What to do in Anchorage, AK

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Anchorage Attractions

If you have never visited the northern city of Anchorage, Alaska, you may be expecting to see a barren wasteland complete with igloos in the middle of endless snow and ice, but this is simply not the truth. Anchorage is frequently referred to as the City of Lights and Flowers partially because of the giant size of the blossoms attained by most flowering species here.

Because the midnight sun keeps things growing around the clock, one of the main attractions in Anchorage is the cultivated vegetation. Also known as the Hanging Basket Capital of the World, Anchorage horticultural displays are a must see for every summer tourist.

There are so many things to do in Anchorage that it's difficult to list them all, and the available activities change with the seasons. For instance, Anchorage excursions during the winter months include going on dogsled tours, participating in the festivities of the annual Fur Rendezvous festival, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and watching the beginning of the Iditarod sled dog race. Winter is also the best time to meet local people because the food and dining spots are not as crowded with tourists as they are during the summer months. It is easy to take a map of Anchorage city streets and find popular places for good meals, entertainment, shopping options, and cultural exhibits. Located downtown right next to Town Square Park, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of world-class entertainment year around. The pace of life in the City of Lights and Flowers is slow and leisurely during the winter months.

Anchorage activities during the summer include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and generally enjoying the spectacular outdoor environment AK offers during this time of year. It will not be at all unusual to see people playing softball at local parks at midnight. One of the top recreation areas within the Anchorage city limits is the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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What to do in Anchorage

Free Things to Do in Anchorage

Leave your purse in the hotel room. It's easy to amuse yourself in Anchorage without paying a cent.

Alaska Veterans Museum - Filled with exhibits and artifacts, this gallery is heaven for knowledge-hungry minds.

Whaling Wall - If you're eager to gain an insight into the area's buzzing arts and culture scene, organize a visit.

Earthquake Park - Let the kids have a good time or let the big kid in you run free — this attraction just screams fun.

National Archives at Anchorage - If you like modern architecture, add this attraction to your list of must-sees.

Kimball Building - Get ready to feel like you've been transported back in time while roaming around this historic attraction.

SoNo District - This is a vibrant location where you can soak up the atmosphere and experience the local way of life.

Westchester Lagoon Overlook - Take things slow and spend some time out near the water.

Anchorage Market and Festival - Widely known among local residents, this site is worth taking a look at.

Holy Family Cathedral - Take a moment for some meditation or prayer at this respected sacred place.

Prince William Sound - Go for a nice, leisurely stroll by the water and perhaps even stick a toe in.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - Unwind and let the natural surrounds restore your mind.

Town Square Municipal Park - Work on your green thumb and appreciate the wide variety of plants on display.

Things to Do in Anchorage with Kids

There's fun for the whole family wherever you go in Anchorage. Here are some family friendly experiences to enjoy together that are bound to make your trip memorable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Anchorage on a sunny day?
Make the most of the great weather (and stretch your legs too) with one or two of these outdoor experiences:

What is Anchorage famous for?
Alyeska Ski Resort is an icon of Anchorage, so be sure to give yourself enough time to visit.
What should I not miss in Anchorage?
Remember to pack your camera, because this treasure trove of wonders is just waiting to be discovered:

  • Kincaid Park
  • Iditarod Trail Headquarters
  • Sullivan Arena

Are there cheap things to do in Anchorage?
You’ll be able to enjoy a little low-cost fun with an Anchorage Scavenger Hunt: Mushing Through Anchorage or a Anchorage Trolley Tour.
What can you do in Anchorage for free?
You could put your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these top attractions won’t cost you a penny:

  • Kincaid Park
  • Iditarod Trail Headquarters
  • University of Alaska - Anchorage
  • Dimond Center

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