Explore 81 acres (33 hectares) of New York open space at Tupper Lake's Wild Center, an indoor/outdoor science center running by Adirondack Park. Between five indoor exhibits and miles of open trails, you'll learn everything you need to know about the area's natural surroundings. Head to Big Wolf Great Hall inside the center for one of its daily wildlife shows, where you'll see live animals like ravens, porcupines, owls, and snakes. Outside, you can weave through the treetops and visit a four-story tree-house along the elevated Wild Walk walking path for incredible views of the forest.
For a more immersive experience, sign up for a free, guided hike through the trails or ride a canoe down the Raquette River for an extra fee. You can also man the trails on your own. Hike the Living River Trail to pass a running waterfall and the park's resident otters, and don't forget about the complimentary snowshoes if it's icy out there.
The Wild Center is located at Tupper Lake in upstate New York. It is near the center of Adirondack Park and is best reached by car. It is open daily from the end of May to mid-October, and only Friday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, thereafter. If off-season, it’s best to check the website for openings. Admission costs $20 for adults and $13 for children, and tickets are good for two days.