Anchorage is more than just a gateway to your Alaska road trip. It is a destination on its own! Don’t underestimate the city as some travelers do, Anchorage has many gems that are hard to find anywhere else.
Tour the City on a Bike
The trail system in Anchorage is amazing, well connected and easy-to-navigate. Rent a bike and ride through Coastal Trail: from downtown to great playground at Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park at the Westchester lagoon, then head towards Earthquake Park (love this park). Occasional wildlife plus beautiful scenery guaranteed! You can make it all the way down to the gigantic Kincade Park, past the Ted Stevens Airport (ANC), where you can watch
Go fishing, even if you have never tried it before. Campbell Creek is full of salmon and has a lot of quite, secluded areas. It’s a very nice place to go with kids. Campbell Park is huge, our favorite was this particular part: 2365 E 48th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99507. Don’t forget about the fishing license. Order it online or buy at Walmart, Carrs-Safeway, Fred Meyer or any fishing store.
Alaska Zoo has the widest variety of animals native to the state of Alaska as well as some exotics, such as Amur tigers (they are not only the biggest tiger species in the world, but the biggest cats in the world), snow leopard, Bactrian camels, and yaks. We visited many places on our road trip in Alaska to spot wildlife, but here we were happy to watch them up close: polar bear, grizzly bear, black bear, mountain goat, lynx, harbor seal, arctic fox and many more. Petting zoo, a little playground, and a coffee shop are on-site.
Most of the animals were so close, you don’t need any zoom to enjoy them.
Petting Zoo is pretty big and had no time limit to
Visited it twice and highly recommend!
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Feel the heartbeat of Alaska’s Indigenous People at Alaska Native Heritage Center. Leave indoor exhibition for later, instead, check the schedule and attend Guided Village Site tours, Alaska Native Dance Performance and Alaska Native Games (Eskimo Indian Olympics). Loved all three! Felt like visiting several remote native villages and getting to know their residents in a single afternoon. Check out online “Eskimo high kick” – you’ll be amazed!
There is a play area/craft activities inside, lots of grassy areas for kids to run outside, a cafe with a decent menu (try their stew).