• North American Bear Center - Ely, Minnesota

      Big Ted may be the largest black bear that ever lived! He's huge, which means he mostly hangs out near the viewing area and observation deck waiting for food. Ted is younger and loves to cool off in the pond. Honey, the 3rd bear at the center, is more elusive. View the bears up close and personal, plus view specimens of other varieties and learn about their lives. On Friday and Saturday mornings, you can take close-up photos for a fee.

      If you go:
      Hours and days open vary by season. Closed between Thanksgiving and Christmas except for groups by appointment. Check website or call for hours. Admission. Free and fee programs available.


      1926 Highway 169
      Ely, Minnesota 55731 USA

      Mailing address:
      PO Box 161
      Ely, MN 55731 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      North American Bear Center
      +1 (218) 365-7879

      Toll-free number
      +1 (877) 365-7879

      Comments 1 Comment
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        It's funny, the bear displayed in your photo doesn't really look all that large, but I saw another photo of "Big Ted" online and I concur, that is one massive black bear!