45 Museum Dr., Tupper Lake, New York
This stunning state-of-the-art museum is devoted to helping people discover the science that shapes and sustains the unique natural world of the Adirondacks.
True to its name, The Wild Center lives and breathes with the sights, sounds, textures, and smells of this great expanse of wilderness. Re-created natural environments immerse visitors in an Adirondack marsh, give them a fish-eye view of a trout-filled river, and carry them to the summit of an alpine peak. On display are over 70 species of live animals, including back-flipping river otters, owls, walnut-size baby spotted turtles, and northern pike. Hands-on exhibits, high-tech multimedia displays, and a widescreen theater give visitors a naturalist’s understanding of this fascinating world.
The Wild Center’s collection rambles across 31 acres. In addition to the indoor exhibits, visitors can take a self-guiding or naturalist-led walk or snowshoe along several trails to view outdoor exhibits, a rare river oxbow marsh, a pond, open fields, and woodlands.
Open daily late May–late Oct.; Fri. and Sat. early Nov.–late May; Closed major holidays. Admission charged.