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Our most recommended Alaska Family-friendly Activities

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

1. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

Enjoy an admission ticket that will grant you access to over 200-acres of animal enclosures and stunning nature. Take a self-tour of the scenic 1.5-mile loop, accessible by foot, by bike, or by car, while learning about the resident wildlife via interpretive signs at each animal habitat. Support the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. Venture through the AWCC’s 1.5 mile loop which is the perfect adventure for the winter months. Experience unique ways to explore the Center while enjoying the wildlife in the winter include gliding on your cross country skis, riding your fat bike, or utilizing AWCC’s complimentary kick-sled rentals. Relax on board your own vehicle with a picturesque 1.5 mile loop drive around the sanctuary. See orphaned and injured animals taken in by the AWCC that have now been given a forever home.

Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

2. Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

Set off on a fun-filled adventure in Alaska. Whether a novice or expert ATVer, this tour sets you up for a memorable experience in the Alaskan wilderness on your own automatic single ATV or multi-passenger side-by-side ATV. Riding along trails surrounded by Denali National Park, at speeds up to 30 mph, your adventure includes breathtaking 360° overlook stops with views of the Alaska Range, Otto Lake, and the Healy Valley. Navigate through rocky creek beds and even spend time splashing through the water (weather dependent). Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the rugged terrain and provide opportunities for photography. Wildlife is abundant — watch out for moose on the trail. The total tour route covers about 10 miles with 1.5 hours on the trails. Tour length is about 2.5 hours from pickup to drop-off.

Skagway: Gold Panning Experience

3. Skagway: Gold Panning Experience

Travel back to the times of traditional mining and try the simple but rewarding technique of gold panning in Skagway. Bring the kids along and watch them hit gold with a Cheechako pan, swirl your pans together, and create a souvenir from the gold you find. Take part in the old mining method of separating particles from the soil by washing them with water in a pan. Grab your pan, listen to the instructions of the knowledgeable staff, and enjoy a laidback experience by playing as you learn. If you're a cruise passenger, take advantage of this unique experience, located close to the port and available at any time within opening hours on your booked date. Forget about stressful scheduling and arrive whenever your ship docks to begin your insightful mining lesson.

Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Nature Walk

4. Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Nature Walk

Head off on a sightseeing drive from Anchorage. Hear about the local area as you cruise in comfort to Chugach State Park and/or the Palmer Hayflats Wildlife Refuge Area. Hop out of the car for a sight- and fun-filled nature walk. Start your tour with pickup in downtown Anchorage. Enjoy a comfortable ride while your knowledgeable tour guide brings to life the history, flora and fauna, and famous local legends of the area. Let your guide show you hidden gems off the beaten path and lead you to places unlike any you've ever seen. Discover incredible locations within Chugach State Park and the Palmer Hayflats Wildlife Refuge Area such as Glen Alps Overlook, Eagle River Nature Center, and Eklutna Lake. Head south down the Turnagain Arm and conquer part of Falls Creeks Trail, or go north to take a leisurely stroll around Reflections Lake and explore the beauty hidden just outside Anchorage. Your guide will customize the tour to the interests and desired activity level of the entire group. Top it all off with an adventure to secret glacier views or unexpected trails to cascading waterfalls. Whatever the location or activity, Alaska will not disappoint.

From Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Guided Musk Ox Farm Tour

5. From Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Guided Musk Ox Farm Tour

Take a drive from Anchorage as you set out to explore the historic Musk Ox Farm nestled amongst the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. Marvel at scenic views as you drive up the Knik Arm towards the pastoral Matanuska Valley. On the way, listen as your guide shares fun facts about the area. Once you arrive at the farm, join an expert guide on a 45-minute walking tour. Learn about the farm's 60-year legacy and discover more about the history of musk oxen, their sustainable domestication, and the benefits of musk ox farming in the region. Called Oomingmak or "bearded one" by the Inupiaq people in Arctic Alaska, this Ice Age mammal once roamed the earth alongside wooly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. Today, the oxen are used to produce an annual harvest of qiviut, the finest wool in the world. At the end of your farm tour, hop back into the van and take the scenic road back to Downtown Anchorage. A light snack and a bottle of water will be provided.

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What people are saying about Alaska

This was the highlight of our Alaska trip! I never had so much fun driving in my 82 years as I did behind the wheel of this ATV! My husband said my smile never left my face! I was fortunate to be right behind the guide, so I was not afraid following her! And I kept up! The scenery was beautiful! I enjoyed the stops and the history, short talks and information the guides presented. We got our money's worth! That's for sure! So glad I got to mark this off my bucket list! I would do again in a heart beat! Wonderful guides!

We loved riding the ATV along the rugged terrain and the tour guides were excellent in explaining the landscape. The only thing we wished were it could have been a bit longer. We booked the 2.5 hr trip and it was about 2 hrs from the time we checked in to the end of the trip. This included the bus ride back and forth from the office to the location.

This is a self guided trip which was great. You can either walk or drive which we did both. It rained for us which prob caused most of the animals to look for shelter but not the bears!! They were showing off for all the cameras to see! Got to see so many animals/birds in as close to their natural habitats as possible. tyyyyy

Top experience! One of the highlights of our Alaska trip. Incredibly well organized, such great staff, a good track that was really fun! Worth every penny! Thanks to the team!

Awesome experience and unique tour. Young kid enjoyed a lot.