International Wolf Center

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International Wolf Center

1396 Hwy 169
Ely, MN 55731

(218) 365-4695 (Phone)

1-800-ELY-WOLF (Toll Free)

(218) 365-3318 (Fax)

Region: Northeast

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  • Members - FREE, Adult $13.00, Seniors (60+) $11.00, Child* (4-12) $7.00. Buy admission for one day and your second consecutive day is FREE. *Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.


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  • .25 mi North East of Ely on Hwy 169.

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  • JANUARY 1 – MAY 14, 2018: Friday 10 – 5; Saturday 9 – 5; Sunday 10 – 2. MAY 14 – JUNE 10, 2018: Open Sunday – Friday 10 – 5 Open Saturday 9 – 5. JUNE 11 – AUGUST 12, 2018:Open daily 9 – 6 For complete listing of hours and rates, visit

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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    1396 Hwy 169
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    Call: (218) 365-4695
    Toll Free: 1-800-ELY-WOLF

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    1396 Hwy 169
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    Call: (218) 365-4695

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    Call: (218) 365-4695

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    1396 Hwy 169
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    Call: (218) 365-4695
    Toll Free: 1-800-ELY-WOLF

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    Call: (218) 365-4695
    Toll Free: 1-800-ELY-WOLF

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