North American Bear Center

1926 SR 169
Ely, MN 55731- Map It
(218) 365-7879

AAA Editor Notes

North American Bear Center is 1 mi. w. at 1926 SR 169. Three resident black bears live in a 2-acre, naturally forested enclosure, and visitors can watch them go about their daily business from an indoor viewing area or an outdoor observation deck. Video exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities provide information about bear body language, vocalizations and other behaviors, emphasizing education to dispel myths and present facts about these animals. A video camera records the day-to-day activities of Lily, one of the bears, and her cub. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
$10.50; $9.50 (ages 65+); $6.50 (ages 3-12).
Hours: Daily 9-6, late May-early Sept.; daily 10-4, May 1-late May and early Sept.-late Oct.; Fri.-Sat. 11-4, late Oct.-late Nov.; Fri.-Sat. 10-4, Feb.-Apr.; by appointment rest of year. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.