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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 2014
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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Luxemburg, Wisconsin, USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was an ok place. We were there in the afternoon, and there was not one wolf to be seen. I would think if you find out what time feeding time is, you will have a better chance of seeing a wolf.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Spent most of an entire day with the wolf center. They run movies all day by the top wolf researchers. There are four wolves on display. They have college age presenters help with interpretation. We did an off-site program as well.

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Medina, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very educational. You only need to go once. Kids love it. Save it for a rainy day. Kind of expensive but for a great cause

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It was a nice place and interesting but overpriced. The wolves might as well have been pets. My son 8yrs was bored immediately while my daughter 5yrs enjoyed it more.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went out of our way to see this and it was worth it. The wolves are beautiful and there is always someone there to explain what their names are and interesting things about them and the enclosure. It's through glass but was able to get some very good pictures.

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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went to the feeding they do at night once a week. It was cool to learn all about the wolves and then get to see them up close as they got fed. The workers were very knowledgeable and the facility was perfect with tons of windows at all angles so you could see the wolves.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We visited the wolf center at noon on a Wednesday. The staff gave the wolves a snack. All the wolves were visible and very active. We watched them for a long time. The staff were informative and answered all our questions. We also stayed for a talk that lasted about 40 minutes. I have visited before when my own kids... More

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My husband and I went to the International Wolf Center on our recent trip to Ely. The place was absolutely packed with people (most likely because it was a drizzly morning). The noon-time program we went to was informative. Being we are both from Northern Minnesota, it wasn't new information to us. It also felt to us like it was... More

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Chislehurst, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Lovely place to see wolves, they had a great time when one of the keepers put out an old tub full of water, they all went mad trying to doggie paddle in it. The center has some wonderful exhibits and loads of information about wolves and how people interact with them. the gift shop is great too

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Monticello, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

i visited the WOLF CENTER for the first time this year. it was great to see the wolves up close. i would recommend this place to everyone. i only wish i would of been there for the 7 p.m. feeding time.

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