Welcome to The Wild Center

The award-winning Center, set in the middle of the Adirondacks, houses live exhibits, trails, our own river and pond, multi-media shows and hands-on experiences. July 4th we opened Wild Walk, the only elevated trail across the treetops in New York. Admission to the Center, including Wild Walk, is free for members. 

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Explore Wild Walk Before You Arrive

You can experience Wild Walk now. A trail across the treetops. Opened to the world, starting July 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Preview Wild Walk Mini Site

New Perspectives Photo Contest

A contest to showcase new points of view into nature. Under water, along the treetops, inside a flower. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges who will look for creative perspective, quality of light and an image that surprises in the way it presents something from a different point of view, helping us all see deeper into the natural world. Upload your image below, visit our Facebook page or use #WildWalkNewPerspective on Twitter & Instagram to enter.

Winner will get a great camera for shooting this kind of image. It's made for tough use, including underwater. Now in rain, swimming, or on a rock climb you can bring this tough-skinned digital camera along to capture new perspectives. 

Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.


Number One attraction in the Adirondacks...Again

Adirondack Life readers come from all over the world, and we want to thank them for naming The Wild Center to their Best of the Adirondacks awards in 2014 and 2015. Here's the magazine's take on the Center.

"Some voters wrote in variations of “the whole Adirondack Park” or “the woods and waters” in this category. Point taken. But before or after you explore these six million acres, a visit to this world-class natural history museum is a must for all ages. State-of-the-art ex­hibits, animal encounters and interpretive trails teach about the Adirondack environment in a compelling way."

Here's the rest of the top prize winners.

Summer Camps and Youth Programs

The summer may be winding down but the excitement here is only beginning. With another month of the summer season to go, there is still time to bring your summer camps and youth programs to the museum. For special rates this season contact our Group Sales Coordinator at pmurphy@wildcenter.org or call (518) 359-7800 x 116. Office Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9-4pm. 

For more information about visits for Summer Camps check out our programming guide.

Shop The Wild Supply Co.

Our store is worth its own visit, with quality gear, beautiful decorative items for the home and garden, and exclusive Wild Center merchandise. Many of the items are also available at The Wild Supply Co. online. All profits from all sales support The Wild Center mission.  

Buy your favorite Wild things online!

Fall Foliage Guidek

Coming to and from The Wild Center, you can try out these area fall foliage bright spots. Our guide includes online maps, and live cams showing fall right now in various locations in the Adirondacks.

We hope to see you at The Wild Center to help you see even more of the amazing nature of the Adirondacks during your fall visit. This year, for the first time ever, Wild Walk is open during the fall season. Wild Walk is an elevated trail up over the treetops, where you will see the fall colors from the same point of view normally reserved for birds and the best squirrel scramblers around.  

Have you ever wondered about the science behind leaf changes in the fall? Stop by Wild Walk (open until Columbus Day) for special fall programming in addition to guided walks around The Wild Center property, live animal encounters, and fall inspired watercolor projects offered daily. The  Wild Center campus offers many opportunities along our trail system to view Autumn at its most beautiful times.  

Dogs at The Wild Center

While we all love our pets, dogs, except for service dogs, are not allowed in the Center, on Wild Walk or on our trail system during open hours.  

Paddle on the Raquette Riverk

Enjoy this trip up the river. The Wild Center canoe trip brings you even closer to the real nature of the Adirondacks.

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What the Press Says

"The wonderful Wild Center..." 

— Frommer's Guides

"linger in this glorious place..." 

— The Wall Street Journal

"..paradis pour les environmentalistes.." 

— Le Journal de Montreal


— The New York Times

"...the place to go.." 

— The Boston Globe

"a very interactive place.." 

— Montreal Gazette

"Stunning state-of the-art museum..." 

— Reader's Digest

"Don't miss The Wild Center.." 

— USA Today

"Family Fun Editor's Pick" 

— Family Fun

"...highlight of your visit.."

— BabyCenter.com


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"Moments" an interactive experiencek

This winter you can participate in the new interactive experience, Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art

The Find Out Forest has been transformed into an interactive gallery complete with a central Artist Studio where you can capture your own fleeting moments. 


See Planet Adirondackk

We have an entire hall dedicated to this giant globe experience where you can see the whole planet, and tons of stories that you can only really see from a space-age view.

Panoramas Theater

The Flammer Panoramas Theater features screenings of Ride of the Mergansers, where baby ducklings hatch and take their first plunge, Carl Heilman’s Wild Adirondacks, and the award-winning film A Matter of Degrees narrated by Sigourney Weaver that explores the icy history of the Adirondacks. Join us for regular live presentations and other events in the theater as well.