Things To Do in Alaska

$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

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

Karate Course for One or Two with Orientation, Month of Classes, and Uniform at Okamoto's Karate (Up to 69% Off)

Okamoto's Karate

Multiple Locations

$125 $43

Multidisciplinary-karate philosophy bolsters physical and mental fortitude in students of all skill levels

$69 for Four-Hour Adult Cooking Class at Let's Cook Alaska ($140 Value)

Let's Cook Alaska

Sand Lake

$140 $69

Hands-on classes teach students techniques and terminology during the creation of an entire meal, which is shared at the end of class

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

Adult or Youth Beginner Mosaic Class for One or Two at Clay Owen Studios (Up to 47% Off)

Clay Owen Studios

Anchorage

$100 $55

Adults and kids learn how to arrange, glue, and grout beautiful mosaics from pieces of crushed glass, marbles, mirrors, ceramic, and china

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

$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

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

Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry

Wasilla

$18 $9

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

Glacier and Wildlife Explorer Tour for Two, Four, or Eight from Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises (Up to 62% Off)

Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises

Downtown Anchorage

$418 $199

Guided van tours along the Turnagain Arm include a one-hour boat to Portage Glacier and a visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

5- or 10-Visit Punch Pass for Indoor Play Sessions at Kaleidoscape Play Studio (50% Off)

Kaleidoscape Play Studio

Midtown

$50 $25

Colorful play and art space encourages discovery in five playscapes and center exhibit that changes every few months

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

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

One Month's Worth or 10 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Alaska (Up to 62% Off)

CrossFit Alaska

Anchorage

$180 $69

With moves that mimic lifting and pulling, CrossFit trainers coach all levels in a strength & conditioning program designed for scalability

$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

$20 for Five Studio Visits for Ceramics Painting with Supplies at Color Me Mine Anchorage ($50 Value)

Color Me Mine Anchorage

Taku / Campbell

$50 $20

Patrons paint blank ceramic bisques ranging from dishes to Disney figurines inside a newly relocated, 1,750-square-foot studio

Four, Six, or Eight Weeks of Boot Camp at Core Fitness (Up to 82% Off)

Core Fitness

Anchorage

$244 $49

Overcome fitness plateaus during boot camps led by ACE-certified personal trainers

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

Bouncin' Bears

Anchorage

$75 $35

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

Outdoor-Adventure Excursions for Five or Six from Alaska Backcountry Access (40% Off). Four Options Available.

Alaska Backcountry Access

Hotel Alyeska

$595 $355

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Experienced guides lead groups on rafting, jet-boating, canyoneering, or kayaking trips

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Anchorage Athletic Club combines years of fitness expertise with the palpable camaraderie of several group exercise classes led by a supportive staff. Solo workouts on cardio and strength equipment can grant the athleticism of a half-man, half-Walter Payton, and three specialized studios host hot-yoga sessions to promote breathwork and the development of a lithe figure. The club augments its body-sculpting services with add-ons such as childcare and tanning beds, and a roster of premium classes hones kung fu jabs and the self-defense maneuvers of krav maga. The Anchorage Athletic Club's staff maintains a friendly attitude while placing a premium on motivating guests in an affable and helpful way.

202 East Northern Lights Boulevard
Anchorage,
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

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Established: 2013

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Brands Used: Deco-Art, Lego, Duplo, Lakeshore Learning, Melissa & Doug

Recommended Age Group: Kids

Pro Tip: Don't forget to bring socks. Drinks with a lid are allowed, but no outside food due to allergies.

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Collaborative play

Q&A with Jennifer Stratton, Owner

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

Owner Jennifer Stratton is not content to sit idle. Aside from her creative pursuits, she is also currently seeking a degree in early childhood development. Jennifer has taught art classes based on literature, story-writing workshops, card making and personal publishing.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

We are an indoor play and art studio for families. We offer art classes for all ages?even grownups. Whether you choose to build, imagine, experience, create, or perform, we will cater to your creative needs and families will easily move through our playscapes.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

At the play studio, we get to experience the occurrence of actual learning: real, organic learning through play, not just curriculum in books. Unscheduled play encourages literacy skills, creativity, and problem solving, and as a business owner I love hearing kids laugh, learn, and play.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

No one is too old to learn through play.

3801 Old Seward Hwy., Ste. 9
Anchorage,
AK
US

Amateur pilots can learn how to fly Cessna planes, Piper J3 Cubs, and Maule MX7s during float ratings, bush courses, and tailwheel training with Legends Aviation. For those who'd rather see the sights than take the controls, tours traverse some of Alaska's most notable landscapes, including Denali National Park, the Mount Spurr volcano, and the Knik Glacier. Soar over the icy peaks and deep valleys or hire a plane to take you to official checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail to look for abandoned foam fingers.

HC 89 Box 109
Willow,
AK
US

In the late 1960s, Anchorage's grocers held a contest to see who could sell the most toilet paper. One of two first-place prizes was $3,000, but the victor chose the other—a baby Asian elephant. He quickly realized he couldn't take care of her, so he put her up in the heated barn of local horse rancher Sammye Seawell. Sammye fell so in love with this small pachyderm that she began housing other abandoned creatures—enough to fill a zoo. More than 40 years later, The Alaska Zoo's keepers and staff continue this simple but powerful mission: to rescue orphaned, injured, and captive-born animals of the Arctic, sub-Arctic, and similar regions.

Today, the zoo’s habitats house more than 110 animals from 53 cold-loving species. In semiaquatic zones, polar bears nap, harbor seals swim, and river otters attempt to solve calculus equations. In terrestrial environments, amur tigers play with a ball attached to a zipline, and black bears lounge in a hammock made from recycled fire hoses. Other habitats house residents such as snow leopards, reindeer, and wolves.

In addition to caring for these animals, staffers conduct Iditarod-focused educational events in March and use animal-themed light displays to celebrate both the summer solstice and approaching winter holidays. They also raise awareness for wildlife through educational programs, such as seasonal adventure camps and zookeeper shadowing, and join in conservation efforts, such as serving as ambassadors for Polar Bears International and the Toupees for Bald Eagles Project.

4731 Omalley Rd
Anchorage,
AK
US

Jody Mason quickly became enamored with the sights and abundant fish of Prince William Sound during his first fishing trip to Whittier in 1977. Twenty-three years later he started Alaskan 4 Star Charters to share those experiences and resources with others. His vacation destination—at the head of Passage Channel—provided the ideal place to set up shop, as it's one of the closest salt-water fishing grounds to Anchorage and rich with Alaskan scenery. The company's private hunting and fishing charters whisk guests away in pursuit of 15 types of rockfish or five types of salmon, while trio of sightseeing tours through Prince William Sound drift past humpback whales and tidewater glaciers that the prince bedazzled with his favorite rubies.

11321 Vía Appia
Anchorage,
AK
US