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Oswald's Bear Ranch

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Address: Highway H-37, Newberry, MI 49868
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Glad we made the effort to visit the bear ranch

This is not a slick tourist attraction, in fact it is quite basic, but that is part of the appeal. Oswald's is definitely worth a visit if you want to see lots of black bears of... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
John S
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Ohio
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Way back in the country dirt roads and all. Went in early June of 16' and very cool days. You are allowed to walk around the ranch by yourselves. Watch all the adults interact with each other. You can climb up little landings and watch from above. And you can get your picture taken with a little one. They are... More 

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Newberry, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

It's a wonderful to see wild bears in a refuge. There are multiple viewing locations and opportunities, on a large refuge. It's not like a zoo, with a small pen.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is not a slick tourist attraction, in fact it is quite basic, but that is part of the appeal. Oswald's is definitely worth a visit if you want to see lots of black bears of varying shapes and sizes. We had our photo taken feeding a cub, good value at $10 with the photos taken on your own camera.... More 

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1 Thank John S
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

My cousins had taken their kids here before and they liked it so much we went back when I was with them. There's different sections for different ages of the animals and double fencing on everything so it's safe. The bears definitely have their schedules they like to keep to. We went during feeding time (afternoon) and that definitely brought... More 

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3 Thank nv616
Taylor, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Wife and I stopped here during a 2016 fall color tour. The bears seemed to be in good condition and had a nice habitat. Good time

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2 Thank paul95se
Auburn Hills, Michigan
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

My grown son wanted to check this place out so bad. He was convinced that black bears are misunderstood creatures. Turns out he was right. This place generally closes for the season at the end of September. We were lucky enough that they stayed open into the first week of October since it was so mild. It is $20 per... More 

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1 Thank estherr291
Roseville, Michigan
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

You go in thru the gift shop, but before you do that to the left you can buy apples to feed the bears. Went first thing in the morning figuring the bears would be more lively then. First thing was to take our picture with the bear cub, we were the only ones there at the time. The guy taking... More 

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2 Thank jess51bum
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6 reviews
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Had a good, safe look at bears of all sizes. Had our picture taken, petting a cub. Good sized area for observing bears.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This was so enjoyable! I heard about it from watching the show "UTR" 7 thought it would be a fun thing to do, so I wrote it down. Well, a year later I did just that. The bear ranch is an excellent way to see them close and observe them in this surrounding. The ranch is very clean and you... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I had such a great time at the ranch. I took lots of photos, enjoyed walking around and looking at all the bears and their habitats. I especially loved having my picture taken with the cub. I was apprehensive at first but felt comfortable once the young man handled me a huge ladle filled with honey for the cub to... More 

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