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Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary

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A Lifetime memory made here with these Beautiful Wild Creatures

Better than the American Bear Association's place in ELY. You are in the "cage" on top of a... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Staten Island, New York
Most awesome place ever!

My favorite place ever, and will return again and again! I went in August because the bears will... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
Savage, Minnesota
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

Better than the American Bear Association's place in ELY. You are in the "cage" on top of a platform and the bears are in the wild...as it should be, not the other way around as it is in ELY, You view probably at about 30-40...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed 31 August 2016

My favorite place ever, and will return again and again! I went in August because the bears will be fattening up for hibernation. They were huge!!! There was about 50 bears the day I went. The cubs were climbing the trees, the two year olds...More

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank Ginger5206
Reviewed 7 October 2015

Our good friends who live in the area said this was a must side trip. They are only open for a few hours at night so we planned our visit shortly after they open. The bears were everywhere and it really neat to be so...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank gregbooras
Reviewed 18 September 2015

We love this place! It's fairly basic--you ride in a bus from the parking facility to the feeding area, then from a platform you watch the bears who are feeding below. It's all volunteers who work there, but they are very friendly and well informed....More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank CobyS824
Reviewed 22 August 2015

About 13 miles East on the Nett Lake road turning left from Highway 53. Open from 5 to 8 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Maybe 50 bears and 10 cubs. Nice platform to view from safe and good for a one time visit....More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

We stopped by to see the place but had no idea what to expect. We saw the signs to honk and scare the bears back in to the trees I thought yea right but when we got there and found out that the bears were...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Ladd H
Reviewed 3 September 2013

If passing through or you like bears, this is a very nice place to view black bears. Takes about 1-1/2 hours. We saw over 50 black bears on Sept 1, 2013. There is a nice viewing platform so you are out of harms way. It...More

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank Fastphilad
Reviewed 24 June 2013

The Bear sanctuary is well worth the visit. The black bears are so amazing to see in their natural habitat. They are free to come and go as they please as the sanctuary is completely open. Its only the humans that are restricted to an...More

Date of experience: June 2013
1  Thank Jackie T
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Today was our third time there and we will definitely go back. There were many bears and spring cubs that were so adorable. It is an amazing educational experience for children about bears. I highly recommend this over the other bear place in northern MN.

Date of experience: June 2013
Thank mscaia
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Been there twice and is the best place ti see and photo black bears. If you can pay the extra and spend the whole day at ground level with these beautiful animals. They come really close. To bad hunters have to shoot them for fun!

Date of experience: June 2012
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