The Wild Center
The Wild Center
4.5
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • janice r
    Henrietta, New York393 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and interesting
    We have visited before, and thoroughly enjoyed the inside Museum and interactive displays. This visit was mainly for the wild walk. I enjoyed the wild walk but a little disappointed it was much smaller and length than I had expected from videos and website description. I would highly recommend this to anyone in the area to visit. The other trails are very well kept and nice.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Vickie D
    Huntingdon, Canada67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome museum for kids and adults!
    Great museum for kids and adultes. Me and my friend went to visit in october and it was awesome. You pay around 20$ to get in, lots of parking and the staff is very kind and helpful. The museum is pretty interactive. Lots of things you can touch and smell. The magic forest was a nice peaceful walk. The wild walk is great. Totally would recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 9, 2023
  • KatJen76
    Buffalo, New York36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent exhibits, lovely lights. A gem in the Adirondacks
    This is a must-visit, truly the iconic thing to do in Tupper Lake. We went to do the lights. Both the Forest Walk and the musical forest were very cool. The real surprise to me was the visitor center. WOW are those exhibits impressive. They use a lot of humor and engage all of your senses to help you understand the ecology of the area. I especially enjoyed trying to make our own glacial striations in the rock; touching the pre-dinosaur rock; watching the otters; and seeing the bugs eating the skulls.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
  • Tammie P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winter visit
    The light show was beautiful and our 7-year old granddaughter had a blast on the nature walk and really enjoyed the giant spider web. We came back the next day and enjoyed the museum. The displays are amazing and very well done and maintained.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 31, 2023
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Paul T
16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ashley D
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Matthew M
Farmington, NY300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jeffrey L
Morrisville, VT230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Connie B
United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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goldenlover2006
Gorham, NY75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Karen B
Houston, TX23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We are a family that really enjoys experiential museums. My husband and I and our 20 yr old daughter were staying in Lake Placid for a long weekend and were looking for an activity that was not too physically demanding. As we had a plan to hike up Cascade Mountain the next day.

The Wild Center was just the thing for us. While the Wild Walk is certainly meant for younger kids to appreciate, there was plenty for us to enjoy also. We were sad we didn’t have enough time to really appreciate the terrific museum and its exhibits. We spent about 45 minutes and saw maybe half of the displays and collection.

There were some gaps in the Wild Walk, maybe pandemic related, maybe because we arrived in the mid afternoon.
Written August 17, 2022
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FarAway195750
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
More for kids or people that have never been in the woods.
The advertising is great however misleading,alot of the signs were unreadable and sun damaged. The otters were in their cave that's unlit on the far side of dirty glass, instead of being against one way glass so people can see them,thus we couldn't see them the real reason we went. The trails were just trails,the sky walk is cool but not much else,the trees need trimming blocking the view of the mountains. Very over priced the other animals were in cages 20 feet from a fence so not really a good view at all. Two crows and a porcupine that's about it. Yawn,the other exibit was a shame on you for being a human and living, your destroying the earth. Very underwhelming
Written September 1, 2023
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Vickie D
Huntingdon, Canada67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Great museum for kids and adultes. Me and my friend went to visit in october and it was awesome. You pay around 20$ to get in, lots of parking and the staff is very kind and helpful. The museum is pretty interactive. Lots of things you can touch and smell. The magic forest was a nice peaceful walk. The wild walk is great. Totally would recommend.
Written October 9, 2023
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Linda P
Penfield, NY20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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