The Wild Center
45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake

Looking for a place to view wildlife, walk through a forest, and canoe, all in one stunning spot? Look no further than The Wild Center, the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. Popular and award-winning as an environmentally-friendly destination for learning about the natural world that makes the Adirondacks so beautiful and unique, The Wild Center is a great place to spend an adventurous day in Tupper Lake.

The Wild Center has a 54,000-square-foot indoor space, full of exciting, visually stunning live and interactive exhibits including river otters, multi-media shows and tons of hands-on experiences. Chat with a naturalist while otters swim or a porcupine munches on lunch. Stand nose-to-nose with a northern pike, learn how maple syrup is made, and how generations of indigenous people have lived with and off the land.

Outside, The Wild Center also features trails for walking with or without a certified naturalist, guided canoe trips on the river that runs by the Center’s campus, and a staff ready and willing to show you around, and answer questions about anything having to do with the wonderful, wild world of the Adirondacks. Try a behind the scenes tour or a special workshop, such as learn to ice fish!

The Wild Walk adds another, taller, dimension to a Wild Center day, by taking visitors up a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest. The Wild Walk experience includes a four-story twig tree house and swinging bridges, a spider’s web where people can hang out and bounce around, and chances to just sit and observe the forest below. There’s an over-sized bald eagle’s nest at the highest point where visitors can perch and watch the life of the forest from a whole new point of view.

The Center features a full museum store, cafe with outdoor waterside seating in season, and daily special events.

Current Hours

Beginning Friday, May 27, The Wild Center is open every day from 10am to 5pm.

  • Adult Ticket (18 - 64)$22
  • Senior/Military Ticket (65+)$20
  • Youth Ticket (5 - 17)$13
  • Age 4 and UnderFree
  • MembersFree
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