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The Wild Center

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Wild Center at Tupper Lake Admission
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“spider web”(61 reviews)
“all ages”(87 reviews)
“indoor exhibits”(30 reviews)
The Wild Center is an 115-acre hands-on place to get all kinds of new perspectives on the wild world of the Adirondacks. It will include Wild Walk, a brand new trail across the treetops starting in the summer of 2015. The Wall Street Journal called...more
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45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986-9712
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All reviews spider web all ages indoor exhibits live animals great nature adirondack mountains natural history river otters giant spider hands on activities nature walk eagles nest otter exhibit kids and adults nice gift shop canoe trip any age
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are meandering around the lakes any time of year, and want to take a day off from skiing, or a day to learn about the environment you're enjoying, Wild Center is not to be missed. I used to work at the Museum of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Soule Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids of all ages ,including grownups will love this outing.Animals ,nature and so many interesting things to see

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janet L
Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

We have visited the Wild Center as part of a family vacation to Lake Placid that we take each winter. Having visited museums across Europe, we have to share how high quality this museum is in terms of the building, displays and interactive visitor experiences....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank MMCFUN
Reviewed December 31, 2018

I've been wanting to visit for quite some time, and finally made it this fall. I was not disappointed. The Wild Walk was great. Views in the fall are gorgeous. Love the iMovies in the theater, the otter, and the animal talks.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ExploringMyBackyard
Reviewed November 29, 2018

You could spend your whole day here. There is certainly a lot more to see and do when the weather is clear, so make sure you plan accordingly! Entry price is fair, but could be a bit more reasonable for larger families.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TravelinMan4Life
Reviewed November 27, 2018

I have been a member for several years and continue to have new opportunities to learn and have fun with my family. The staff are young but well prepared so the kids are always excited to see what’s new. We usually top it off with...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gincu47
Reviewed November 20, 2018

This may be a nice place to take children but it wasn't as high or what was expected. There are some paths that led to a pond and those were quiet and nice nature trails. The walk itself was disappointing. It might have been my...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank slchiker40
Reviewed November 7, 2018

My sister and I went here and we took her kids, age 11 and 9. They loved all the interactive exhibits, the otters and the opossum. We took the nature hike and learned a lot. The kids LOVED the spider web and us adults loved...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank M1357AFdeborahm
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I have not been impressed with the Wild Center. Other Tupper Locals pride themselves with never have even been there. It is simply put, a political display and the events there are very left leaning.More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank David J
Nick G, Marketing Manager at The Wild Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

Hi David- First, thank you for taking the time to share some thoughts on The Wild Center. I'm disappointed to read you believe The Wild Center is not an important part of the Tupper Lake and North Country community. A study completed in 2012 showed...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

The treetop walk was a highlight- the inside exhibits were interesting. Something to see for everyone.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Debbie W
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Allison H
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Nick G | Property representative |
Hi Allison. Thanks for reaching out. The vast majority of The Wild Center campus is flat, accessible and has no stairs.
Cathy S
August 18, 2017|
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Response from Daniel M | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a weekday - not crowded at all. I have no idea about a Saturday. The one place that was crowded was the cafeteria. If you plan to eat there, be sure to allow time. And, be sure to check the times of the... More
June 15, 2017|
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Response from Stanzi B | Property representative |
Hello lonlawyer, As a representative of The Wild Center, I appreciate you taking the time to voice your opinion regarding the experience we offer to visitors of a variety of ages. However, I am sorry to hear that you find... More
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Binghamton to Tupper Lake (2 Replies)
We live just west of Binghamton and are traveling to Lake Clear the end of August and will stop at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake on the way. We have been to Lake Clear before and last time we took Rt 88 to Rt 30 throught Speeculator. Looking at our map program, rt 81 to Watertown and taking rt 3 over to Tuppper Lake is shorter. Is there much to see along route 30 pas Cranberry Lake? I'm trying to choose, although I guess I we could go up one way and home the other. Just would like to know...More
August 10, 2008|
Response fromCarmen57|
I would rather drive through the Adirondacks than Watertown - and I suspect the route through Old Forge offers more stops for the kids than the route through Speculator. I drive the thruway through Rome up Rt 365 to Rt 8 all the time - it is shorter than exiting at Utica. But there is really nothing to stop at the whole way between the blue line and Speculator - unless you want to stop in and see my parents - and even in Speculator, well, haha, there's not much. LOL. Long Lake has a...More
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Suggestions on my itinerery please? (driving times, sights) (1 Reply)
Day 1 - Lake Placid NY Day 2- Burlington Vt Day 3- Woodstock Vt Day 4- Saranac Lake, NY Any suggestions for scenic routes and/or interesting places along the way from Lake Placid to Burlington, to Woodstock, and back to Saranac Lake? We were thinking about taking Rte 100 south between Burlington and Woodstock - Any idea how long this would take and is the fall foliage/scenery worth the extra drive (on Columbus Weekend) I especially need help choosing a route from Woodstock back to...More
September 27, 2007|
Response fromstowe_concierge|
Stop in Stowe along the way (exit 10 on 89 South towards Woodstock) 10 miles north on rt 100 off that exit to the Village. PERFECT, I promise you that :-) Foliage should be peaking most of the way by the time you get here this weekend. Once you're down Woodstock way, the best way to get there is to cruise Route 4 west through Rutland to Lake George or Fort Ann (your preference) then pick up 87 North to Exit 30 and pick up route 9 to route 73, etc.