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International Wolf Center

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Address: 1396 Hwy. 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
Phone Number:
218-365-4695
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Best place for young kids

We went with our two young kids and they absolutely liked the center and its lot of information for kids. We saw wolf pups as well which is a bonus. There are art exhibits of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 19, 2016
MHK29
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

We went with our two young kids and they absolutely liked the center and its lot of information for kids. We saw wolf pups as well which is a bonus. There are art exhibits of northern lights as well .

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Thank MHK29
Orange Park, Florida
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

I wanted to see the wolf pups up close you I atteneded one of the daily presentations they have. The employee that conducted the seminar was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions that were asked of her. She conducted herself very professionally even though there were many children making noise and running around (even though parents were... More 

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Thank Judi B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

This a wonderful place to learn all about wolves. The programs and exhibits provided so much information. So happy we got to see the wolf pups!

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Thank Crisanibel
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Highlight of our trip to Ely. Very knowledgable guides and interesting displays, videos, games and live wolves seen in a natural environment. Well worth the money and a fun visit for all. check on times so you don't miss the wolf pups coming out 2 and 4 pm.

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Thank Carla J
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

This was a very nice place. Had good information and exhibits. The Northern Lights exhibit was by far the best part about it. We went to the show to learn about the wolves and what I remember is the two wolf pups sleeping on the floor and one in the habitat behind it. Nothing spectacular.

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Thank Kimberly D
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

This is the ultimate destination for anyone that loves wolves or is interested in learning more about them. I've been coming here since I was a young child, and the place never gets old. They currently have 4 ambassador wolves in a display enclosure, 2 new wolf pups, and 1 retired wolf. You can see them anytime through the webcams... More 

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Thank Kalyn310
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3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Pretty expensive for basic information. I expected more of an educational experience on why we need wolves in the wild. Unfortunately I think they do more to make people want to keep them as pets with the type of programming they give. Dangerous...

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Thank Heather N
Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Neat place. We didn't get to see any of the adult wolves since it was the middle of the day and they are usually out early and late. BUT the cubs were a special treat. They get cubs every 4 years so we lucked out. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Seemed a bit pricey.

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Thank andersonfamilytx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We found this to be interesting and offered an opportunity to see wild wolves. It offers the history of wolves in the region and it was interesting to see the Wolf pups.

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Thank Steve S
Gonvick, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We took two 6y/o kids, they really enjoyed everything. There we plenty of activities to do for everyone. Plan on spending a few hours here!

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