Boat trips at Spencer Lake are also a possible add-on to the day, and will have your kids chattering to anyone who will listen all about the icebergs they saw. Take a trip down to spot them. Take a , raft the rapids, or just sit in the forest in peace. Take the plunge at the H2Oasis Water Park If your family includes teenagers as well as younger children, might just be the perfect solution for a day of family adventure. Take a from nearby Seward or Whittier, or take to the air on a. Plan ahead to get the most out of your visit. Here visitors can view the bruins, big coastal browns, without disturbing the bears.
Here's something to sweeten the deal more: is. The museum is a quick 40 miles south of Anchorage. The festival also offers free music workshops, including some geared specifically toward kids. Geocaching Treasure hunting is alive and well with. Climb aboard the Alaska Railroad Trains depart north and south every day from Anchorage and give your family the opportunity for the perfect day trip to soak in the views, all while someone else does the driving. This picturesque location is also a wonderful place to watch birds.
The shallow, narrow waters of Turnagain Arm help form a , a wave up to 6 feet tall that rolls for miles along the inlet. Migrating birds visit this park in all seasons, which makes this a great year-round destination. Watch world-famous performers, local thespians and aspiring musicians on stages in Anchorage. Anchorage is also a fascinating historical city. Kids can explore the museums which cover a range of topics, from the Anchorage Museum with super fun hands-on exhibits, to the Alaska Museum of Natural History which gives an insight into the beauty of the surroundings. Best viewing times are July through September.
Catch a Summer in the Park performance During the busy summer season, hosts this free series three times a week. At noon on Wednesdays and Fridays, local musicians play at Peratrovich Park next to the Anchorage Visitor Center. Anchorage is full of fun, exciting, and free things to do all year long. Enjoy Wildlife and the Great Outdoors 1. Kids will get a kick out of viewing the native species — such as Dall sheep and caribou — and if you happen to run into one of these critters in the wild later on from a safe distance, of course! The swoops over treetops, taking passengers 2,000 feet up Mount Alyeska.
Mix with the Locals 11. Come see our unique mix of scenery and culture for yourself. Anchorage bear viewing often involves a short flight to a salmon-filled stream in or national parks or nearby Chinitna Bay. Anchorage Market and Festival Every summer weekend, 300 vendors take over 7 acres of downtown Anchorage to sell everything from produce to exotic goods at the. The city is still the starting point for rail travel in Alaska, with trains departing daily in the summer for Seward, Prince William Sound, Denali, Talkeetna and Fairbanks.
Beluga whales chase salmon runs just off the coast. Immerse yourselves in the exhibits of the Anchorage Museum Hosting an impressive collection of art and collections that explicate the Alaska experience from all sides, your kids will likely be drawn to the , which brings science to vibrant life with a planetarium and exhibits about local phenomena such as the Northern Lights and volcanoes. Head to the or for a guaranteed date with a moose. From glacier viewing and bear spotting with Gray Line Tours, fun city tours on the very unique trolley with City Trolley Tours, to Alaska Railroad Tours - perfect for those train loving kids to choo choo choose! This all-year-round city is a the perfect family-fun adventure! See the salmon swim The , operated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, offers a free viewing area to witness the salmon hatchery in action. Now set those 11 miles along the coastline of Cook Inlet and you have the. Explore a little or a lot, but be prepared to be amazed by the beauty.
Hop on a whale-watching and glacier-spotting cruise Several Anchorage-based tour companies offer the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a boat trip ranging from three hours to all day. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Imagine 11 miles of paved walkways with fantastic views that are reserved entirely for walkers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, and cross-country skiers. Get to know the local fauna at the Alaska Zoo The is definitely worth a stop for its focus on Northern animals — the only zoo with this focus in the nation. These art and history galleries are the best primer for a trip through Alaska. The Seward Highway is dotted with good vantage points to watch this natural phenomenon, and perhaps even spot the intrepid surfers who seek to ride the wave. The event provides the perfect opportunity to keep the kids entertained while enjoying an al fresco picnic and luxuriating in the views.
These white whales get as big as a car. You can rest easy knowing that the Conservation Center provides a space for displaced animals, including a group of musk ox babies that are pretty much guaranteed to wow even the most jaded family members. Continue on to Seward or Whittier for a day of. Family vacations are a wonderful way to create lasting memories and photos for everyone. Sightings of whales such as orcas, humpbacks, and belugas are likely, and the tours travel to scenic locations such as Kenai Fjords, Resurrection Bay, and Prince William Bay. Night owls can pursue the shifting colors of the auroras near Anchorage. Even more memorably, the Imaginarium allows visitors to create their own earthquakes or shoot an air cannon.
Donations are appreciated but not required. Alaska Trooper Museum How would you police a wild frontier? McKinley , and visiting Portage Glacier or the Kenai Peninsula. Kids will witness beautiful glaciers, come face to face with Moose, and have their day filled with adventure! To get sliding on snow even in summer, several mushers camp out atop glaciers for the summer, with helicopter access to the seasonal retreats. Alaska Public Lands Information Center Start your camping or fishing trip off right with a visit to the. Campbell Creek Science Center The is an outdoor science education center in the heart of Anchorage. It also has a footpath along Ship Creek so you can view returning gigantic Chinook and Coho salmon in their natural habitat.