Activities in Alaska

$139 for One-Week Kids' Camp at Arctic Crown Canvas ($300 Value)

Arctic Crown Canvas

Midtown

$300 $139

Kids enjoy themed summer camps that focus on developing artistic creativity through painting, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, and crafts

Singles' Night Cooking Class for One, or Date Night Cooking Class for Two at Let's Cook Alaska (Up to 53% Off)

Let's Cook Alaska

Sand Lake

$80 $40

Hands-on cooking classes teach students basic and advanced skills as they prepare entire meal shared at end of class

$399 for a Roundtrip Fly-Out Fishing, Camping, and Hiking Trip for Two from Legends Alaska ($800 Value)

Legends Alaska

Willow Airport

$800 $399

Experienced bush pilot carries travelers across glacial lakes and forests during a chartered flight, hike, and fishing trip

Full Season of Alaska Fighting Championship Bouts for 1, 2, or 4 at George M. Sullivan Sports Arena (Up to 72% Off)

Alaska Fighting Championships

George M. Sullivan Sports Arena

$322 $99

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Starting in September, Alaska Fighting Championship barrels into its 11th season with eight events scheduled through May

Family Visit at Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (50% Off)

Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry

Meadow Lakes

$18 $9

Visitors browse trains, cars, and other pieces of machinery that have contributed to Alaska’s industrial past and present

Anchorage All Around City Tour for Two or Four from Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises (Up to 52% Off)

Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises

Downtown

$198 $99

Guided tours around Anchorage make stops at Point Woronzof, Ship Creek, Earthquake Park, Alaska Native Medical Center, and Ulu knife factory

Day of Paintball with Gun, Mask, Air, and Ammo for Two, Six, or Ten at 907 Paintball (Up to 60% Off)

907 Paintball

South Anchorage Sports Park

$80 $35

Paintballers with masks and markers navigate an outdoor field filled with inflatable obstacles for an adrenaline-fueled face-off

Earthquake Simulation and Double Feature for Two or Four at Alaska Experience Theater (Up to 53% Off) 

Alaska Experience Theater

Downtown

$44.30 $22

This 45-minute program begins in a theater that rocks to re-create a major earthquake and includes two shorts showcasing Alaska's beauty

Five or Ten Open-Bounce Visits or a Jump Party for 10 Kids at Bouncin' Bears (Up to 54% Off)

Bouncin' Bears

Multiple Locations

$75 $35

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Inflatable slides, obstacles, and castles greet kids within a supervised play center; parties include drinks and supplies

Five or Ten Open-Bounce Visits or a Jump Party for 10 Kids at Bouncin' Bears (Up to 54% Off)

Bouncin' Bears

Multiple Locations

$75 $35

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Inflatable slides, obstacles, and castles greet kids within a supervised play center; parties include drinks and supplies

$7 for $15 Toward Batting-Cage Tokens, or Party for Up to 10 (Up to 53% Off)

The Cage

Anchorage

$15 $7

Players or partygoers practice batting skills in eight outdoor cages with four baseball speeds & fast or slow softball pitches.

Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Lesson for Two or Rentals for Two at Stand Up Alaska (50% Off)

Stand Up Alaska

Wasilla

$130 $65

Standing atop a paddleboard, adventurers cruise the tepid water of Wasilla Lake as they soak in the surrounding scenery and wildlife

Two-Day Salsa Bootcamp or Punch Card for 8 or 16 Dance Classes at Alaska Dance Promotions (Up to 59% Off)

Alaska Dance Promotions

Taku / Campbell

$120 $60

Ten hours of intensive salsa instruction over two days, held in a ballroom at the Hotel Captain Cook; dance classes include zumba & bachata

$22 for One Hour of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Up to Five at Center Bowl (Up to $45 Value)

Center Bowl

Anchorage

$45 $22

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Bowlers send pins clattering in a 50-year-old bowling alley with Brunswick synthetic lanes, auto-scoring, and touchscreen controls

1 or 2 Months of Yoga and Fitness Classes or One Month of Classes and Massage at Dharma Hot Yoga (Up to 57% Off)

Dharma Hot Yoga

Midtown

$149 $65

Instructors guide students through hot-yoga sequences in 85–100 degree temperatures, intense Insanity fitness classes, and Zumba dance

Select Local Merchants

Built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia, the Anchorage Museum’s mirrored skin now holds an immense collection of exhibits that celebrate Alaska’s history and innovations in art and science. Using grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations, Anchorage Museum was able to devote four floors and a small but well-appointed fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology—all represented by more than 25,000 objects.

