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North American Bear Center, Ely

(4.5/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Bears have been unfairly demonized for centuries. Exaggerated perceptions of danger historically led to eradication campaigns using bounties, poison, trapping, and shooting. All eight bear species around the world are now listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered in all or portions of their ranges. Remote habitats that once insured isolation and protection are now being occupied by people, and the attitudes of these people will determine the future of those populations.
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  • I love the bears and visit every time we are in Ely. The new educational center is a great addition to the facility.  more »
  • This exhibit is fairly new--built within the last couple of years. The main building is fascinating. You can oo0 and aaH a lot while exploring this well maintained building. Lots to see and do. The be...  more »
  • I have enjoyed visiting yearly since 2011. You can view videos that show how mother black bears interact with their cubs. They have an interactive area for children. I have been visiting every year si...  more »
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  • Family fun. The viewing deck is great-very nice outdoor space. Nice collection of exhibits.
  • It's one of the most amazing bear centers in the US. They have compiled almost all the aspects of bear's life. So also, this center highlighted the on-going research on bear. More importantly, there is a whole section dedicated to how to deal with wild bears. Gift shop is good too. They had 4 bears to show us in a tour. Staff is very friendly. Ample of parking. One can easily spend around 3-4 hours here.
  • Lots to do and see! We saw 3 bears, which was awesome. The staff was friendly and informative. Great kids section and many exhibits. Worth the stop.
  • Super fun! Your entrance fee also covers the "behind the scenes" tour which is really cool
  • Find the time for the behind the scenes bear feeding tour. That was great.