at least let the pass be good for a week so that if the animals aren't out that you wish to see, you can come back through to have another chance at seeing them. There are many great opportunities to see the bears. The other animals are quite difficult to see, especially on very hot days. My son wanted to see the artic wolves badly but they were hiding. The raccoons were a riot to watch, a lady was eating and them raccoons tried desperately to find a way to get to her but of course failed every time. The baby area of Bear Country should be called senior citizen wildlife rescue. Most of the critters in this section all seemed older and some with what seemed like old injuries. The gift shop is okay but not great. There are a lot of items but lacking in the typical tourist collector items. They carry them but sold out and said that they had no intention of reordering until next spring.
  • If you have young kids or old. They will all enjoy this. Love seeing animals in their natural habitat. Very clean as well.

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