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“A Day at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake”

Paul Smith's College VIC
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The 3,000-acre Paul Smith's College VIC features 6 miles of interpretive trails and 8 miles of back country trails that showcase the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and provide unparalleled opportunities to view, hear, photograph, and enjoy nature. Free admission. The VIC also offers a wide variety of arts, sports, and educational programs throughout the year, including bird walks and nature walks, trail runs, children's educational programs, art exhibits, concerts, lectures, workshops, and naturalist-led paddles. A native-species Butterfly House is open during the summer months. During the winter months, the trails are groomed and open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and skate skiing for a fee.
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Day at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I recently traveled with a group of international friends to "The Wild Center" at Tupper Lake. The Naturalist programs were informative, and the museum itself was an incredible portrayal of the magnificence of the Adirondacks. We really enjoyed the theatre showing of "Wild Adirondacks" and the brilliant photography of Carl Heilman. We attended the local farmer's market and enjoyed a free treat of chocolate chip cookies and milk in recognition of "Member's day." All in all it was a wonderful experience in an incredibly beautiful setting. Two thumbs up for the Wild Center!!!!

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“runners...”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

I run and the roads in Paul Smith are not great. VIC offered some great "trail runs" I started out on the Loggers Loop but I missed the rainy weather warning :( MUCH better to "run" the shorter loops. People on the paths seems OK with my running past them, not at all irritated - the staff inside the building was very nice and helpful.

DO PICK UP A TRAIL MAP inside the VIC

Visited August 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Knowledgable staff and great interpretive trails”
Reviewed 23 May 2013

Great trails -- both in winter for x-country skiing and the rest of the year for hiking. Knowledgable naturalists and interesting interpretive displays.

Visited February 2013
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Johnstown, New York
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Place to Learn Local Culture”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

The Interpretive Center is a gem in the Adirondack Region. For folks who think they already know enough about the area, you will find the emphasis on environmental history and culture to be a delight.

The Center includes many displays and exhibits on local topics. But the very best part is the walking path that takes visitors on routes through many acres of beautiful grounds, streams, bridges, and peeks at local flora and fauna. We enjoyed the variety of birds and other small animals in their natural habitats.

Spend a whole day or just a few hours at the Center, a place of peace and wonder.

Visited July 2012
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Westchester, NY
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71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good snow and trails”
Reviewed 11 February 2013

Paul Smith's VIC isn't really in Saranac Lake; it's in a small town to the northwest. The area seems to get more snow than the surrounding towns. We were in Lake Placid and the snow was better just driving 25 minutes northwest to the VIC. Staff is friendly; trails are good but the map is misleading in some spots. We've been there twice, and got lost both times.

Visited February 2013
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