Alaska Zoo (O'Malley Rd.) - The zoo is the best spot to see all the wonderful wildlife native to Alaska - polar bears, moose lynx, wolverine, red and arctic foxes, gray wolves, river otters, harbor seals, golden and bald eagles, ravens, Sitka black tailed deer, caribou, black and grizzly bears, Dall sheep and trumpeter swans. In summer there's a shuttle from the center of Anchorage out to the zoo.
H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark - Need an afternoon to relax in a huge indoor water park? This waterpark has wave pools, water slides, water coaster, lazy river, and children's lagoon with slides into shallow water. Towels, lockers, changing rooms and showers, snack bar on site.
Alaska Heritage Museum - This small museum in downtown Anchorage has a gem-like collection of Alaskan artifacts. Check out a 46 oz gold nugget, Native Alaskan dolls in parkas, carved figures of polar bears and dog sleds, a mammoth tusk, full-size Bering Sea kayak, ceremonial daggers, hunting and fishing tools, black argillite carvings, and figurines 1500 - 2000 years old.Located in the Wells Fargo building on W. Northern Lights Blvd., open noon - 5pm, Mon. - Fri. The museum is free.
Anchorage Museum - A modern, state of the art museum, kids can spend hours exploring the galleries (and is a good choice for a rainy day). The Imaginarium Discovery Center has hands-on science exhibits about auroras, earthquakes and volcanoes of Alaska.Learn about the history and culture of Native Alaskan peoples in the Alaska Gallery, filled with exquisite masks, button blankets, Chilkat robes, and dioramas of traditional life.For little kids, Tote Kidspace has mazes, water play and climbing areas. Museum is closed on Monday.
Sled dog rodeo and kennel tours (185 East Ship Creek) - The Seavey family has participated in, and won, the Iditarod sled dog race over three generations. In summer, kids can tour the kennel, meet the Iditarod sled dogs, and pet Alaska husky puppies. At evening Sled Dog Rodeo, the dogs show their teamwork and dog mushers compete in sled dog races, plus kids will also have a chance to pet the husky puppies and meet the Iditarod dogs.
Alaska Native Heritage Museum - Visit five different authentic Native village sites - Tlingit/Haida/Tsimhan/Eyak, Aleut &Alutiiq, Inupiac & St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Yup'ik & Cup-ik, and Athabascan, each with artifacts used in traditional daily life. The museum also has demonstrations by Alaska Native artists, ceremonies, drumming, dance, and tribal gatherings.