Plan a Visit

The Wild Center is open seven days a week. Whenever you choose to come, there are swimming otters, terrific engaging exhibits and plenty to explore outside and inside.

The award-winning Center houses live exhibits and multi-media shows. This summer, experience Wild Walk, a brand new feature where you can get a truly elevating perspective on the living wild forest. We also feature Planet Adirondack, an exhibit with a giant floating Earth where you can see the planet come alive.

You can explore the 81-acre campus on marked trails. There are theaters with high definition films, plenty of hands-on activities and hundreds of live animals from rare native trout, to porcupines, hawks, and many other often hard-to-see residents of the woods and waters.

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The Daily Schedule

Each day, join The Wild Center staff for live animal programs, Otter Enrichment, outdoor activities, and films in the Flammer Theatre. We also have special programs and events each week, including:

  • Behind the Scenes Tours: Thursdays at 3:00. Space is limited; please register at the admissions desk when you arrive. Free for members; non-members $10/adults, $7/children

Campus Map

You can click here to open a new page with the map of our indoor and outdoor experience. Suitable for printing, or downloading to your tablet.

Open the 2-Page Campus Map Here

With Children

The Center is well-known as a great destination for families with children. Connecting children with nature is central to our mission. 

What to plan for with kids

Accessibility

The Wild Center strives to provide everyone with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the Adirondacks. We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our visitors, some of which are listed here:

  • Manual wheelchairs available for loan free of charge
  • Power scooter available – please call to reserve
  • Wagons/Strollers for children for loan free of charge
  • Universal design of main building and exhibit hall
  • Accessible loop trail (.2 miles) around Greenleaf Pond
  • Accessible Wild Walk
  • Guided tour for the visually impaired (please call in advance to schedule)
  • Captioned videos in our Find Our Forest Exhibit
  • Captioning available on select theater movies, scripts available for others – please call in advance or request services at admissions
  • Assisted listening devices available for theater presentations and shows

You may also be interested on the John Dillon Park, a fully accessible wilderness facility and just a short drive from the Center. Call or email Tracy Thomas at (518) 359-7800 to consult about your needs.

Read The New York State Accessibility Report

Look at our Events

We have everything from canoeing the Raquette River, seeing the Earth through Planet Adirondack, interacting with live animals, and explorations all across the Adirondacks with naturalist guides. 

Check out our Calendar of Events for more info

With A Class

The Wild Center has hosted tens of thousands of students in organized and self-guided experiences. There is a full education staff ready to help you create and run a special day at the museum.

Plan a school visit

Group Visits

Groups of 10 or more people are able to receive a discount. Please review our group rates to see what will work best for you. We ask that you plan ahead and make a reservation for your group at least two weeks in advance.

 

Already have an idea for a group visit? Start the process now with our online reservation form and our Group Sales Coordinator will contact you to finish the reservation.

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.