North American Bear Center

1926 SR 169
Ely, MN 55731- Map It
Phone: (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.
$12; $10 (ages 65+); $7 (ages 3-12).
Hours: Daily 9-6, late May-early Sept.; daily 10-5, early Sept.-late Oct.; daily 10-4, May 1-late May; Fri.-Sat. 10-4, mid-Apr. through Apr. 30. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 2 hours minimum.