During spring break of this year, my honey and I took our first out of state road trip -through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. First thought during and after the road trip: my gawd is Texas a HUGE! Phew! Looking at a map and recognizing Texas is a large state is for babies. But, driving through and out of Texas truly is for troopers and road trip lovers only. I have taken road trips out of Texas before, but never going west. Nevertheless, it was an exhausting and fun experience all at once. One of the coolest surprises we found through our road trip, aside from experiencing through skin and bone how large Texas is, was coming across The Flintstones Bedrock City Theme Park in AZ!
We stayed in a hotel few miles south our target destination- The Grand Canyon. Little did we know when we booked our hotel that right next door to us would be The Flintstones Bedrock City theme park. It was such a pleasant surprise for me, as The Flintstones was a huge part of my childhood back in Central America. Side note: As a kid, I watched show in Spanish, then called “Los Picapiedras”, and didn’t know the English name of the show until watching an episode from “The office” where they make a reference to the theme song of the show. Anyway, I was so excited when we checked in our hotel that I wanted to run to the theme park immediately. I didn’t. Instead, we drove by it and checked out opening and closing times of gift shop and theme park so we could make plans for the next day.
Walking into TFBC theme park the next day was strange, but oh so fun. When you first walk in, there’s an intense smell of firewood. As it turns out, the gift shop is also an indoor café where they sell smoked burgers along with other dishes. The entire store smells like firewood, which in my opinion goes well with the Bedrock City theme. Ha. It was also very dim, which I also feel goes well with the Bedrock theme look. The entire store is shaped like a house directly from The Flintstones Bedrock City show itself, with barely any windows, very rocky-looking, you definitely feel like you’re somewhere away from society. The store had everything you could think of Flintstones-related- and quite pricey I must say. I ended up buying myself and my niece a t-shirt. That was all.
Then came the fun part, the theme park! Which mind you, at this point I was thinking there’d be some sort of big rides, maybe a choo-choo train or something. There wasn’t. When you walk out the store into the park, you are suddenly in Bedrock city, though! They have a small neighborhood, completely Bedrock City themed! You see, this theme park is in the middle of almost nowhere. There is absolutely nothing surrounding TFBC Theme Park besides the hotel we were staying at and a gas station and a ton of desert land. So, walking out into the Bedrock City neighborhood and seeing the desert as a back yard was pretty neat, it makes the experience much more unique.
In this Bedrock “neighborhood”, you’ll come across Wilma’s and Fred’s home, Betty’s and Barney’s home, the local school, church, hospital, theater, grocery store, the county jail, all of which you can walk in to. I had such a fun time going into all of their homes, which are fully furnished. My favorite part of the entire adventure aside from being in Bedrock City itself was spending time with the neighborhood pet: this cute goat! He/she was so friendly! Immediately when I walked up to it she came towards me and stuck her head out to be petted. We definitely bonded and I have images to prove it.
We had so much fun at The Flintstones Bedrock City Theme Park. Although it didn’t have rides, per se, it had plenty of cute little homes and buildings that really did make you feel like you were in a Bedrock City movie set or something. There were statues of all the characters of the show, too! And they are human size, so you can pose with them in all kinds of fun ways. If you’re ever heading to Grand Canyon and you are a fan of The Flintstones, this little theme park will make a great stop for your road trip. My honey and I definitely had a fun time. It brought back good memories for me and made a great new set of memories with my love.
Check out the photos below!
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