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Bear Country USA, Rapid City

(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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  • Lots of fairly inactive black bears rolling around. One of the most well known tourist traps on the way to Mount Rushmore. Fun maybe once for kids, but animals in captivity is not something really "fu...  more »
  • Get to see many different animals besides bears. Good for people of all ages IMO. Reasonably priced. Used to have a bad rap due to sale of bear gall bladders to some weird culture but with new people ...  more »
  • My family and I loved this place. My kids talked about going back the minute we left. It's a pretty neat experience to see these animals so close. We definitely plan on returning.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Everyone who goes through rapid city. Should not miss this. An excellent experience. Especially toddlers would live it.
  • Kids and adults loved the slow meandering drive seeing the variety of critters. Then afterwards is a cool walk thru area boasting bear cubs frolicking around playing with each other. Will stop again.
  • Amazing fun interaction with wildlife from all over. Wonderful to view in such a natural habitat. Yet saw most animals which was nice not to have many no shows. Kids loved baby bears and the gift shop
  • A very well kept and ran zoo. The price is reasonable as well. I got to watch my 3 year old son safely feed fruit to bear cubs. How cool is that? Though that being the highlight the rest of the place was well worth it.