In the middle of nowhere, Arizona (specifically Williams, Arizona) on our way to the Southern Ridge of The Grand Canyon we stopped by a prehistoric park: The Flintstone Bedrock City. It was Mary’s long time dream of visiting this place although, I’m more of a Jetsons fan, it was still memorable and fun in its own right. Unsure if it was the time of year we went (June) or if it is usually this desolate (my assumption) but it was very dusty but not too hot, surprisingly. On entering the park, there are landmarks on the outside (within the parking lot) to take pictures on/around. Their little gift shop is home not only to Flintstones memorabilia but Arizona artifacts and other things that tourists love (magnets, postcards, trinkets, Indian arrowheads, cool looking rocks, etc.).
After paying a small admission fee ($5 USD), it’s a free roam. You can go to whatever part of the park and walk into any building. The entire place is a photo opportunity galore! There is a slide, swings, seesaw and petting zoo…with one poor little goat. They even have the old cartoon show playing in a theatre. I found it very eerie: the cartoon was playing on a small projector in an old building that you could smell the antiquity of the walls. The audio was then played through a loud speaker OUTSIDE of the building for the entire park to hear; it gets weirder when you start walking around the area and it starts to sound faint but still audible. I just thought the entire thing was….unique to say the least. Other than that, it really is its own little town. There is a postoffice, jailhouse, barbershop and other amenities any society needs to thrive. Of course, the homes of Fred and Barney’s are also available to walk into.
The prehistoric park is perfectly kid friendly (even toddlers). For the adults, they serve $99 cents coffee, yes, ONE DOLLAR COFFEE…so you can keep up with your excited children. If you were a fan of the Flintstones TV show growing up and always wanted to live in their pre-internet world, this is your fantasy come to life. There are no actors dressed up and really no supervision by any staff members. It was empty when we visited which I like to look at as a bonus because you can be in and out quickly or spend as much time on the swings etc. Also, taking pictures with little to zero people is always a plus.