Side view of Grand Ely Lodge & Area
back road at Grand Ely Lodge in MN


Ely, Minnesota Attractions and Beyond

Explore the Best Minnesota Sights Without Traveling Far

There’s something for every member of the family at Grand Ely Lodge. At our four-season resort, you can do it all! Between the many resort amenities offered at Grand Ely Lodge and the numerous Ely, Minnesota attractions, you have everything you need for a relaxing recreational, educational, and exciting vacation for all ages.

Water-lovers can take a Boundary Waters vacation, canoeing and kayaking through more than one million acres and 1,500 miles of wilderness and navigable waterways at Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The Ely area is a top wilderness kayaking and canoeing destination, boasting more canoe and kayaking outfitters in Ely than anywhere else in the world. Cast a reel into the water for smallmouth bass, gleaming lake trout, slippery walleye, surface-busting Northern pike, panfish, and more. Ely also offers icefishing for those who don’t let a little cold stop their hobbies.

Those more suited to land can take advantage of miles and miles of hiking and biking trails in Ely. Travel the Trezona Trail and roll through Hidden Valley ‘til your heart’s content. When winter’s in the air (and on the ground), strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and take in the quiet peace of snow-laden Minnesota, or experience thrills and chills while snowmobiling or dogsledding through the frozen terrain.

When you’ve finished with nature, immerse yourself in the area’s history and habitat without straying far from Grand Ely Lodge. From the North American Bear Center to the International Wolf Center, explore the impact of regional wildlife in Ely. For history buffs, the Dorothy Molter Museum opens a window into one of the most famous citizens of Ely.

The town of Ely and our resort on Shagawa Lake create the most pristine, unfiltered option for your vacation. To access it all, check availability and book your stay today. Some of the best in Minnesota tourism is right outside our doors.