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Paul Smith's College VIC

#1 of 1 things to do in Paul Smiths Features Animals
8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
+1 518-327-6241
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Jenkins Mt Climb

My wife and I with our three kids (daughters 12 & 21 and son 16) went with the sole purpose of... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2015
New Hartford, New York
A gift for naturalists

Someone had told me about the VIC (visitor inquiry center) and I'm grateful. It is a series of well... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2015
Burlington, Vermont
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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.
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8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
+1 518-327-6241
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

My wife and I with our three kids (daughters 12 & 21 and son 16) went with the sole purpose of climbing Jenkins Mt. There is ample parking. The staff inside was very helpful with maps and information. There are many activities to enjoy at...More

1  Thank Travel_Sam_I_Am
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Someone had told me about the VIC (visitor inquiry center) and I'm grateful. It is a series of well maintained trails to hike or x-country ski/snow shoe. The trails are well marked and easy to navigate. For anyone with mobility problems there is even a...More

2  Thank bbrodie
Reviewed 20 June 2015

If you plan to do any hiking in the area you need to stop here. They can give you tips on what would work best for you and your group. Nice maps and tips.

Thank juliefriesl
Reviewed 21 May 2015

Just a few miles from White PIne Camp and the world's most stunning college campus (Paul Smiths, specialising in conservation), the tours and the video documentaries are an education in nature.

2  Thank Salim L
Reviewed 17 March 2015

For many years, NY State ran this wonderful place, an architectural gem, filled it with wall to wall programs, and entertained and educated thousands of children and adults. Then the funding plug was pulled. To their great credit, Paul Smiths College stepped into the breach....More

2  Thank Wayne-Librarian
Reviewed 29 December 2014

I thought things would be better with the college's purchase of the property, but was very disappointed. Saw online that on Saturdays there would be crafts and games for kids, so we packed up 3 little ones and headed over. No one greeted us so...More

2  Thank Daytripper420
Reviewed 23 October 2014

it was interesting and since we couldn't hike because it was raining it gave us a dry place to spend a few hours.

1  Thank Helena B
Reviewed 7 October 2014

Beautiful grounds for a walk/hike, and fascinating exhibits in the small museum area. Lots of interesting birds and wildlife.

Thank igbotrevordc
Reviewed 29 September 2014

A great family experience for all ages. Most trails are accessible by a stroller with very large wheels or all-terrain strollers. Will have to check at Visitors Center for trails that are accessible for wheelchairs. The floating bridge trail may not be recommended for those...More

Thank Doreen M
Reviewed 1 September 2014 via mobile

While staying on Osgood Pond we hopped over to the VIC center to home the well labeled and groomed trails. The center is quiet and serene offering a nice nature walk undisturbed by others. Stop in the butterfly house to view native Lepidoptera in all...More

Thank SonjaV1
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Alison M
Are dogs allowed on the trails?
19 June 2017|
Response from Skimaster1 | Reviewed this property |
They are not allowed in the building. I would call ahead to find out.