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International Wolf Center

#2 of 34 things to do in Ely Features Animals
1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
+1 218-365-4695
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Educational but Over Priced

If you're coming here to see wolves...it isn't guaranteed that you will see them. The building is... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2016
Saint Paul, Minnesota
via mobile
Wolf Pups Are Growing

My family and I visited the wolf center during the heat of the day therefore the wolf we saw was... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
+1 218-365-4695
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Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

If you're coming here to see wolves...it isn't guaranteed that you will see them. The building is very nice and the exhibits are well done, but I thought $12 was expensive for what we saw. The presentation about the pack of wolves at the center...More

1  Thank KentBert
Reviewed August 28, 2016

My family and I visited the wolf center during the heat of the day therefore the wolf we saw was not as active. We spent a lot of time learning from the staff about the habitat and were informed we could comeback the next day...More

Thank Sdldeleon
Reviewed August 27, 2016

We visited with a group of BSA while in the area. Great to see, very interesting (with no chance of becoming lunch). . The wolves that we saw were very active and we had a good chance to see them interact with each other.

Thank normanb552
Reviewed August 22, 2016

We generally make a trip to the Wolf Center every year. It has been fun to watch the wolves grow up from when they were pups that arrived 4 years ago to now and to see the new arrivals. The pups and wolves were out...More

Thank Allison B
Reviewed August 22, 2016

I visited the International Wolf Center for the first time on a Girl Scout trip when I was 10 years old - and I was immediately hooked. I fell in love with wolves at a very young age, but the chance to get so close...More

Thank Jessica K
Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Excellent, educational exhibits, speakers, videos, interactive activities and real wolves. Nice gift shop. I highly recommend this for families.

Thank Subes6701
Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

We went about 1 pm. The two pups played in front of the windows while we got an excellent presentation on wolves in the auditorium by the windows. It was amazing how many "facts" we had learned about wolves in school that we're incorrect. The...More

1  Thank Skagerrak
Reviewed August 18, 2016

We spent a wonderful three hours at the International Wolf Center. The presentation on the wolf pups was very informative - and the pups were extremely cute! We saw all the adult wolves as well. The adult wolves were surprisingly active mid-day when we visited...More

Thank GdvwOH
Reviewed August 17, 2016

Went early afternoon, and the wolves were not to be seen! The staff said they come out earlier morning or later afternoon, especially in the heat. The hours 10-5, so unless you come early or stay late,months much chance of seeing wolves. Mother good thing...More

1  Thank Nancy4Jayhawks
Reviewed August 15, 2016

The Wolf Center was a really nice experience for our family of 4, with kids 11 and 13. Viewing the wolves is a bit difficult, even when they are out, which isn't all the time. There is a big crowd and a lot of photographers...More

1  Thank Travelmamacita
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May 18, 2017|
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Response from Bill D | Reviewed this property |
an hour is about right unless you are there at feeding time or want to take in one of the lectures. Feeding is Saturday evening at 7pm. they are fed once per week as that is the frequency that a wolf pack successfully hunts... More
Amber F
February 10, 2017|
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Response from IntlWolfCenter | Property representative |
Hi Amber, Our current winter hours (January 1 - May 15) are Friday 10 – 5; Saturday 9 – 5; Sunday 10 – 2. For a complete listing of our hours and schedule of our daily programs, visit our website. We look forward to your... More
January 17, 2017|
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Response from IntlWolfCenter | Property representative |
Hi jeanleaman, You will need to rent a car in Duluth and drive to Ely. As others have mentioned it is a two hour drive. We recommend using Google Maps to plan out your route. MN-1 W is a beautiful route to Ely that many... More