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International Wolf Center

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1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
+1 218-365-4695
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Rainy day stop in Ely

Exhibit is large and well thought out. You can watch the ambassador wolves from large viewing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Southshore4
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Maple Plain, Minnesota
via mobile
Rainy Day Filler

We were hoping to see the wolves, that was a bust! No wolves sited during our visit. The Center... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Happy2Journey
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South Haven, Minnesota
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The International Wolf Center, located in Ely, Minnesota, gives visitors a chance to learn about wolves and see them in a beautiful northwoods habitat. The main attraction are five live wolves who make up our ambassador pack. The best time to see the wolves is first thing in the morning and then late in the afternoon. This is especially the case during hot summer months. If you can't make it early or late in the day, we recommend coming by at noon. Every day at noon we offer enrichment for the wolves, so they typically all come out and are visible through the massive auditorium windows. We also offer a unique Saturday evening program where the wolves get their weekly meals. That program is at 7 p.m. The Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
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+1 218-365-4695
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Exhibit is large and well thought out. You can watch the ambassador wolves from large viewing windows-plenty of room. Recommend attending on of the hourly presentations as the staff presentations were very educational.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were hoping to see the wolves, that was a bust! No wolves sited during our visit. The Center is well done and we learned a lot of facts about wolves. Kids loved playing in the children's area, especially the wolf den. We were sad...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well done educational center that kept the grandkids fully engaged while we were there. Kids are 11 and 8 and Ely made for a nice day trip which included natural awareness activities. Visited both the Wolf and Bear Center. Kids found them equally interesting. Highly...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

It is not that cheap. It has some very good information but the museum part is not that large. The best part of the attraction is to watch the wolves. This is an educational center not a research center. They have a large viewing area...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

International Wolf Center is a beautiful building, nice educational materials and of course the Wolf ambassadors! The staff was helpful and informative. We loved the evening feeding.

Thank Julie S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got very little information as there were only three people working Wolves were hiding in the cooler dens that are in the enclosure, although two different wolves came out to get a drink and walk for a short period. The water feature in the enclosure...More

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Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

We had heard about the Wolf Center for years and were anxious to spend some time there. It was NOT a disappointment! The dedicated staff were knowledgeable and friendly. I needed some handicapped assistance and they were very helpful! The wolves are amazing to observe...More

1  Thank 980Happywanderer
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

It was a fun experience, but for the price we paid for a family 5 was a lot for what we actually got to experience. The exhibits about the history were interesting and informative, but for younger children it looses their interest fairly quickly. When...More

Thank Sarah F
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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

We could hear the wolves howling our first night at the Grand Ely Lodge so we decided to stop. Interesting place to visit and cool to see the live wolves.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

The Wolf Center is a Must See in Ely! It is not only cool to learn about wolves, watch videos, play computer games, & listen to lectures, but being able to see the wolves so close is amazing.

Thank amyj78
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rwatson579
August 16, 2017|
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Response from degullion | Reviewed this property |
Admission Price Adults are 13.00 Children ages 4-12 are 7.00 Children ages 3 and under are free Their is also a discount for Seniors and I think Military as well. It's a great place for families! There are neat things for... More
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cren1989
May 18, 2017|
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Response from Holly B | Reviewed this property |
So sorry, just saw this message. I recommend a couple hours, there is a lot to see.
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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
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