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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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  • We toured the museum and then we were able to go out and watch the bears in their habitat. We watched them being fed and learned about the resident bears and where them came from. 
  • There is a lot to read and view in terms of education on bears. Then, we took a 20 minute tour to see the bears up close in their habitat since they did not come down into the enclosure. 
  • This center for the bears is a must see! There are many interactive interesting displays with so much information one can spend a whole day but the way it is set up even an hour would give enough deta...  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.