The Wild Center

The Wild Center, Tupper Lake: Hours, Address, The Wild Center Reviews: 4.5/5

The Wild Center
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Wild Center's outdoor-only experience is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. 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 The Wild Center "Glorious" in its review, and The New York Times called it "stunning". The Center has live animals, a wide screen theater, canoes, its own river, guides walks, tons of cutting-edge green building systems, and the only treetop walk in the Adirondacks.
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Kathleen L
114 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Start to finish our trip to the wild center was great. My husband and I brought my
19 month old daughter. You can buy your tickets online and then get checked in from your car at the entrance. The staff was friendly and informative. We started off on the wild walk which was a largely accessible boardwalk style
Walk into the tree tops. I felt totally safe letting my daughter run free and had a blast with all of the different features as well as just running around some of the design elements. The spider web was her favorite part!

We took the steps down and took the trail to the river overlook which was a hike but doable with her in the stroller. The path is clearly laid out, including when you are leaving a museum path. The view was super calm and secluded. We wondered back up and headed inside. My daughter doesn’t love darkened exhibit spaces so we moved fairly quickly through the indoor space.

Throughout the center was very covid conscious - lots of hand sanitizing stations, one way direction indoors, bagged lunches, clear signage and asking parties to use the outdoor activities like the spider web one at a time. You can tell the center is run by individuals who make very socially conscious decisions. The restrooms were super clean despite being compostable outhouses and there was a cool hand washing station outside the snack stand. Plenty of EV charging stations and no paper tickets, too. I have celiac and generally I can’t eat at museums and the like- but their bagged lunch included 2 gluten free sandwich options! We got 4 bagged lunches complete with fruit, beverage and chips for $42 and ate on the patio overlooking the water and sculpture.

