Point of Interest: Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
Location: 977 Springfield Road, Wilmington, NY, 12997, USA
Hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm, Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday/Wednesday
Cost: free parking, no admission, operated by donations
Date Visited: August 2017
During our stay in Lake Placid, I thought it would be neat to visit the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge which is located in Wilmington (which we happened to be staying at). Wilmington is roughly 15 minutes away from Lake Placid itself, so, it is not very far, best of all, it is free and all they ask is for a small donation if you enjoyed your time there.
The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge's main attraction is the Wolf Man, Steve, who gives everyone a talk first thing in the morning at 10:00am (but check their website for more details) about the 3 wolves that are there. He will actually go into the wolf pen and interact with them while talking to you about them. It was a very neat experience, since, as Steve says, wolves are portrayed as violent animals on TV and movies, but they are actually very friendly.
He spoke for about an hour before we headed off to see the other animals there, but he was still talking by then. During our stay here, we got to see a bunch of eagles, some foxes, coyotes, just to name a few animals. All the animals there are ones that individuals found and told them about and are in their care if possible.
If you are interested, there are also walking/hiking trails on site as well. We did one, but there wasn't much to see for us. So your hiking may vary.
For more information, visit their website at http://adirondackwildlife.org/
Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!