I have been visiting Ely for years and finally had the chance to visit the North American Bear Center in Ely, MN. It was a hot day and were told that the bears would probably not show themselves because they would stay hidden in the shade. But guess what! A few bears came out and swan in the water and we got a great showing! Even if we had not seen a single live bear, there was plenty of beautiful photography and educational exhibits to keep us entertained and interested. I am so happy we were able to finally visit the center!