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Ticket Prices

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  • Adult (18-64) Online: $23 | At the Door: $24
  • Senior (65+)/Military Online: $21 | At the Door: $22
  • Youth (5-17) Online: $13 | At the Door: $14
  • Age 4 and Under Free
  • Members Free
Map of The Wild Center and surrounding area


45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
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Current Hours (Memorial Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day): Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm


Outside you can walk woodland trails, head to the river to canoe with a guide, explore Wild Walk, or discover the magic of the Pines Play Area, a wild playground in the forest where children can connect to their inner Huck Finn. There are 115 acres to explore.
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Wild Walk

Walk up a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest. Visit a four-story twig tree house, swing on bridges, clamber over a spider’s web or climb to the full-sized bald eagle’s nest at the highest point.
Closeup of "Hopscotch" stickwork by Patrick Dougherty


As children, we use sticks to build forts, play games—where ever our imagination would lead us. Artist Patrick Dougherty has tapped into that nostalgia to create a larger-than-life sculpture that is inspired by childhood and the natural world of the Adirondacks.

Coming June 29, 2024

Raquette River Roll

A new experience where you and your young explorers can engage with nature in an exciting new way. Along a new woodland trail are a series of ball runs – elevated tracks where you can drop special wooden balls and watch gravity do its thing.
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Canoe Trips

This summer, NYS Licensed Guides and Wild Center naturalists take you on an amazing trip through the Raquette River’s Oxbow as you explore different marsh habitats and catch a glimpse of native wildlife.
Child behing Wild Pines tent

The Pines Wild Play Area

The Pines is a chance to play away from a manufactured experience. A tipped up tree, piles of sticks, and log drums all fill a clearing in the woods.

Forest Music

Immerse your senses in an experience that combines nature, technology and art.

Coming Spring 2024

The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil, an installation by artist Brenda Baker highlights the hard work done in our community by people who work in agriculture.


Inside The Wild Center explore 54,000-square-feet of exhibit halls, meet one of our many animals at an animal encounter, join us for a live show, or watch one of many amazing films.
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In the Hall of the Adirondacks, you can spend time with a myriad fish, turtles, and other animal and plant species, and get a deeper understanding and appreciation of the inner workings of nature in this unique region.
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Climate Solutions

A new exhibit that explores the encouraging stories of people from across different backgrounds, generations and sectors who are building a web of climate solutions in their lives and communities.
Speaker presenting to audience inside Planetarium

Planet Adirondack

Watch the Earth come to life in Planet Adirondack, an amazing display that will help you see the world with new eyes.
Group of parents and children observing owl being presented by handler


The Wild Center is home to more than 900 live Adirondack animals – including otters, porcupines, ravens, snakes and fresh-water fish. See them in the indoor Living River Trail or up-close during a live Animal Encounter.
Audience watching documentary in Flammer Theater

Flammer Theater

Every day there are feature films in the Flammer Theater.


Fulfilll the ultimate dream of flying

How do I reserve my visit? Can I purchase tickets when I arrive?

Reserving tickets is not required, but is highly encouraged as it allows visitors to use the expedited check in upon arrival. Tickets can be purchased for specific dates through our online reservation system. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (518) 359-7800.

Can I bring my dog?

Although we love pets, we do not allow dogs on our campus during open hours unless they are service dogs.

How accessible are the trails?

The paved path leading to Wild Walk, Wild Walk itself, and the gravel path around Greenleaf Pond are ADA accessible. The other trails are open for guests, but are not graded for accessibility.

Do you have EV charging stations?

Yes, The Wild Center has two electric vehicle charging stations located near the Wild Walk kiosk. We also have special, conveniently located parking spots for hybrid and electric vehicles.