If you’re planning a fall trip to the Adirondacks region of New York State, two new attractions should be on your itinerary. Of course, it depends on where you’re actually going to be in this vast region, since the Adirondacks covers more than six-million acres. With some strategic planning, we were able to fit both of these in on a recent visit.
Wild Walk at the Wild Center
The Wild Center, a nature museum in Tupper Lake, New York, opened a new attraction this summer called the Wild Walk. This outdoor network of elevated boardwalks, bridges, and platforms connects a 40-foot tall tree trunk with a bear’s den exhibit and several amazingly creative stations. You can stand in a life-size Bald Eagle’s nest as you peer over at nearby mountain ranges, or bounce across the giant spider’s web made of bungee cord that’s suspended 25 feet above the ground. My daughter especially loved the bird-watching lookout points.
After you’ve tried the Wild Walk and explored the butterfly gardens and outdoor trails on the property, head inside to the interactive exhibits and animal habitats, such as the Otter Falls and Trout Stream. In the Planet Adirondack theater, my daughter was mesmerized by the floating globe, and spent a lot of time in the Moments Studio working on a water color creation.
Seasonal Corn Maze at Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Ticonderoga is an 18th-century military installation overlooking Lake Champlain that was once controlled by both French and British forces. Today, you can tour the restored fortification, museum exhibitions, Carillon Battlefield, and King’s Garden. What makes it especially fun for kids are the costumed interpreters, who demonstrate historic trades, display and shoot old artillery, and perform fife and drum corps marches. There’s a Family Guided Tour twice daily that provides an overview, gives families a chance to work together to complete tasks as they explore, and rewards kids for helping the soldiers with their daily duties.
The Heroic Corn Maze is an additional seasonal attraction that you can enjoy through late October at no additional fee. The 6-acre corn maze, located near the King’s Garden, runs a total of two winding miles and is designed in the shape of Fort Ticonderoga. There are eight stations to visit and two phases, with the average journey taking about 20 minutes for the first phase, and up to an hour for the second phase.
— Traci L. Suppa
Traci L. Suppa drags her small-town family to see a quirky array of the world’s largest, longest, or tallest things, and blogs about it at Go BIG or Go Home.