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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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International Wolf Center

Really enjoyed watching the live ambassador wolves (did not personally like the taxidermy room... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Allison H
Melbourne Beach, FL
Wolves After Dark

I was greeted by the staff and quickly entered into an arena of study on the habits of wolves. Our... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Antonio, Texas
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
+1 218-365-4695
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed watching the live ambassador wolves (did not personally like the taxidermy room though). It was raining while we were there, but the wolves were out and very active.

Thank Allison H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was greeted by the staff and quickly entered into an arena of study on the habits of wolves. Our group was to spend the night in the observation area and record the actions of the wolf pack outside. Our specialist was very well informed...More

Thank fritobandito3237
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Up until we took our vacation up in Ely, I didn’t know there was an International Wolf Center in Ely. The exhibits are informative. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to see most of the wolves and watch them eat, play...More

Thank Procomp
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My son's dream come true. We saw all 5 ambassadors wolves in action the first day we visited. Great fun! The center does an excellent job educating on wolves. Interesting and informative. Plenty to see and do. Our 11 and 19 yr olds were both...More

Thank Jean G
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We spent a few hours at the Wolf Center while we were in Ely for several days. It was great. We all enjoyed the exhibits, presentations and watching the wolves. Lots of helpful staff around to answer questions.

Thank Katherine S
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The tour of the place you could do in a half hour. I feel like I wasted my money and time on this. Basically they are affiliated with the Bear Center, but in order to go "behind the scenes" you had to be a "member"...More

1  Thank AndreOU812
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The International Wolf Center is a top notch facility to learn about wolves and their importance to maintain a healthy ecosystem. The exhibits are very informative and nicely displayed and explained. The building is really inviting. This is a great place for children to learn...More

Thank degullion
Reviewed 14 August 2017

If you can see this and the bear center the same day, they are both high quality must see for nature enthusiasts. Exhibits are always changing so we try to stop often

Thank viking226
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Hourly talks by educator about Arctic wolves while watching a live 1 year pup through the glass. Five wolves live in a natural environment. Two more retired and living out of site. Also a lengthy video about research being done on wolf behavior. Loved it...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

The center has come a long way over the last few years. They have a wonderful collection of wolves. The educational piece has come a long way. Still not sure if it's worth the price though.

Thank Kenneth T
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16 August 2017|
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
18 May 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.
Amber F
10 February 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