January 8, 2022
Did you know that there’s a Wolf Sanctuary of PA? There is! It’s not far from the Historic Smithton Inn, actually. So, if in addition to looking for a wolf sanctuary pa you’re also looking for a wolf sanctuary pa bed and breakfast – we’re the place for a howling good time.
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, this wolf sanctuary of Lancaster sits quietly on more than 80-acres of untouched woodland.
Here, deep in the woods of Lancaster PA, you’ll find the Wolves of Speedwell. Their nickname comes from fact that the sanctuary is located on Speedwell Forge Road in Lititz PA.
The Darlington family have been loving caretakers of the wolfs for more than 40-years. They have gray wolves and wolf-dogs. The original vision for the wolf sanctuary was a private rescue for wolves but over time, the Wolf Sanctuary of PA became an educational facility in its own right. The Darlington family continues to offer quality care and dignified lives to the wolves that find their ways to this wolf sanctuary.
The wolf sanctuary in Pennsylvania requires all visitors make a reservation prior to their visit. You’ll find new tour dates and times posted at the start of each month on their website. Overall, there are four different types of wolf tours: guided public wolf tours, full moon fundraisers, private wolf tours, and wolf photography sessions but please note that the wolf photo shoots are for professional photographers and require approval.
Below are more details on the wolf tours but please double-check the Wolf Sanctuary of PA website for all dates, times, and cost as we imagine these are subject to change. You’ll also need to visit the wolf sanctuary website to purchase tickets before your visit.
These wolf tours cost $13-$15 and run most Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round. Saturdays and Sundays have varying hours based on the season. This is a 1 to 1.5 hour tour where a guide walks you around the wolf sanctuary and stops to introduce you to each pack of wolves, provides interesting facts about wolf biology, and tells you more about wolf conservation.
This wolf tour or event features a bonfire (weather permitting), live entertainment and guided tours. The guides also provide information on the wolves, as well as interesting facts about wolf biology, and wolf conservation. Bring your own blanket, flashlight, chair, and a sense of adventure. The full moon fundraiser spans 2.5-hours. No children are allowed at this event. Only adults 16 and older with proof of age may attend. The cost is $35 per person. Check in is usually around 7 pm and the event ends at 10 pm.
This is a private tour of the PA Wolf Sanctuary. It offers an opportunity for you and your group to walk through the sanctuary at your own pace with a guide. While designed for small groups, larger groups can arrange private tours with some advance notice. The private wolf tour lasts 2-hours. Bookings are available most Saturdays and Sundays at a cost of $45/person.
This is more of a session than a tour. The session allows professional photographers to have more time photographing the wolves using longer lenses and other professional equipment. The access to the wolves remains the same as it is during the other tours. While a guide will accompany you and offer their knowledge on the wolves, suggest the best viewpoints, and more, the session is not informational. You can use tripods and long lenses, but no video, props, models, and staging allowed. To partake in a professional wolf photo session, you’ll have to submit a request on the sanctuary website. These sessions last a minimum of 30-minutes (and up to 2-hours) and the timing varies by season. They mostly take place Mondays through Thursdays for $50/person.
The Historic Smithton Inn is just a few miles from the PA Wolf Sanctuary making it a wonderful place to stay! Our charming Lancaster PA Bed and Breakfast offers 7 guest rooms including some wonderful King Suites for anyone who likes a little extra space & a luxurious Jacuzzi Tub in your room. After a relaxing nights rest, you’ll wake up to a scrumptious homemade breakfast that might just be the highlight of your getaway!
We hope this helps you on your way to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. Let us know your favorite part of the trip!
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