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Ely, MN wolf
Collest small town in America logo with image of a moose.

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: 

Ely State Theater

Watch a $5 movie at the beautiful history state theater.

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. 

Fortune bay golf course green with pond.

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.  

Wooden handcrafted in Ely sign for Wintergreen northern wear.

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 MukluksBright 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 Area Shopping
Insula restaurant outdoor sign.
Ely Area Dining

Ely Dining Options

Check out EATINELY for all of the most up-to-date information on local restaurants. Details below.

Insula Restaurant: A local favorite since 2015, Insula serves what it calls “fusion American dining.” Dishes, drawing on local ingredients, range from a French onion grilled cheese and classic cobb salad to flatbread pizza. 

Gator's Grilled Cheese Emporium: One of our favorite lunch spots. Check out their turkey avocado club melt with their homemade soup of the day! 

Ely Steak House: Ely's "go to" location for a cold beer and a steak

Rockwood Bar & Grill: Enjoy their outdoor patio while listening to live music. Excellent burgers! 

Northern Grounds Coffee + Wine Bar: Single Origin Coffee Roaster, 50 Fine Wines By-the-Glass, Craft Beer and Cocktails On-Tap in Renovated Historic Ely Building. 

Ely Front Porch Coffee & Tea Company:  Offers local coffee brews and teas with home baked goods. 

Ely Boathouse Brewpub and Restaurant:  The Boathouse Brewpub is a place to gather with friends and enjoy great food and drinks. They brew a variety of beers in our in-house brewery and offer "to-go" beer growlers in glass and plastic (BWCA Approved) 

Stony Ridge Cafe:  Known to have one of the best burgers in town! 

The Chocolate Moose


Burntside Lodge

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