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September/October 2004 Edition


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In this edition: Fun places to go with your dog! Visit a drive-thru wildlife park or take a boat tour in downtown Chicago.


Bear Country U.S.A, Rapid City, South Dakota

Enjoy A South Dakota Animal Attraction With Your Pooch.

If you have ever wanted to get close to a bear or wolve and do so safely, Bear Country U.S.A., a wildlife drive-thru park, offers a great opportunity to see these and many more animals. 

This 250 acre park has a variety of wildlife including wolves, bears, mountain lions, buffalo, reindeer, elk, goats and more. Your well-behaved dog can ride in your car as you take time to drive three miles inside the park. You will pass through fenced areas that hold different species of wild animals. 


Wild Buffalo in the Black Hills of South Dakota

While you cannot get out of your car or even crack open your car window, you can still get very close to these wild animals. And your pooch will get lots of interesting smells and sights. 
While you are there, you will find many picture perfect photo opportunities. The only caveat is that the wildlife photos you take inside the park are for personal use only. Because of that, the photos you see here of wildlife are animals that were found outside of Bear Country, in the Black Hills of South Dakota and near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. 
Toby intently watching the wolves at Bear Country U.S.A.

Rocky Mountain Goat near Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Once you are done with the wildlife viewing, the park has a snack bar which serves food like sandwiches and pizza. Dogs cannot go inside to order with you, but your best friend can join you at the outdoor tables once you carry your food outside. 
If you are planning a visit, Bear Country U.S.A. is located in Rapid City, South Dakota, on the road to Mount Rushmore. The park is open from late April to late November. During those months, the hours are 9am to 5pm daily. Rates are subject to change, but during my visit in September of 2004, they charged $12 per adult, $10 per senior over 62 years old, $6 per child ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 4 years old and dogs. The maximum charge per vehicle is $40.
Elk near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

For More Information:
Bear Country U.S.A.
http://www.bearcountryusa.com
13820 South Hwy. 16 (on the road to Mt. Rushmore) 
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 
(605) 343-2290 

Additional Information: Mount Rushmore
A trip to Bear Country U.S.A. probably means that you also came to see Mount Rushmore. The Mount Rushmore National Monument does not allow dogs except in the parking garage and in the pet area which is adjacent to the parking lot. However, you can still see Mount Rushmore with your dog from the upper level of the parking garage and pet area, as shown in the picture below. When entering the park, tell the park staff that you have a dog and need to park near the pet area.

Wild Rocky Mountain Goat in the designated "Pet Area" at Mount Rushmore.


Cruisin' With Your Canine in Chicago

Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tours of Chicago offers two great dog-friendly boat rides. The one hour Architecture Cruise will take you and your pooch on a leisurely ride through downtown Chicago along the Chicago River. Your tour guide will explain the various building styles and will also give you some interesting history of the second largest city in the United States. 
This company also has a half hour Skyline Boat Tour on Lake Michigan which departs from Navy Pier. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome on board. On this tour, you will be able to get some great skyline photos of downtown Chicago. Tours run on the weekends from the end of May to the end of November. Prices for the Architecture Cruise are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $8 for children and free for dogs.

Prices for the Skyline Boat Tour are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children and free for dogs.

For more information:
Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tours
http://www.shorelinesightseeing.com
Illinois Street
Chicago, Illinois 
(312)222-9328


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