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International Wolf Center

1396 Hwy. 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Educational Sites
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Here you can learn all about the habits and habitats of wolves, as well as how to communicate with them.
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I visited here two winters ago with my now-in-laws... It was an absolute blast- my husband and I (and our siblings) are in our 20s-30s...And we all thoroughly enjoyed the center. Since our last visit we've had a couple of babies join the family, and we are so excited to bring them up to the center as they grow. The... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live in Ely and have been here numerous times and would recommend everyone to visit the IWC. Lot's of information and they offer some great programs.

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Sydney, Australia
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534 reviews 534 reviews
250 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

A really well thought out centre with excellent education programs. With viewing windows and rangers to answer questions, you'll learn a lot about this maligned creature. Well worth a visit when in Ely.

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Eagan, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Extremely educational with beautiful appreciation for the wolves. Jess is awesome and was incredibly accommodating to our group. Learning about the wolves was an awesome experience - I highly recommend it!

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

It was just amazing. You can watch as the wolves interact through huge windows; you feel like you can almost touch them, they're so close. The building has beautiful architecture and everything was very clean. We can't wait to go back.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is a really fantastic facility devoted to one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. It's a museum, zoo, nature preserve and classroom all in one place.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

It was a bit of a challenge getting to the center since they are only open on the weekends during the winter. Our entire family was educated and entertained and we enjoyed our visit.

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Elk River, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Went on a Sunday morning and saw all four of the wolves who were very beautiful and engaging with each other. In response to some poor reviews regarding the size of the enclosure and the facility's use of "bred" wolves ... the four wolves have 1.25 acres to roam and are easily able to get out of view from the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

A multi-faceted look at at this magnificent animal; a merging of natural history, ecosystems, mythology, and imagery across many cultures. And beyond that, a chance to see wolves in a suitable enough environment to appreciate these animals up close.

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Friendswood, Texas, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Find out the time and night of the week the wolf feeding is scheduled. Absolutely fascinating experience.

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