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Things To Do With Kids in Anchorage

If you and your family are heading to Anchorage, there’s a couple things you should know about the city and Alaska, also known as The Last Frontier. First, only New York has a higher percentage of people — this city is dense! As the state’s largest city, Anchorage has plenty to offer for visiting families and nearby locals alike. Plus, kids will love that you can meet a moose, walk on a glacier, and explore wildflowers all in one day. If the Land of the Midnight Sun is on your bucket list, plan a trip today with the below Anchorage itinerary ideas:

Anchorage combines the best things to do in Alaska with the comforts of a kid-friendly place to visit. For ideas on where to begin and some of the best things to do in Anchorage with kids, look below:

  • Visit Elderberry Park, Anchorage’s most convenient playground
  • Explore the legends of Alaska’s history at Prince William Sound Museum
  • Visit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a sanctuary dedicated to wildlife through conservation, education, and more
  • Book a cruise from Portage Glacier Cruises
  • Take in panoramic views of Denali atop Flattop Mountain at Glen Alps

Kid-friendly places in Anchorage are fairly commonplace if you know where to look. Try a gallery, a pizza place (that also serves beer!), or a local theater. For more, look below:

  • Explore the 4,000-acre Far North Bicentennial Park
  • See the art at Aurora Fine Art
  • Grab a slice of pizza at Moose's Tooth
  • See films about the Iditarod at E. Street Theater
  • There’s nothing quite like gourmet hot dogs from International House of Hotdogs

You can’t go to Alaska without seeing all there is to see. Try visiting one of these kid-approved Anchorage landmarks:

  • See one of the oldest commercial buildings: Wendler Building
  • Visit Chugach State Park, one of the four largest parks in the United States
  • Drive along Turnagain Arm for one of the most scenic areas in the city
  • See the trees at Chugach National Forest
  • Rail fans simply my take a ride on Alaska Tram Rides

Traveling in packs can be challenging, especially when they’re still in school. Whether it’s for a birthday party, class trip, or you’re bringing the whole family to Anchorage, we’ve got you covered:

  • Visit Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center to learn more about the first peoples of Alaska
  • Order an extra scoop at WOO HOO ICE CREAM
  • See glacial activity up-close at Begich, Boggs Visitor Center
  • Learn more about the 1964 Earthquake at Earthquake Park
  • Hike your way through glaciers, wildflowers, mine ruins, and berries at nearby Crow Pass Trail

Turns out, you can learn outside of the classroom. Anchorage has abundant museums and science centers that are fit for your favorite student. Look below:

  • Learn more about what makes the city special at Anchorage Museum
  • Go on a tour through Native American history at Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Learn more about how the world works at Alaska Museum of Science and Nature
  • See private collections of relics, artists, and more at Wells Fargo History Museum
  • Soar through artifacts and airplanes at Alaska Aviation Museum

With so many kids classes in Anchorage, the artist in the family will appreciate you finding something just for them. Look below:

  • Paint classic scenes at Color Me Mine
  • Start a creator’s journey with Art Classes for Kids of All Ages
  • Practice your rhythm skills at Anchorage Music and Dance Center
  • Study how to dance at Studio Pulse Center for Dance
  • Watch a play or performance at Alaska Theatre of Youth

The city is known to have a subarctic climate and as such, there are plenty of indoor things to do in Anchorage with kids when it gets cold. When the weather is less than ideal, some places thrive. Check out these indoor activities for kids:

  • Jump up for joy at BOUNCIN' BEARS
  • Go on a water slide at H2oasis Waterpark
  • Play mini golf at Putters Wild
  • Plan a high-flying birthday party at Get Air Anchorage
  • Climb as high as you can at Alaska Rock Gym