Anchorage Attractions

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Attractions in Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska ATV Adventures - Alaska ATV Adventures offer a variety of day trips around the state, but its main offerings are on trails near Girdwood—less than a half hour from the south side of Anchorage—where you can explore Alaska’s Pacific Costal Temperate Rainforest. Most people who take this tour have little or no experience with ATVs, but it doesn’t matter.

Alaska Aviation Museum - Explore the history of Aviation in Alaska. The museum has several aircraft on display, a restoration hangar, flight simulators, two theatres, and a Hall of Fame. It provides an emphasis on historic aircraft, aviation artifacts, and memorabilia that contributed to the development and progress of aviation in Alaska.

Alaska Botanical Garden - With over 1,100 species of hardy perennials, and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is the place to experience the abundance of the summer sub-arctic growing season and to learn about flora native to south-central Alaska.

Alaska Experience Theatre - The Alaska Experience Theatre offers Alaskans and visitors an entertainment and dining experience found nowhere else in Alaska! The Theatre features a brand new, state-of-the-art theatre projection system with eye-popping 3-D capabilities and a new 3-D film line-up, which includes "Turtle Vision 3D" and "Fly Me to the Moon."

Alaska Law Enforcement Museum - Operated by the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers with the goal of sharing the history of the Alaska State Troopers. The museum tells the colorful story of a dedicated team of police officers who continue to bring law and order to one of the most unusual, rugged and far-flung jurisdictions in America.

Alaska Museum of Science & Nature - Explore the beautiful Natural History of Alaska. A visit here is a visit back in time. Come and see dinosaurs, dig for fossils, and learn about many exciting things! Be sure to put this on your list of things to do the next time you visit Anchorage!

Alaska Native Heritage Center - Local residents and visitors to Alaska are introduced to Native traditions and customs of both the past and present. The Welcome House is a celebration of contemporary Alaska Native cultures while the outdoor facilities and sites allow the exploration of ancient tradition and the presentation of stories from the past.

Alaska Railroad Depot - Alaska is a big place and the Alaska Railroad is the perfect way to get around. You'll know from the very moment you climb aboard the Alaska Railroad you're riding on the best train in the world.

Alaska Zoo - Learn how you can save Polar Bears and Sea Ice. Come and see us at the Zoo for a educational experience that is fun also. There are so many fun things for you to do here, and learn! Don't miss out on this unique zoo that can only be boasted of by the country's largest state.

Anchorage Museum - The Anchorage Museum brings the best of Alaska to the world and the best of the world to Alaska. Home to The Imaginarium Discovery Center, Alaska’s hands-on, minds-on science discovery center, a place where families and visitors of all ages can explore art, history and science through play.

Begich, Boggs Visitor Center - Want to know why glacier ice is blue? Interested in learning about the cultural and natural history of Prince William Sound? Need help planning your adventure on the Chugach National Forest? Come experience living glaciers as they continue to carve the landscape and shape life. Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is your gateway to glaciers.

H2Oasis Water Park - Step out of the cold into the warmth of this indoor Water Oasis. There is a 575 Foot Long river that circles the park, 23 Foot high 150 Foot long - enclosed and exits into a 3 foot deep Splash Pool, and more! Don't miss out on this splashing great time!

Kenai Fjords Tours - Explore the untamed wilderness and calm waters of the magnificent Prince William Sound. Visit a working salmon hatchery. Cruise the spectacular Esther Passage before exploring the numerous glaciers in the Harriman Fjord and Barry Arm. Stop at the majestic Surprise Glacier. Marine animals and birds flourish in these waters.

Potter Marsh - Potter Marsh, at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, is one of the most accessible and scenic wildlife viewing areas in Alaska. Spruce, cottonwoods, and alders frame the north and east borders of the marsh. Bald eagles, water birds, and spawning salmon flourish here. A 1,550-foot boardwalk with interpretive signs provides access to the northern part of the marsh.

Public Lands Information Center - Interested in hiking, camping, fishing, or planning the trip of a lifetime? Well, then your first stop should be at the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers! The Alaska Centers are a system of information and education centers that help provide visitors and residents with meaningful, safe, enjoyable experiences on public lands.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - Whether walking, running, or biking, keep an eye out for dramatic views of Knik Arm, Cook Inlet, six mountain ranges surrounding Anchorage and the beauty of Sleeping Lady mountain across the water, Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof. Wildlife viewing is abundant with many birds, small mammals, beluga whales, moose and even an occasional bear sighting.