Head to The Wilds and experience an adventure unlike any other! The Wilds features an array of activities perfect for the summer season.
A safari park and conservation center, The Wilds combines cutting-edge conservation science and education programs with hands-on experiences. The Wilds resides on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed surface mining land.
Home to more than 30 rare and endangered species from around the globe, The Wilds offers wide, open pastures for these species to roam and even coexist. Last year, The Wilds welcomed 50 newborns, including a greater one-horned rhino, cheetahs, and African painted dogs. These offspring are as exciting for conservationists as they are adorable for all animal lovers.
Visitors can choose to ride in a pick-up truck to feed giraffes or meet a rhino on a Wildside Tour or feel the breeze on an Open-Air Safari Tour while snapping breathtaking photos.
Guests can also opt to soar over the animal pastures on a Zipline Safari Tour, enjoy a relaxing Fishing Safari on one of nearly 100 lakes at The Wilds, or saddle up on a Horseback Safari through the quiet prairies.
From June until September, The Wilds also offers a wide array of tours to enjoy at sunset:
- The Sunset Safari Tour is a special tour with picturesque sunset views. The tour includes a buffet dinner and an Open-Air Safari tour for viewing the animals when they are most active, at feeding time.
- For those looking to get closer to the action, the Sunset Wildside Tour is a great option. This awe-inspiring tour takes guests off the beaten path and out into the pastures and also includes a buffet dinner.
- The Sunset Horseback Safari is a perfect way to unwind at the end of the day while enjoying the outdoors from a unique vantage point. Sunset Horseback Safaris begin with a buffet dinner followed by approximately two hours of riding.
- Guests seeking adventure at new heights should check out the Sunset Zipline Safari Tour. Go ziplining at sunset and take in the amazing panoramic views of The Wilds while zipping above and through the animal pastures.
Being a member of The Wilds has its perks. Membership includes free Open-Air Safari tours for one year, discounts on premium safari experiences, free parking, member benefits for Nomad Ridge and the Lodge, a subscription to The Wilds’ member magazine, discounts at The Wilds’ Gift Market and Overlook Café and free or discounted admission to more than 120 zoos and aquariums.
For those who want to make it a wild weekend can stay at Nomad Ridge. This adults-only getaway includes a private yurt overlooking the animal pastures. For larger groups, the Lodge is the perfect home away from home, as guests will stay in a private luxury cabin tucked away next to one of The Wilds most scenic lakes.
The Wilds is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May through September and weekends only in October. Pricing varies depending on the tour. For more information about The Wilds or to schedule a tour, please visit www.thewilds.org.
The Wilds, one of the largest conservation centers in North America, is home to rare and endangered animals from around the world along with hundreds of indigenous species. The mission of the Wilds, a nonprofit organization, is to advance conservation through science, education and personal experience. For more information, visit www.thewilds.org.