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 year we feature Moments, an experience all about how we see the fractions of time where nature lives. You can also experience Planet Adirondack, a new show with a giant floating Earth where you can see the planet come alive. 

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Number One attraction in the Adirondacks

Thanks to the readers of Adirondack Life for naming The Wild Center to their Best of the Adirondacks awards. 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.

New for 2014 "Moments" an interactive experiencek

This summer 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. 

Paddle the Raquette Riverk

Want to get out on our river this Autumn? 

The Wild Center canoe trip brings you even closer to the real nature of the Adirondacks. Each trip is led by a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center naturalist, ready to take you on an amazing trip through the Raquette River's Oxbow. You can paddle as a family, with up to 2 adults and 2 children per boat. The cost per boat is $25/members, $30/non-members.

These trips are offered only during the warmer months.  You can pre-register for the canoe trips online. 

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The New Path

The New Path is another outdoor exhibit that lets you see behind the scenes at The Wild Center's Silver LEED Certified green building practices. The trail leads you from the solar and living roof of the BioBuilding to the flushless composting toilets and the grassy parking lot. The Wild Center is the first LEED Certified museum in New York.

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



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.

Seasons on Our River

See Four Seasons on the Oxbow

You can follow our trails down to the Oxbow Overlooks where this time sequence panorama showing the four seasons was filmed.

Guided canoe trips with Wild Center naturalists are also available to explore the Oxbows during the warm months of the year.

Wild Supply Co.

The Wild Center is home to the Wild Supply Co. store, with books, gifts, and a great selection of items you’ll find nowhere else. All profits from the store support the Wild Center mission.

Check It Out

The Pond Loop

The Pond Loop Trail is fully accessible and has bridges that take you over the water. The osprey tower is also on the Pond Loop. 

The Meadow Bird & Oxbow Overlook

The Meadow Bird and Oxbow Overlook trails lead you past The Wild Center's Cairn down to special overlooks on an unusual oxbow on the Raquette River. The Canoe rides are located on this river.