Are you thinking of going to the Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg, Idaho? Or maybe this is the first time you have ever heard of it. Don’t worry we are going to learn all about it!
This is one attraction to add to your Yellowstone National Park itinerary.
Yellowstone Bear World is actually located in Rexburg, ID which is little over an hour and half from Yellowstone National Park west entrance.
Let’s explore all about Yellowstone Bear World so that you can plan your trip.
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What is Yellowstone Bear World?
Yellowstone Bear World is not Yellowstone National Park but is actually 80 miles away from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It is located five miles south of Rexburg, Idaho.
Yellowstone Bear World is a drive thru wildlife preserve. There are over 60 bears at this preserve. Bear World also offers a petting zoo with farm animals as well as elk and deer. There are also kiddie rides as well.
Park Hours for Yellowstone Bear World
Yellowstone Bear World operates seasonally. It is open from April 17th – October 17th.
Hours of Operations
2021 Season Dates:
April 17-18th, 24-25th, May 1-2nd
Open Weekends Only 9am – 5pm
May 8th – May 28th
Open 7 days/week 9am – 5pm
May 29th – September 6th
Open 7 days/week 9am – 6pm
September 7th – October 17th
Open 7 days/week 9am – 5pm
Last Day of the Season
Tickets to Yellowstone Bear World
The cost of admission varies depending on age but you can also pay by the carload (up to seven people).
Toddlers are free
$55 per person
You can save money by purchasing your tickets online.
Parking at Yellowstone Bear World
The parking is located at the gift shop. It is free to park. From the parking lot, you can access the wildlife park by driving in or taking the tour bus. You can also access the rest of the amenities by walking through the gift shop.
Top Things to See and Do at Yellowstone Bear World
There are a few activities you will want to do when you visit Yellowstone Bear World.
- Drive-thru Wildlife Preserve
- Petting Zoo
- Gift Shop
Drive Thru Wildlife Park - for Yellowstone Bear World
Going to a drive thru wildlife venue was a first time experience for my family. It was awesome! We got so excited every time we saw a bear! Bear World is filled with lots of bears everywhere you look. This experience was well worth the admission price. What was really nice is that you could drive through as many times as you wanted. We went through two times.
Best Way to Experience Yellowstone Bear World
There are two ways to experience the wildlife park. One is to drive through on your own. The other way is to pay to go on a tour bus. There are two perks to the bus. If I remember correctly, you need to constantly be in motion when driving. The tour bus, on the other hand, makes stops.
The other perk of the tour bus, and this is the big one, is that you get to feed the bears. The bears surround the bus, get up on their hind legs, and you get lots of pics! The bear cubs are so cute!
We did not do the tour bus, but on the second time through, we were right behind one. And so we got the perk of seeing all the bears close by without having to be on the bus. It was very exciting!
The park is also full of wildlife. They have black bears, grizzly bear, rocky mountain elk, mule deer, white-tail deer, American bison, mountain goats and moose.
The petting zoo is included with the price of admission, and is easily accessible from the gift shop. There is 1 acre of deer, goats, pigs. ducks, and more. We had a really fun time petting the animals and enjoying this part of the park.
Let me just tell you, it is so nice to get out of the car after a long road trip to Yellowstone. Petting all the different animals and walking around on a beautiful day was pretty wonderful.
Amusement Park Rides
Okay, this isn’t Six Flags, but for the little ones, it does the trick. The rides are adjacent to the petting zoo. There are five rides that all littles will love!
One ride is a big bear that spins. It is really cute. My youngest loves trains, and they have a really cute train ride. My kids also loved riding the Log Roller-coaster. The best part is this is all included in your admission. This was a great surprise for us!
More than Bears
We had thought all there was to do here was to drive and see the bears. Walking through the gift shop and discovering all the extras was fantastic! It is definitely an added bonus on top of the wildlife drive thru; to be able to get the kids out of the car and then go to a petting zoo, and have rides to ride on! The place is awesome!
There is also a little museum with interesting facts about the wildlife that live in the park. We enjoyed walking around and learning all about the animals and the habitats they live in.
The museum is right next to the petting zoo. It is small, but had some interesting facts.
Yellowstone Bear World Gift Shop
Of course to enter the facility, you need to walk through the gift shop! This is always a challenge for us. On one hand, it is really cool to see all of the items that a gift shop has. On the other hand, we always worry about our littles rummaging through all of the goods, knocking something over, trying on hats, or otherwise displacing things (and of course begging for us to buy them something). There are cool items, the gift shop did not disappoint.
Three Bears Gift Shop
The Three Bear Gift Shop has quite a bit of bear themed items. They also have a wide variety of fudge. We had to try some! There are 20 different flavors to choose from.
My kids really wanted to build a bear with their animal stuffing machine but we told them maybe another time, but it is an option to stuff your own bear.
Yellowstone Bear World is Worth the Stop
We totally thought Yellowstone Bear World was worth a visit! If you are on your way to Yellowstone National Park or driving from it. I highly recommend stopping at Yellowstone Bear World.
For us it was a great break from the long drive and the kids loved seeing all the animals and getting out of the car to ride some rides. My kids had a great time and want to return!
Nearby Sites to See
You may want to try other places in Rexburg while you are in the area. There is a Mesa Falls, Legacy Flight Museum, Rexburg Rapids (a water park for the family), and trails and parks. Since our focus was travelling to Yellowstone, and we didn’t have much time, we didn’t get to try these places. But they may be worth taking a look at while you are in the area.
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