First, forget everything you know about hiking through nature. Second, imagine a science museum turned upside down. Now you are ready to experience The Wild Centre – an “un-museum” inside and above New York’s Adirondack Park. That’s right – above the park. This science and nature discovery center’s new Wild Walk will take you from ground level exhibits amidst the beautiful Adirondack forest, along boardwalks, bridges and platforms to breathtaking treetop exhibits.
In the heart of upstate New York, this award-winning gem offers an unparalleled view of the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. Everyone in our family was able to experience the awe and wonder of seeing the majestic beauty of the park because the whole length of the boardwalk of the Wild Walk, from the ground level trail to the observation tower, is fully accessible. This is truly an obstacle free and worry free destination. We let the kids (and the kid in grandma!) run wild.
The best aspect of The Wild Centre is that everything is hands-on. Go ahead and touch, explore and ask questions. There are multi-media stations along with live exhibits with lots to see and lots to do. We imagined that we were eagles as we looked out from the oversized nest at the highest point of the Wild Walk and that we were spiders in the human-sized web high off the ground. Later, we learned of the incredible metropolis of micro-activity as we walked through the core of a giant (and I mean GIANT!) dead tree. Check out the video here.
With gas prices so low, this is definitely a perfect summer for a road trip. We combined a camping vacation near Lake Placid with a day at the Wild Center near Tupper Lake. The addition of the new Wild Walk to the Center takes the Adirondack experience to a whole new level. This is an experience that is not to be missed and definitely calls for a return visit in the fall.
Be sure to visit wildcenter.org to plan your visit this year. The site has all the info you need to enjoy The Wild Center, The Wild Walk and the beautiful Tupper Lake region.