The guides at Alaska Horse Adventures lead trail rides year-round, their steeds galloping over lush summer greenery and dancing through winter's silent, snowy woods. Rides might entail a two-hour tour of the surrounding wilderness or a full-day trip that dives deep into the Chugach Mountains. While trotting through fresh powder, gnawing on flowers with your equine, or cuddling up during a horse-drawn sleigh ride, you might come across moose, hawks, and other wildlife. Alaska Horse Adventures also organizes pack trips to help those on longer hauls transport their equipment.
Growing up in Chicago Heights, Illinois, Kelly Lee Williams was more focused on crossing the finish line at high school track meets than crafting the perfect punch line. In fact, it wasn’t until he took the stage of a Chicago-area comedy club in 2001—after stints as a soldier, an IT worker, and a DJ—that Kelly truly immersed himself in the world of professional comedy. In the years since his life-changing career shift, Kelly has honed his comedic chops with performances for audiences from New York to Montego Bay, coaxing forth laughs with witty self-penned songs. His plunge into the entertainment business has taken him across the country and earned him diverse gigs that include serving as a member of the Chicago Bulls’ Incredibulls squad to gracing the big screen with a speaking role in the recently released Drew Barrymore film Big Miracle. After making the move north to Anchorage with his family and pet rubber chicken in 2008, Kelly branched out again, adding the role of teacher to his expanding arsenal of occupations.
In a steady procession, waves rear up to 4 feet high before collapsing and delighting waders with blasts of spray. Unlike ocean waves, these aren’t governed by the moon, and they don’t crash against a beach. Instead, they rhythmically rise and fall in the wave pool at H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark, which stays open year-round and is the state’s only indoor water park.
Outside of the wave pool, park visitors can find watery solace floating down the 575-foot lazy river with its gentle current. For a higher-octane experience, the Master Blaster water coaster rockets riders through a splash-filled adventure much safer than riding a scooter into the shower. And when it comes to entertaining the younger set, the four cannons on the park’s pirate ship evoke intrigue on its waters, and the placid children’s lagoon gives tentative youngsters a haven for safe play.
The Subway Sports Centre is the best ice rink facility in the state. It consists of two ice rinks; an athletic training center “Acceleration Alaska” an indoor running track; the Blue Line Pub sports bar and a Subway Sandwich Shop.
Anchorage City Trolley Tours introduces visitors to multifarious attractions in the City of Lights and Flowers, including the world's busiest floatplane base on Lake Hood, the monuments at Earthquake Park, and the waves of Cook Inlet. While Alaskan-raised trolley drivers dish out useful info and fascinating history about each part of the city, riders will smell Anchorage’s famous flowers and spot majestic moose eating grass and debating their retirement options. Be sure to show up 15 minutes early to nab a seat next to the large, photo-friendly windows inside the heated, enclosed apple-red trolley. Potential passengers should fill out the online seat reservation page to secure a spot.
Named one of the top 10 trail rides in the country by USA Today, Bardy's Trail Rides transports riders through pristine Alaskan countryside, providing visitors with an unforgettable vacation and residents with a fresh perspective on their home state. Groups of up to seven travelers trot alongside majestic mountains and ford rippling rivers, following an unsullied trail only accessible by horse or crafty zebras disguised in horse costumes. Amble beneath bald-eagle nesting areas and through the old town of Seward while listening to a native guide impart spellbinding true accounts of the region's destruction during a 1964 earthquake. Twice-daily rides commence at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., but guests should arrive 20 minutes early to don provided helmets and christen horses with suitable names, such as Trailblazer or Car with Legs.