Bear Country USA, Rapid City

4.4
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 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 »
  • We took our grandson to this attraction. It was one of the best attractions we have been to, especially with kids. The assortment of animals is great. Would definitely go back again.  more »
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  • 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!🐾
  • Plenty of bears to see!!! They did not disappoint! Most animals were out to see and pretty close to the vehicles. The walking area was nice. Clean restrooms. Nice selection in gift shop. Decent price, but you can only do the loop once (you can drive as slow as you want/take as much time as you want, though).
  • Bears. Up close and personal. This was a fun family activity. We had a car with four adults and three kids under 7 and paid around $60 or $65 which seemed a little pricey but the bear section was pretty cool. When you enter the park, you drive through a few sections of other animals such as elk and wolves. Once you enter the bear section, though, it gets intense. We had a huge bear walking back and forth right next to our car and this area kept going on and on, it was a huge area. After you finish the drive-thru, you can park and walk through what seems like a fairly new area to view baby bears, badgers and more. You end at a large gift shop that has everything from decor to sweatshirts, t-shirts and stuffed animals.
  • Great drive though with lots of animals to view. We got there early and they were feeding which created more activity from the animals. Loved seeing so many bears up close. If you plan to take pics wash your windows before going cause you won't be rolling them down. Don't be afraid to just pull to the side of the road and watch when you find a fun animal. The area to walk though to see small animals was well put together. Loved the music playing as we walked around.

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