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“Plenty of Black Bears”

Ranked #616 of 1,662 things to do in Minnesota
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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. Some go more though.

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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 loose and we are on the motorcycles Wow. It was amazing we saw 7 to 8 different bears walking around and eating the food that was put out for them. The people that worked there were all very friendly and informative. If you are in the area it's a must see. I will be back there again sometime.

Thank Ladd H
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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 was unknown to us and a very pleasant surprise. We are not huge fans of this sort of things so we were very happy to have found it. We probably wouldn't return without grandkids, but if in the ar ea it is a good thing to see. Or if you like to see a lot of bears, it would be a must. IT CLOSES on Labor day. Hours are from 5-8 pm and cost was about $8.

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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 open viewing platform! You arrive at the centre and park up and then are bussed to the viewing platform. You are advised to be very aware of your surroundings when going from your car to the bus (buses run every 20 mins) as the bears roam free but there are lots of sanctuary people around observing. Don't take any drinks other than water and no sweets or chewing gum as the bears will sense the sweetness. The centre is open from May to September, 5pm to 8pm but not open Mondays. It only costs $7 for an adult. Amazing value for what it is! We got there at 5pm when they opened and were fortunate to see a mother and 2 cubs straight away and very close The volunteers at the centre say there is more activity later in the evening and also August is a really good time to see lots of bears. However we did see lots of bears and 5 cubs and it was amazing. You can stay on the viewing platform as long as you like. The return bus runs every 20 mins. Do cover yourself with bug repellent as it is quite buggy there and the locals are saying the black fly and mosquitoes are particularly bad this year. Don't miss this attraction. Its awesome!!

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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.

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