Charming and full of character, Ely is a family-focused, volunteer-oriented and pedestrian-friendly community offering hometown amenities, a variety of recreational activities from youth camps to marathons; lush parks with playgrounds, lakes, and picnic pavilions, an historic downtown featuring upscale restaurants, cafes, specialty shops, a seasonal farmer’s market and outdoor concerts; dynamic museums, welcoming churches and housing suited to fit any budget from loft apartments to custom-built estate homes.