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International Wolf Center

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
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Address: 1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
Phone Number:
+1 218-365-4695
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Great for the kids! Lots of baby wolfs and we watching the feeding process

Wonderful northern experience wolves around us and how they are needed in our world! Family friendly!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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Edgewood, New Mexico
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were disappointed that we couldn't visit here. They have limited hours / days in the off season. Early May was a little too early.

Thank Karen R
IntlWolfCenter, Web Specialist at International Wolf Center, responded to this review

Hi Karen, I'm sorry you were not able to visit. Our daily summer hours began May 15th. During the off-peak season we are open Friday's, Saturday's and Sundays. Our daily program schedule that includes our hours can be viewed on our website: http://www.wolf.org/visit/hours-fees-programs/ I hope you will be able to visit again in the near future. Sincerely, Carissa More 

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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7 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful northern experience wolves around us and how they are needed in our world! Family friendly!

Thank familybentley
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff was/is very knowledgeable about the wolves, very well educated. Loved that we were able to see all five wolves and then shown the two in "retirement"

Thank Holly B
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40 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Very knowledgeable speakers share facts about wolves as you watch a pack mill around in front of you. Eventually they feed them a large deer or most recent road kill or hunter donation. My teens were horrified but also spellbound as they watched the pack eat the dead deer. The guides stand with the group and answer any questions you... More 

Thank Bonnie E
Level Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Wonderful staff. Not much to do, but beautiful place and the wolves ate gorgeous. Easy to find, not far from Arrowhead Rv Resort. Walking distance.

Thank Sheila M
North Bonneville, Washington
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92 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Was in town for the bear center but thought I would check out the wolf center as well. So glad I did. Great information and live wolves behind a viewing glass.

Thank David J
Thunder Bay, Canada
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My life and i made a special trip to Ely, Minnesota just to visit the Wolf centre. This place should be the model for education and interpretive centres everywhere. Knowledgeable staff, great environment for the wolves and not touristy at all. They are there for the animals and their benefit alone. At $12 entry fee the value for money is... More 

2 Thank Bill D
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I have been visiting here since 2006. This center is a wonderful resource for educating people about wolves. The center has an ambassador pack of several species of wolves for people to view.

Thank Gabbie06
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, United States
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We had just 1.5 hours but we packed it full of what was offered. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and the wolves came out to say hi at the very end. The theater activities were well done and we all learned a lot.

Thank Tanya B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great place to see wolfs from a safe distance. Ha. There were two right up front when we were there. Plus they had a great Northern lights gallery show.

Thank K2M

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