The Grand Canyon Cookout Experience which takes place at the North Rim campground is a really fun and entertaining dinner and show that is appropriate for the whole family.
When you arrive, you grab a red tin plate and you walk through the buffet line where you can choose from smoked beef brisket, baked chicken, mac & cheese, salad, coleslaw, oven-roasted potatoes, cornbread, and heaping platters of watermelon. The service staff helps you to find seats- my kids were all seated right across the front row for the show, and then the staff will fill up your red tin cup with either iced tea or lemonade. The buffet is all-you-can-eat so you and the kids are welcome to go back as many times you like.We found the food to be pretty good- especially the brisket with some of the BBQ sauce on top- and the baked chicken was great.
A tram designed to look like a steam train takes visitors from the main Grand Canyon Lodge and drives them the 1 1/2 miles over to the campground. Or if you're staying at the campground you can just walk over to the tent on your own.
The show which featured singing artists Woody and Clayeda Jane was entertaining for both the adults and the kids. They sang country songs, they told funny stories, they made a few jokes along the way, and even performed a magic trick for the kids. I was concerned that my kids would find this type of the show to be a little too "cheesy", but they really seemed to enjoy it. And they sang one song called "Bad Jokes" that my kids have continued to sing in the car ever since!
It is a little on the pricey side for large families such as ours, adults meals were $29.95 and kids meals were $14.95, but it made for a truly unique experience while staying at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Overall I would highly recommend the Grand Canyon Cookout Experience for families who are enjoying a visit to the North Rim.
My children received complementary tickets to the Grand Canyon Cookout Experience as part of T-Roo American Road Trip. But as always, all opinions expressed here are my own.
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