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 .
Bear Country USA Reviews
We have been here several times now, always in November. We have never been disappointed with a drive thru Bear Country. The animals are always up and moving, plenty of them to see and to get pictures... more »
I saw this attraction while looking at Mt Rushmore area activities. I had dismissed it as a kids activity until my husband and I were headed back to the airport in Rapid City and he spotted several la... more »
What an amazing place. Was here a summer ago with my family and we stopped in not really knowing what we were getting into. Would pay twice as much for this experience. You get to drive past local animals. Bears, Wolves, Elk, it was so cool. And then they also have a zoo that you can walk through. We saw baby bears and they were the cutest thing I have ever seen, they were very playful. Would definitely stop in again if we were in the area.
Love bears...dancing porcupine, sentry bear.. Got to see the videos to understand.. Better yet see it live... To great for words... Porcupine stands on hind legs and dances & you just play a song for the best effect and let it go wild!! It is hilarious...then going through the park You see all sorts of bears and from one paddock to the next a bear paces back and forth from one pole to the other letting only one car through at a time, touching each pole as it goes. It created a humorous guard appearance in each revolution. A Must see!🐾
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