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North American Bear Center

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Address: 1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
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+1 866-365-7879
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The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind...

The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind - it helps people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans.

There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide and the mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears

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Family stop for all ages

Beautiful place. A lot of information and learning formats for all ages. Up close and personal to the Bears. A great place to learn about these beautiful animals.

Reviewed July 26, 2016
dgangl
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Twin Cities, MN
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Twin Cities, MN
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Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place. A lot of information and learning formats for all ages. Up close and personal to the Bears. A great place to learn about these beautiful animals.

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3 Thank dgangl
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Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We visited today and had a great morning! We were just in time for the behind the scenes tour. We were able to see the big boy, Ted and Tasha the newest bear, as she and her fellow bears acclimate to each other. Holly and Lucky out in the enclosure were so fun to watch as they ran and enjoyed... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed July 24, 2016

Our family of five enjoyed several hours exploring the Bear Center. I liked how the staff would make announcments when the bears were doing something new or interesting so the guests who know to gather around the viewing area. The displays were very interesting and they used a nice mixture of text, photos, and video clips to keep our whole... More 

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3 Thank familytrip452016
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Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

The kids and I absolutely loved this place!! They have a special cub room where the kids can explore like a cub. We also loved the behind the scenes part!

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3 Thank Kathy W
Savage, Minnesota
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Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We came in and were able to enjoy the bear center. They were running feelings of the three bears and the Bears were very playful, which was enjoyable for the kids. The enclosure is wooded, but you can still see the Bears from a walkway above the area. The rest of the center are a series of bear related exhibits.... More 

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2 Thank tvk73
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Reviewed July 24, 2016

We attended the Bear center after being at the Wolf center. Easily more to see and learned a lot more. Beautiful facility with so much to see and read, not to mention getting to see each one of the bears. My daughters loved it!!!

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3 Thank Jessica L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Took my 2 kids, ages 9 and 13 and we all loved it. The bears were so fun to watch and the staff would always announce when the bears were in the viewing area. Learned a lot about bears and the staff was all very friendly and helpful. We had a great time here and spent a lot more time... More 

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2 Thank Erin C
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Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Wow! What a great place! Tons of info will change your thoughts about bears! Able to see all bears on the behind the scenes tour. I would definitely go back!

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2 Thank Brianna F
Brunswick, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2016

Loved this place. My 12 year old did too! There's so much to look at inside. There's a platform outside where you can look down on the bears and they are right under you. There's also a seated viewing area inside on ground level but we thought it was much better outside on the platform. They feed the bears some... More 

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2 Thank Heather J
Virginia
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

We really liked the behind the scenes where you get to know a little more about the Bears and get to see them close.

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