By: Lindsey Dempsey
The summer months are right around the corner, but in our state of eternal sunshine and triple digit weather, this means that it’s time for parents to find fun in air conditioning or cooler climates. Luckily, Arizona is filled with many mountain towns that stay cool in the summer with plenty of fun activities to enjoy and Bearizona is one of them. It’s not often that we have the chance to come face to face with a bear without our lives being in danger, but this special wildlife park in Williams, Arizona gives visitors this rare opportunity on a daily basis!
Located just a few hours north of the Valley, Bearizona is a wildlife park like no other. Here, visitors have the rare opportunity to see the bears and other wildlife in their natural habitat, roaming free and enjoying the nature surrounding them. The park is home to black bears, wolves, bobcats, hawks, owls, otters and other wildlife native to our state. Guests have several ways they can enjoy the park by driving or walking through to see the animals in their natural habitat. They can also visit the petting zoo or an enclosed area to see the wildlife up close. The park offers a variety of shows, including a raptor show, meet and greets, animal feedings and more. It’s fun for the whole family and sure to bring a smile on both the children and adult’s faces!
Williams, Arizona is a two and a half hour drive from Phoenix and just a half hour drive from Flagstaff. This charming town along Route 66 is also home to the famous Grand Canyon Railway, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Bearizona has called this quaint town home for five years and they continue to expand their wildlife adventureland. Offering a one of a kind experience to see bears enjoying a natural environment, the park also ensures the safety of guests with fencing and rules like keeping all doors, windows and sunroofs closed at all times.
Things to know before you go:
Park Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. until Dusk (cars are let in until 4 p.m.)
Cost: Adults – $20, Children 4-12 – $10 (cars are charged per person)
Pets are allowed in the park, but must stay in the car and are not allowed by the walk-up animal exhibits.
Visit their website for information about the park, showtimes, exhibits and directions.
Lindsey Dempsey is the owner of AZ Party Kids event planning, and loves to plan a memorable celebration for her clients. Lindsey spent five years at Yelp as the Head of Marketing for Phoenix and planned creative and entertaining parties on a regular basis for the community. She has planned every party imaginable including a western adventure complete with fireworks and hot air balloons, “play dates” at the Children’s Museum with a singing cowboy on a horse and live circus acts, fiestas with a drink burro and even the world’s largest snack stadium to celebrate the “Big Football Game” that came into town in 2015.
During her five year career at Yelp as the head of Marketing for the area, Lindsey planned and executed over 300 events for Yelp, just to name one of her roles. She solely planned the events by picking the venue, creating the theme, planning the party, finding the vendors and entertainment, setting up and executing the party and managing and hosting the party itself. As the former head of Marketing for Yelp Phoenix, Lindsey has over 1,000 Yelp reviews and is connected to the best businesses, services, vendors and entertainment in the Valley.
As a former U of A Wildcat, Lindsey now lives in town with her husband Scott, their daughter Madeline and their Cockapoo Harley.