Learn to Love Winter at The Wild Center


Winter at The Wild Center takes on a whole new perspective. The Wild Center transforms into a winter playground once the snow hits! From learning to ice fish, to Winter Wild Walk and tons of snowshoe trails available, The Wild Center is the perfect place to take the kids. With tons of outdoor space, The Wild Center is the perfect place to explore this winter.

The Wild Walk turns into a winter wonderland once the snow hits, blanketing everything in a beautiful white covering. Walk along the snow covered tree tops and take in a different view of the mountains surrounding us. You may have seen the views in the summer or fall, but come winter, they warrant being seen again! On The Wild Walk there are snowball throwing games, dress up trunks with places to take a picture, and tons of opportunities to see winter wildlife, as well as other games and activities.

With your paid admission to The Wild Center, you get the opportunity to try snowshoeing for free. This is a great opportunity to test out the classic outdoor activity, as The Wild Center’s campus is full of beginner and intermediate walking trails that turn into wonderful snowshoe trails in the winter. Snowshoe through the iForest while listening to wonderful music composed just for this attraction. You can snowshoe down to the Oxbow overlook and have views of the Raquette River. Who knows, if you enjoy snowshoeing you may just have to travel back to discover all of the other snowshoe trails in the area!

If you try snowshoeing and find out it isn’t your thing, head over to Green Leaf Pond and learn to ice fish! Free with paid admission, you can learn the techniques used to catch fish throughout the winter, and take a look under the ice at the amazing winter world of fish. This is a guided experience so don’t worry if you have no knowledge on ice fishing.

Get the feel for ice fishing at The Wild Center, then head to a local shop in town to buy some of your own gear. There are tons of lakes and ponds for you to take the family on to continue the ice fishing passion. Local fishing shops have tons of information on best ice fishing locations, what bait to use, etc. Safety Tip: Always check ice conditions with the Tupper Lake Visitor's Center or with a local fishing shop before heading out. Just because there is safe ice in one area does not mean all lakes and ponds are safe.

The Wild Center provides the perfect opportunity to bring your family to Tupper Lake this winter and try a few winter activities.  Try out snowshoeing, ice fishing, and discover the Winter Wild Walk all during your visit. While you're here, check out our family-friendly cross-country ski trails, find a warm place to relax and have a drink and hot meal, and spend the night at one of our locally-owned lodging properties.

Note: The inside exhibits at The Wild Center will remain closed this winter due to Covid-19. Reservations will still be required through the winter. The Wild Center has gone paperless and asks that visitors use cashless payments. Masks are expected to be worn anytime you cannot social distance properly.

The reason you may see media of people not wearing masks on our website is because all footage is from prior years. More than ever we all need to be vigilant about maintaining social distance of 6 feet or more and wearing masks when we cannot social distance.