Welcome to The Wild Center

The award-winning Center houses live exhibits, trails, our own river and pond, multi-media shows and hands-on experiences. This summer we open 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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Tap into Something Sweetk

Every spring The Wild Center turns into a full-on maple syrup operation. You can get in on the action, warm up in our sugar house, sample fresh syrup, and see how our community turns into a bucket brigade at this time of year.


Number One attraction in the Adirondacks...Again

Thanks to the readers of Adirondack Life 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.

Free Snowshoes

Whenever there's snow on the ground, there are FREE snowshoes in all sizes you can borrow to explore the 31 acres around The Wild Center. Ready to try this new way to get outside in winter? It's as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. Join a Naturalist on a guided walk using snowshoes and you'll see all kinds of signs of wildlife adapted to live in the cold winters of the Adirondacks.  Snowshoes are free with Wild Center admission. 


"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. 

Wild Walk Preview

You can experience Wild Walk starting this summer. A trail across the treetops. Member previews begin in June.

Preview Wild Walk Mini Site

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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.

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


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.

Get a Free Map

Interested in topo maps for the Adirondacks? Or anywhere else in the United States. Now they are all available free from the USGS. Simply click on the link below, search for your town, then click on the red pin. A list of all the maps will appear, and you can scroll down to go from the newest maps to the most historic. 

Download Any USGS Map for Free Here