Here Are the Top Things to Do with Kids in Alaska
When it comes to planning an unforgettable family vacation, no place compares to the beauty of Alaska. And luckily, the 49th state makes it easy for everyone to have a good time! Whether your family is interested in history, the great outdoors, or simply spending time together, there are plenty of things to do with kids in Alaska. Read on to find out what’s on our family vacation itinerary.
Before you pack your bags, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide! This carefully curated guide is full of recommendations for things to do with kids in Alaska. You can also pick up a copy of Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children by Erin Kirkland. The book is filled with insightful travel tips, photos, maps, and more.
5 Things to Do with Kids in Alaska
1. Visit Williams Reindeer Farm
Besides a visit from Santa himself, few things are more magical than seeing a reindeer in person. That’s why we recommend taking the kids to Williams Reindeer Farm. Here, visitors can enjoy daily tours that include information about each reindeer. You’ll also have the chance to meet horses, elk, bunnies, and chickens! Your kids will love bringing a cup of feed into the pen for their new friends.
2. Pick Veggies at Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm
Another great place to visit is Pyrah’s Farm. With 277 acres to explore, this U-pick operation is the largest of its kind in Alaska. The farm features a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including rhubarb, strawberries, broccoli, beets, and potatoes. It’s also known for its peas. Visit the farm’s website to see what’s ready for picking.
If you want to attend a family-friendly event during your stay, consider Pyrah’s annual Strawberry Festival, Fall Harvest Festival, or the Christmas Festival of Lights.
3. Explore Hatcher Pass
Are you managing a group of rowdy kiddos? Tire them out with a trip to Hatcher Pass. Not only is this area breathtakingly beautiful, it’s also a haven for outdoor recreation. Hiking, biking, gold panning, and snow machining are just a few fun activities available throughout the year. Read our blog to find out more.
Local Tip: For kid-friendly hikes in Hatcher Pass, we recommend the Gold Mint Trail and Summit Lake. Children are also welcome to run up the mountains and play around.
4. Check Out the Alaska Zoo
With educational programs, events, and over 100 birds and mammals onsite, the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage is an ideal destination for families. (It’s also a great place to admire native Alaskan wildlife like gray wolves, bears, Dall sheep, and arctic fox!) Guided tours are available in the summertime and include behind-the-scenes animal encounters with a variety of species. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
5. Experience Denali Zipline Tours
True to its name, Denali Zipline Tours in Talkeetna combines the thrill of ziplining with incredible views of Denali. Nine ziplines and three suspension bridges offer spectacular vistas of the Alaska Range, Ruth Glacier, and the Susitna and Chulitna River Valleys. It’s the perfect way to experience Alaska’s natural scenery! Zipliners must be at least 10 years of age and weigh at least 80 pounds.
Stay at Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages
Of course, the most important part of any family vacation is finding the perfect place to stay. Alaska Garden Gate offers the best accommodations and amenities in the area and will help your family feel at home. Reserve an economical inn room and save some money, or spread out in one of our luxurious two bedroom/two bathroom apartments. We even have a number of cottages to choose from.
So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and get ready for one of the best family vacations.
We look forward to having you!