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Voted one of the coolest small towns in America, Ely, MN boasts a rich history, unmatched wilderness experience, unique locally made shopping opportunities, great dining, and ample wildlife viewing. 

What to Do in Ely, MN

Ely Area Attractions: 

International Wolf Center

Meet wild wolves at their live wolf exhibit.

North American Bear Center

Meet real bears at the live bear exhibit.

Dorothy Molter Museum

Visit the famous "Root Beer Ladies" original home.

Ely Folk School

Learn handcrafts and folk skills.

Sudan Underground Mine Tours

Go 1/2 mile underground and experience a real mine.

Ely's Pioneer Mine Tour

Immerse yourself in Ely's rich Iron Ore mining history.

Ely Winton Historical Society Museum

Explore Ely's rich history.

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Ely Area Golfing

Ely Golf Course

A 9 hole course, considered one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in northern Minnesota.

The Quarry at Giant's Ridge

Once home to a sand quarry and iron ore mine, the topography and sheer uniqueness of the Quarry at Giants Ridge sets this course apart from any other public course in the Midwest.

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay is Minnesota's premier resort golf destination located on beautiful Lake Vermilion.

Ely Area Shopping

Wintergreen Northern Wear:

High quality outdoor apparel handcrafted on the brick and mortar store on the main street of Ely, MN since 1986.


Cranberries, Apples and Granola = Crapola! Made in Ely, Minnesota.

Steger Mukluks

Bright shop carrying locally made winter boots & moccasins, plus outdoor apparel & accessories.

Pebble Spa 

Experience the best of the spa world but with the excellent service of the small town!


Ely Dining Options

Insula Restaurant

Gator's Grilled Cheese Emporium

Ely Steak House

Rockwood Bar & Grill

Northern Grounds Coffee + Wine Bar

Ely Front Porch Coffee & Tea Company