The Wild Center - USA Today Readers' Choice 2024Celebrates with community free day

Tupper Lake, NY – After four weeks of voting, The Wild Center is proud to announce its victory as this year's "Best Science Museum" in USA TODAY's 2024 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. To celebrate the recognition, The Wild Center is holding a Community Free Day on Sat., Mar. 9 and inviting area residents to join.

Handpicked by a panel of esteemed travel experts and voted on by readers, the list of top 10 recipients showcased the finest museums across the nation. The Wild Center stood out among its peers, surpassing competition like The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and Exploratorium in San Francisco.

"Winning this award is a testament to our community. It's not just about being named the best, it's about showing the world what the Adirondacks are made of," remarked Nick Gunn, Marketing Director at The Wild Center. "We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported us."

In 2023, The Wild Center secured an impressive second-place finish, trailing closely behind another esteemed institution, COSI (Center of Science and Society) in Columbus, Ohio, who claimed the title for its fourth year in a row. This year, however, The Wild Center has risen to the top, cementing its status as a leader in science education and public engagement.

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About The Wild Center

The Wild Center invites visitors to explore new ways that people and nature can thrive together. Located in Tupper Lake, NY, the Center uses science-based experiences, exhibits and programs to open new ways to look into the relationship that people have with nature. A 54,000-square-foot facility, The Wild Center features outdoor space, live animals, its popular Wild Walk - an elevated trail across the Adirondack treetops, and its newly opened “Climate Solutions” exhibition.


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