Fun Things to do in Ely, Minnesota

For a small town in northern Minnesota, Ely is absolutely stacked with fun things to do for the whole family.

If you love the outdoors, you’re going to love Ely. Enjoy canoeing, hiking or camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Try your luck at Minnesota fishing for walleye, northern or trout in our pristine waters. Birding enthusiasts can find approximately 155 species of birds including owls, bald eagles, numerous waterfowl and song birds.

If your tastes tend to the more urbane, you’ll love playing a round of golf on one of our northern Minnesota golf courses, shopping in downtown Ely or enjoying a meal in one of our unique Ely restaurants.

Looking for a little northwoods culture? Enjoy a visit to the International Wolf Center, American Bear Center, Dorothy Molter Museum and the Ely-Winton History Museum. Learn about native history and culture at the Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum.

Oh, and the fun doesn’t stop when summer is over. Fall is spectacular with dazzling autumn colors, brisk hikes, scenic drives and hunting for ruffed grouse or white tailed deer. During winter months visitor will enjoy unique Ely winter activities like dog sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiingsnowshoeing and ice fishing.

Looking for more reasons to visit? Check out our 10 reasons to visit Ely, Minnesota page!

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