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Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary

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Activities: Viewing wildlife

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We stopped by to see the place but had no idea what to expect. We saw the signs to honk and scare the bears back in to the trees I thought yea right but when we got there and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Ely, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

About 13 miles East on the Nett Lake road turning left from Highway 53. Open from 5 to 8 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Maybe 50 bears and 10 cubs. Nice platform to view from safe and good for a one time visit. Some go more though.

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Washburn,IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We stopped by to see the place but had no idea what to expect. We saw the signs to honk and scare the bears back in to the trees I thought yea right but when we got there and found out that the bears were loose and we are on the motorcycles Wow. It was amazing we saw 7 to... More 

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Mich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If passing through or you like bears, this is a very nice place to view black bears. Takes about 1-1/2 hours. We saw over 50 black bears on Sept 1, 2013. There is a nice viewing platform so you are out of harms way. It was unknown to us and a very pleasant surprise. We are not huge fans of... More 

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Somerton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The Bear sanctuary is well worth the visit. The black bears are so amazing to see in their natural habitat. They are free to come and go as they please as the sanctuary is completely open. Its only the humans that are restricted to an open viewing platform! You arrive at the centre and park up and then are bussed... More 

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Chisholm, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Today was our third time there and we will definitely go back. There were many bears and spring cubs that were so adorable. It is an amazing educational experience for children about bears. I highly recommend this over the other bear place in northern MN.

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Been there twice and is the best place ti see and photo black bears. If you can pay the extra and spend the whole day at ground level with these beautiful animals. They come really close. To bad hunters have to shoot them for fun!

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Southern Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I first visited Vince's sanctuary with my daughter in 1997. The platform had been built, but the small parking area was still adjacent to the feeding area. A volunteer met us at our car and escorted us down a path to the viewing area. On the way we passed within a few feet of several bears already dining! Today a... More 

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Manteno, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

My husband and I visited here on our honeymoon 16 years ago before the platform was built. I even had the oportunity to meet and talk with Vince Shute back then. Everything on that day was so amazing that we thought we would be disappointed. We learned there is no way we can be disappointed with this place. We loved... More 

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Troisdorf, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

Imagine 20-30 wild bears having dinner and they are all there for you to watch... Ok, they are only "half wild" as they come to this spot for food all the time. But still, they live in the woods, there are no fences to keep them, they can come and go as they please. It was the most amazing experience.... More 

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West Des Moines, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

I keep coming back to this place every other year or so. It's so fun to see the bears in their element and to hear the volunteeres lecture about them. The platform is perfectly safe. You can learn so much from the volunteeres about bear's antural habits and behaviors. Plan for weather.

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