Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

#9 in Best Things To Do in Yellowstone
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201 S. Canyon St.

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$13 for adults; $8 for kids 5-12; free for kid...
8:30 a.m.-4, 6, 7 or 8:30 p.m. daily, dependin...

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Those who want to learn about Yellowstone wildlife in a more controlled environment should take a break from the park and head to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Located just outside the park's West Entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana, this nonprofit center offers a detailed history of bears and wolves in the Yellowstone area and insight into conservation tactics. It offers a diverse selection of hands-on activities and programs, such as the Keeper Kids program, which gives children the chance to learn about grizzly bear behavior while a naturalist and animal keeper usher them into a bear habitat to observe how bears hunt for food.

Although some previous visitors felt the center was a bit small, most said its habitats housing live bears and wolves and large viewing areas were great. To avoid feeling crammed in the tight space, a few travelers recommend visiting during the park's offseason.

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center hours vary by season, but the property always opens at 8:30 a.m. and does not close before 4 p.m. Admissions cost $13 for adults, $12.25 for seniors older than 61 and $8 for kids between 5 and 12. Children 4 and younger get in for free. Complimentary parking is provided, and restrooms, a playground, a gift shop and picnic tables are also available on-site. For more information, check out the center's website.

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#1 Old Faithful

The world's most renowned geyser is a must-see for every Yellowstone visitor. Although it isn't the largest geyser in the world, Old Faithful's eruptions are definitely awe-inspiring, averaging around 130 feet high. Like its name suggests, you can count on Old Faithful erupting approximately every hour and a half (the nearby visitors center can provide you with a more accurate schedule). There are several ways to see Old Faithful's power: You can join the hordes of tourists who gather around the perimeter or find a less hectic spot in the nearby Old Faithful Inn's dining room. More adventurous travelers can enjoy the mile-long hike out to Observation Point for a bird's-eye view of the Upper Geyser Basin.

Recent visitors enjoyed seeing Old Faithful, although some felt it wasn't as impressive as other Yellowstone geysers. Many, however, said this geyser is worth checking out. Despite it's fairly predictable schedule, Old Faithful's eruptions occasionally occur sooner than expected, so consider arriving early.

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