The Wild Center: Tupper Lake's Unique Adirondack Experience
If you’re looking to gain a true appreciation for the Adirondack Mountains in a unique, interactive way, then The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY is a must-do.
Named the People’s Choice top attraction in the Adirondacks by the readers of Adirondack Life, The Wild Center features interactive exhibits, Adirondack wildlife, and their signature Wild Walk - a trail that takes you above the treetops to get a bird's eye view on the beautiful landscape.
According to their website, “The Wild Center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits and programs are designed to open new ways to look into our relationship with nature.” Their innovative approach to experiencing nature, not just in the Adirondacks but throughout the globe, is apparent throughout every square foot of their property.
The Wild Center is constantly making additions to their 115-acre campus. This past year included a new exhibit called the iForest, an immersive sound nature walk that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.
The Wild Walk and the iForest are just two examples of how The Wild Center is dedicated to providing a modern, unique experience to Adirondack visitors. Between the wildlife exhibits, Planet Adirondack showcase, nature trails, and other activities, there is truly something for everyone.
This is clearly not your typical museum. If you (or your kids) are easily bored in your average museum setting - That’s OK! The Wild Center has non-traditional educational experiences including Canoe and Stand Up Paddleboarding trips. There’s no better way to learn about the Adirondacks than on one of these guided paddling tours along the Racquette River.
If canoes or paddleboards aren’t for you, you can take a guided Naturalist walk with one of their tour guides (or just go out on your own and explore the various trails that meander throughout the property).
For families with small children - You can spend anywhere between an hour to all day running around and playing in the various exhibits. See more information on kid-friendly activities here.
For adults and families with children 10-17, here’s our advice - Plan to get to The Wild Center when it opens at 10 am. You can realistically do all of the indoor exhibits, and experience the Wild Walk and iForest in about an hour to 90 minutes. Grab an early lunch at The Waterside Cafe and then take one of the guided tours on Raquette River (we prefer Stand Up Paddleboarding, even if it’s your first time!).
Make sure to reserve your guided tour beforehand! See here for more info.
If you don’t intend to take one of the guided tours and are just stopping by to view the exhibits, you can also go later in the day when it quiets down a bit. It definitely gets crowded at times, so try to plan to go on a slower day (i.e, not during a holiday weekend).
Make a day out of it - Enjoy Tupper Lake!
The Wild Center is located at 45 Museum Drive in Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake is centrally located within the Adirondack Region and is an underrated town that has a lot to offer.
The folks here at My ADK Life personally recommend stopping by the Racquette River Brewery while you're in town, but a full list of restaurants, hotels, events and other attractions can be found at http://www.tupperlake.com.
If you’ve been to The Wild Center and would like to share your experience with us, or if you have a recommendation for a unique Adirondack experience, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!