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Nestled within the Adirondacks about 21 miles southwest of Saranac Lake, The Wild Center features 81 acres of forest and plenty of wildlife. In fact, all of the site's exhibits – including movies, hands-on activities and a butterfly garden – focus on the surrounding landscape. But the standout at this family-friendly attraction is the animal encounters, which give kids and adults an up-close look at owls, otters, porcupines, skunks and various reptiles and amphibians.
In addition to the museum's animal encounters, previous travelers highly recommend the property's tree-level nature path, Wild Walk. This outdoor experience features a four-story tree house, swinging bridges and lounging spaces designed to mimic a spider web and a bald eagle's nest. However, this fun exhibit is only open from late May to mid-October, so plan your visit accordingly.
The Wild Center's hours vary depending on the season, but from late May to mid-October, the property is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. Between Columbus Day and Memorial Day weekend, the museum reduces its hours to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the Wild Center is closed the entire month of April to complete new exhibit installations.
A ticket to The Wild Center – which is valid for two days and ranges from $10 to $20 depending on the season and ticket holder's age – includes access to all of the museum's exhibits, a play area and several walking trails. A gift shop, cafe and free parking are also available on the property grounds.