Fall in the Adirondacks means leaf peeping, crisp days, cider donuts, and endless outdoor adventure in a beautiful mountain paradise of dazzling lakes and undisturbed wilderness. One of the best, and easiest, ways to take in all this fun is by spending a day at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. This family-friendly 115-acre campus of trails and immersive exhibits is a great way to learn about the Adirondacks while doing such things as watching river otters somersault in the water or by wandering through the Wild Walk where you can hang out in a dead tree. This world-class natural history museum is great for all ages and remains a testament to the unique culture and landscape of the Adirondacks.
Here are some special events to look forward to this fall at The Wild Center:
Leaf peeping on the Wild Walk
Unarguably one of the most fun ways to leaf peep the Adirondacks is on this trail of swinging bridges with a tree house and a life-sized eagle’s nest. This easy access trail will take you along the tree tops, providing stellar views of Whiteface Mountain and Mount Morris.
This wellness practice of strolling through the woods and immersing yourself in nature’s abundance is a universal phenomenon for a reason. The Wild Center is hosting a fall forest bathing session that is open to all ages. Certified Forest Therapy Guide Suzanne Weirich will lead the relaxing journey. All participants are invited to create their own pace as they “slow down, unplug, and immerse [their] senses in nature.”
Bus trip to the Akwesasne Powwow
Join the bus to Cornwall Island in the Canadian portion of the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne for the annual Akwesasne International Powwow. This family fun event is filled with native dance, drumming, food, and crafts. Audience members are invited to join in dances. It’s a spectacular show of awe-inspiring talent and color. This trip is part of The Wild Center’s “Ways of Knowing,” which celebrates and honors the indigenous culture that has shaped the Adirondacks.
Fall landscape and waterfalls photo tour with Carl Heilman
With forty years of experience, Heilman will guide you throughout the surrounding wilderness of The Wild Center. You’ll experience waterfalls, lakes, and wildlife while receiving tips on snapping those peak fall foliage photos that look stunning and unreal. Register soon because the tour is limited to 8 participants.
Sensory friendly day
This special day is for families and visitors who prefer a “quiet, less stimulating environment” in the museum. There will be less crowds, less noise, and designated quiet spaces. Additional tactile sensory activity for visitors will be available. Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required.
Check The Wild Center website for full details on registration for fall events. After a day at The Wild Center, relax with a delicious meal at one of Tupper Lake's unique dining options.
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