All in all it was a great day and I wish that more places like this existed. Definite must do if you’re vacationing within driving distance!
Written July 10, 2021
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New York374 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
The weather wasn’t stable when we were there. We had showers on and off and therefore didn’t want to go hiking. We booked the ticket for the 10-12 time slot and got there around 11:45 when the sky was just opened up a little bit. We did everything except the Pines Play. The social distancing rules were in place. So when we were on the wild walk, only a party was allowed to stay in the tree house, spider web or the nest. We felt pretty safe and had a great time taking pictures because there were only a few parties there. But I could imagine on normal weekends with good weather, it might take some time to wait for your turn, esp at the spider web. It would be great for young kids and it’s always good to support organizations like this.
Written October 10, 2020
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Jeffrey L
Morrisville, VT227 contributions
Oct 2021
My family and I visited here on an absolutely horrible rainy day with a heavy wind blowing and we had a good time. The main museum is a very good experience with a lot of Adirondack displays, some live fish and reptile tanks, a good museum shop and some very good descriptive displays. The grounds are well laid out with good easy hiking trails and some very good stick houses which are fun. The Wild Walk is very well done. The elevated walkways lead to some very cool pods - the Eagle's Nest (actual size you can get into), the Spider Web (a huge trampoline-like web to crawl on and a 2 story hollow tree to crawl through. Plan to spend 2-3 hours here, it is fun.
Written October 20, 2021
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Ashley D
10 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This museum is extremely underwhelming, especially for the price. I don't recommend it, especially for the $46 we spent for admission. The Wild Walk was nothing spectacular, nor was anything else inside, which was a very small portion. The animal viewing area was behind a gate with the animals additionally inside pens that didn't make it easy for any visuals on the animals themselves. We didn't see any otters at all, which is the main reason why we came. The flies are HORRIBLE, and they are biting flies, so I suggest use of bug spray. I have seen more fish, better identified and more diverse at a Bass Pro Shop. You have to check in at a ticket gate before you enter the parking lot, and they advise you on a "code of conduct" and etiquette, which fair enough includes some covid precautions, but also says if there's a conflict find a staff member. Also, if you have mobility challenges, even the walk over from accessible spots, is going to be difficult, as the path is not level. We visited the Adk Experience further up the road yesterday, and that was fantastic, so we came here expecting a more in depth exploration of the animals etc that live here in the Adirondacks, and lots of fish, some turtles, but that's about all we saw sadly. If you were expecting to see what they advertised, you will probably be disappointed.
Written May 29, 2022
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Paul T
10 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
If you have kids, this might be worth your time. Not so much for adults. The wild walk was quite boring.
We ordered a brown bag lunch and the bread was very dry. I took our sandwiches back hoping to get fresher bread but was told all their bread is dry because it is frozen!.
We didn’t partake in the canoe boat excursion on the Raquette River because I put in the wrong date on my e-ticket. Probably would have enjoyed this.
BTW: The Wild Center will not let customers purchase the canoe excursion as a stand-alone activity. You must purchase the wild walk also.
This place is a tourist trap and a money grab. Only visit if you have kids.
Written October 10, 2021
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Connie B
Morgantown, WV7 contributions
Aug 2021
My husband and I went expecting a pleasant afternoon visit, but nothing as wonderful as this place turned out to be. The indoor museum was beautifully designed, we found out all kinds of interesting things about the rescued animals (and thoroughly enjoyed the half-hour program featuring Stickly the porcupine), felt moved to tears by the haunting beauty of the Forest Music, got a huge kick out of the beautifully designed and crafted cat walk (also learned alot from the info offered), loved the Sticks nature art, and found the walk down to the Raquette River well worth the time and energy. All together a great experience that we highly recommend.
Written September 13, 2021
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New York City, NY66 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
You can visit the entire open attractions in a two hour time period. Due to Covid the inside museum is closed. The restrooms are available. Masks required throughout the outdoor attractions. The tree top walk is not as high up as I thought it would be from the ads in Adirondack publications and the website. You are about two to three stories up. The walkway is beautifully maintained and engineered. The cables and supports are all very, very solid and stable. It’s worth a visit just to admire the construction. The River Walk is a nice wide trail that goes down to the river. It’s an easy walk down that some may consider steep. I don’t think I would bother with the River Walk trail again if I visit again. It’s nice to do to kill some time since you pay admission but it’s not special. The highlight of the visit is the tree top walk. It can be done within a half-hour. It is accessible and there were three visitors on the day we visited that were in wheelchairs. It’s a nice place. It may keep the kids a little occupied between the spiders web, play area and visit to the otters, but it won’t tire them out or keep them occupied for too many hours. Find out when the otters get fed so that you can actually see the otters and enjoy them getting fed. It was a long drive from Lake Placid for a two hour visit. Not sure I would visit again. Maybe when the museum is open again and there are more activities available. Could be a good “between hiking days” way to get some low impact movement.
Written September 5, 2020
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Matthew M
Farmington, NY238 contributions
Aug 2020
Great Covid activity. You can tell they take health and social distancing seriously (mask at all times even outside), which makes you feel more comfortable enjoying it. I visited with a 4- and 10-year old. We probably spent 2 hours or so there- I'm not sure you could do much more. The wooden walk area above the trees was pretty cool but maybe not quite as cool as I would have thought. My kids' favorite area was the area set up with like logs and branches that you can build like impromptu forts or whatnot with. It's unique, which I really like and I really liked the safety feel while there.
Written August 5, 2020
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Gorham, NY67 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
The Wild Center was my #1 reason to visit the Adirondacks with my 9 year old son. I’m so glad we visited. The animals were neat and the treetop walk was even neater. We were there late in the day on a Friday and it was not busy at all. The views from the treetop walk were amazing. The staff was friendly and helpful. The building was only open for restrooms. If you are near Tupper lake I highly recommend visiting.
Written October 20, 2020
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Linda P
Penfield, NY18 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Although a number of indoor attractions were closed (due to Covid restrictions) this place has many trails and outdoor programs. There are structures of bridges and walkways above the grounds that are a big hit for kids. Of note the day we visited was a populace of woodpeckers and nuthatches and chickadees visiting the feeders, not to mention some very vocal red squirrels.
Written October 10, 2020
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