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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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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 special programs so you can attend as many of them as interest you. We missed one because we hadn't checked as soon as we arrived. You can probably get a sense of how crowded it is by the cars in the parking lots. The closer lot was full when we arrived and the other about 1/3 full, which meant we never felt crowded (except in finding a table at lunch). ENJOY!
Response from Stanzi B | Property representative |
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
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 your repeated experiences visiting the museum "awful," a word which we never like to hear.
Our mission at The Wild Center is to ignite and enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world. "People" is very much broadly defined within our mission and does not discriminate against age, religion, mobility, race, or any other characteristics of personal identity. Because of this, we do offer an experience that is widely appealing to many, including those both young or old, but we do our best to offer special events, workshops, and member benefits that are geared more toward adults, including photography workshops with renowned Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman, educational lectures with the Adirondack Public Observatory and other renowned members of academia including Dr. Christine Grosinger of Penn State University and Dr. Peter Raven of the Missouri Botanical Garden this summer, exclusive members-only experiences and receptions across various locations on our campus, and a variety of other special events. Our newest experience, iForest, is the creation of a renowned British composer named Pete Wyer and is essentially an immersive sound art installation composed in 3D sound.
We recognize that we are not for everyone and if you have any pieces of constructive criticism or suggestions and ideas for how we could better reach and engage with our adult audience, we would love to hear all of them. Should you be interested in helping us to improve in an area that you feel we are lacking, do not hesitate to contact myself, or reach out to us on our website. TripAdvisor does not permit users to provide emails in comments like this one. Again and on behalf of The Wild Center, I thank you for your comments.
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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|
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
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|
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.