You have got to go here…Yellowstone Bear World – Rexburg, Idaho.
Trips don’t always tun out as they are planned and that is OK! When bad weather re-routed us through Idaho to Yellowstone National Park we were lucky enough to be able to visit Yellowstone Bear World and truth be told it is one of the best memories I took home from our trip.
The anticipation while waiting for the gates to open killed me, I was like a kid on Christmas morning.
I interrupt this blog to insert a word of advice, there are two very cool experiences you can partake in: feeding bear cubs (yes, you heard me right) and feeding all the animals on the grounds from a raised vehicle. RESERVE EARLY! Unfortunately we were too late to reserve on-line so as soon as we arrived we headed straight to the sign-up desk near the petting zoo to see if there were any last minute cancellations. Luckily there were and I couldn’t wait to feed the animals.
While we waited for our tour to begin we couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the bear cubs at play.
I LITERALLY could have stayed there all day and watched them, but alas it was our turn to load up and set off on an adventure.
For just $25 (for up to 7 family members – not a bad deal if you ask me) you are loaded in a raised vehicle and given food to feed the animals as you are driven through the park. Butterflies were rampant in my stomach as I had been wanting to do something like this for so long.
The tour is approximately 45 minutes, led by a docent and there are several stops along the way to feed the animals. I can’t say this enough – DO THIS! Not only do you learn so much, it is immensely fun along the way. They had to pry me off of the tour…
BUT, the fun didn’t end there…there is also a petting zoo, a store filled with goodies and snack shack that sells bear shaped french fries (I know this sounds so touristy, but they were actually delicious and I wish I hadn’t shared them!).
Oh wait, did I forget to mention the best thing – you can drive your own car right by bears, bison, moose, and wolves just to name a few. For $17 per adult (everything in this blog is included with this price except the extra experiences and bear fries:)) you can drive your car through the park as many times as you would like, no two drives will ever be the same.
Bear World is another example of awesome things that may not be your destination, but are an important part of the journey!