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“Wolves - a nice visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of International Wolf Center

International Wolf Center
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Ely
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wolves - a nice visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Wolves eat one big meal a week. In this case, it is Saturday nights. So, we were concerned about whether we'd see live wolves at all. Fortunately, the Center provides a short presentation followed by a small snack for the wolves at 1pm and 3pm each day which increases the likelihood of seeing this animal. We were fortunate as a careful look at the nearby forested area disclosed that what first looked like a rock turned out to be a sleeping wolf. We sat through a fairly interesting presentation about wolves and then it was "snack time." There are four wolves in the area and they all appeared for the snack (no guarantee that will happen). Visitors view the wolves from inside the facility, looking through large windows.

My primary recommendation is to be at the facility at either 1pm or 3pm or the likelihood of seeing live wolves is greatly diminished.

In addition to the presentation, there are a couple of brief video presentations running continuously as well as other stationary exhibits and, a gift shop. We were not particularly impressed by the exhibits.

The facility is modern and well maintained.

Visited September 2012
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Minnesota
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

Loved it. They have a little store, movies, very interesting talks. After the talk they call the wolfs. So cute you want to take them home. Take a trip there.

Visited September 2012
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Waterloo, Iowa
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78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is the 2nd visit we have made to the International Wolf Center and it is still a great resource for learning and conservation of this species. The exhibits are engaging and very informative. The live talks are always great and seeing the wolves is always awe inspiring. We got to see the two new "pups", who are now six months old...Boltz and Luna. They both bounded in with youthfulness exuberance as they joined the older wolves...they were all gorgeous. Highly recommend visiting this center and learning about these beautiful animals.

Visited September 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Take time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

We came to Ely for the Wolf Center. It was a wonderful experience. Take at least half a day to explore it. Don't miss the "Howling with the Wolfs" in the evening. Make reservations for it.

Visited August 2012
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Kalama, Washington
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“A great learning experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

The wolf viewing was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. I was very impressed with the "natural feel" of the wolf enclosure. Well worth the visit!

Visited September 2012
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