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Bear Country USA

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Address: 13820 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57702
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+1 605-343-2290
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife...

Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife park nestled on 250 acres of Black Hills Beauty. From the comfort of your vehicle view black bears, wolves, elk, buffalo and other wildlife! After your drive-through tour, walk around wildlife loop where young and smaller animals frolic in the outdoors. Don't miss the Baby Bears! Dine at the Cub Grub Snack Shack or shop in the Bear's Den Gift Shop. Open May through November, weather permitting. -- Open for 2016 season on April 16th, check our website for more complete dates and hours.

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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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

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.

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West Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Bear country was absolutely fantastic. My children just love sitting back in the car taking a little break from all the walking we were doing and going for a little drive through the park. The animals were just beautiful. And of course the Bears where are favorite attraction. My youngest just couldn't get over the fact that a bear was... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I were in town for a wedding. Since we came all the way from Des Moines, IA, we decided to make the trip a little more interesting. We decided to stop in on our way home. Although the name led us to believe it was going to be a bear exhibit, after a little research we learned... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Found ourselves with nothing to do when Mt Rushmore was fogged in, so we ended up at Bear Country USA and didn't quite know what to expect. It was good fun driving around all the animals, but not much going on. Then you get to the bears. They are everywhere! Some sleeping. Some wandering around. Some scratching. Some eating. Some... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As an Australian we don't see Bears and i wanted to guarantee myself a bear sighting at least once whilst in America. Well i certainly was not disappointed. Arrive early as soon as the park opens at 7:30am especially in summer avoid the traffic that can build up in the park as well as the animals are much more active... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bear Country experience was very satisfying. Lots of animals in there natural environment, different from a zoo. Worth the cost to enjoy the experience.

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Pierre, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This one is all outside and has the SD large predators. Bear, mountain lions, bobcats, skunk, raccoons, porcupine, opposum, fox, coyote.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The grandkids thoroughly enjoyed the day driving through the park. It was on the 4th of July so the park was very busy & the drive through was slower than normal but it was tolerable because it was such a beautiful day. After living in Alaska for many years seeing wildlife up close & personal in its natural setting this... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went at 9 am, just as the animals were being fed. We followed the feeding truck, so each new section of animals would either run to the truck or to the feeding troughs, which gave us a wonderful sight of all of the animals. So many bears to see is various activities and positions. And then the best part... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hey if you want to go broke looking at a bunch of miserable caged animals be my guest, but you could see the same thing on a quick jaunt out to yellowstone and get better scenery.

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