Through a series of permanent exhibits, visitors embark on a cultural and geological voyage. More than 600 Alaskan Native artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian Institution join miniature dioramas of indigenous lifestyles in illuminating the cultures that first shaped the area, while other collections peer into the gold rush era, World War II, and the process of becoming a state. Itchy hands find relief in the Imaginarium Discovery Center, a playground for DIY discovery where visitors of all ages can touch sea stars, shoot air cannons, and learn more about what makes a volcano erupt or the aurora borealis cast its eerie glow.

625 C St
Anchorage,
AK
US

Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location?s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas.

Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.

2841 Riverside Dr
Juneau,
AK
US

The sporting aficionados at Bearpaw Archery believe the art of the arrow can and should be a family-oriented activity. They frequently populate the 20- and 30-yard ranges on their Wasilla facility with activities, instruction, and events that involve archers as young as 5. Youth leagues and 10-week homeschool classes accustom kids to the sport, and veteran competitors and recreational archers are treated to league play and a pro shop outfitted with equipment from brands including Excalibur Crossbow, Genesis, and Parker Compound Bows. The archers also welcome high-level competition by hosting the state shoots—an event where skilled archers plant their arrows precisely where they want them: holding up that slipping poster from Woodstock ‘69.

1251 W Melanie Ave
Wasilla,
AK
US

Boasting a "steep and deep" mountain with one of North America’s longest continuous double-black runs, Alyeska Resort packs both an adventurous punch and about 650 inches of snow annually. The mountain benefits from top-to-bottom snowmaking capabilities across the 2,500 feet of vertical terrain, as well as a brand new Ted's Express high-speed quad chairlift to access beginner runs.

The 76 named trails crisscross 1,500 skiable acres, whose lower regions grant visitors breathtaking glimpses through coastal tree lines. As Claire Walter put it in a 2009 Frommer’s review, "No other resort combines true high-mountain terrain, a low oxygen-rich elevation, and splendid ocean views." In the summer, an aerial tram showcases lush flora and fauna and wildlife such as moose and a vacationing Smokey Bear, who acts as a trail guide.

Aside from quick bites at the Daylodge, skiers refuel with burgers and live music at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill or venture to the AAA four-diamond Seven Glaciers restaurant for more formal dining. Guests can rest their heads at the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska and soothe weary muscles at a full-service spa.

1000 Arlberg Ave
Girdwood,
AK
US

Not every hotel keeps an on-site helicopter, but Knik River Lodge has a chopper on deck for flight-seeing tours that show off the surrounding Alaska wilderness. Located about one hour northwest of Anchorage, the inn manages to be both isolated in woods teeming with mountain goats and moose yet convenient to the big city. Likewise, its 15 cabins let guests rough it without sacrificing luxuries such as down duvets on king-size beds, free WiFi, and private decks overlooking the surrounding mountains.

Housed in a yurt, the hotel?s on-site restaurant draws inspiration from African safaris. Candle lanterns provide the ambient lighting, and the menu emphasizes its muscovy duck and beef wellington. As the restaurant gets its produce, meats, and seafood from local sources, the menu also changes based on seasonable ingredients, but the selection of local beers and wines remains a steady staple.

In addition to the helicopter tours, other activities available through Knik River Lodge include bear-viewing and wildlife photography outings. Join an Iditarod musher and his dog team in glacier dog sledding, a distinct Alaskan pastime. Participants dash over snow-covered mountain slopes with plenty of opportunities for taking photos and pointing confused Tour de France bikers in the right direction.

29979 E Knik River Rd.
Palmer,
AK
US

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) shelters orphaned, injured, and ill animals that could not otherwise survive in the wild. Bears, elk, and coyotes roam in a natural-habitat enclosure where they are regularly fed, rehabilitated, and given medical attention under the direction of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The AWCC seeks to educate the public about protecting Alaska’s native species with educational programs and tours. Patrons can also see the animals living in near-wild conditions, with bald eagles swooping to the ground in search of prey and wood bison plodding through 65 acres of tidal terrain. The latter comprise the only herd of wood bison in the U.S.: the species had been extinct in Alaska for more than a century until the AWCC acquired its herd from the Yukon as an effort to reintroduce the animal to the state.

Mi Post 79 Seward Hwy
Girdwood,
AK
US