National Parks / Natural World in Alaska with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Last Frontier State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Alaska offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Alaska itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Alaska Botanical Gardens

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    Anchorage

    The Alaska Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to hike on woodland trails. The 1.1 mile Lowenfels Family Nature Trail takes you on a walk through spruce and birch forest, down to the north fork of ...

  • Bering Land Bridge

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    Nome

    Visit our visitor center in Nome, Alaska. Enjoy birdwatching. The preserve is home to raptors, waterfowl, and some rare Asiatic species. Fly out to Serpentine Hot Springs and spend a few nights in ...

  • Pioneer Park

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    Fairbanks

    Visit Alaska's ONLY historic theme park - Pioneer Park! With museums, shops, attractions and much more!

  • Eagle River Nature Center

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    Eagle River

    The Eagle River Nature Center is operated by Friends of Eagle River Nature Center, a community supported non-profit organization. The Nature Center offers nature studies for children and adults, 9 ...

  • Alaska Bird Observatory

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    Fairbanks

    The Alaska Bird Observatory is an Alaska nonprofit corporation. The mission of ABO is to advance the appreciation, understanding, and conservation of birds and their habitats through research and ...

  • Halibut Cove

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    Homer

    Originally a fishing village, Halibut Cove is now home to several artists and businesses. A popular tourist destination, the cove offers several lodges and cabins and the only way to get around the ...

  • Wrangell St Elias National Park

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    Copper Center

    The Chugach, Wrangell, and Saint Elias ranges converge here in what is often referred to as the "mountain kingdom of North America."

  • Tongass National Forrest

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    Juneau

    Embracing nearly a million acres of old growth rainforest, alpine tundra, and rugged coastline, Admiralty Island National Monument and the Kootznoowoo Wilderness offer unrivaled opportunities for ...

  • Innoko National Wildlife Reserve

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    McGrath

    Innoko National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve waterfowl, peregrine falcons, other migratory birds, black bears, moose, furbearers, other mammals, and salmon; to fulfill treaty ...

  • Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge

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    Fairbanks

    Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve white-fronted geese, other waterfowl and migratory birds, moose, caribou, and furbearers; to fulfill treaty obligations; to provide for ...

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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    Fairbanks

    The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife in the arctic. The Refuge's rich pageant of wildlife includes 42 fish species, 37 land mammals, eight ...

  • Alaska Horse Adventures

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    Palmer

    Scenic guided trail and sleigh ride experiences for those adventurous families, in the beautiful scenery of Alaska!

  • Denali National Park

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    Denali National Park and Preserve

    Six million acres of incredible wild land, Denali National Park has snowy mountains to alpine tundra to explore. A quiet and tranquil wilderness awaits!

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  • Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

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    Anchorage

    Exhibit galleries feature the evolution of Alaskan aviation from 1913 to the present. There are over 20 vintage aircraft to see, flight simulators to use and a Bush Pilot gift store to shop in.

  • Alaska Museum of Natural History

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    Anchorage

    From the outset, the museum has energetically pursued it's mission to study and exhibit natural history materials relating to Alaska's natural history and to promote and develop educational programs ...

  • Alutiiq Museum

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    Kodiak

    The past meets the present at the Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak's, Alaska Native culture center where visitors can explore 7,500 years of Alutiiq heritage. See ancient artifacts, discover history, and learn ...

  • Anchorage Museum

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    Anchorage

    A multigenerational, hands-on science center puts scientific concepts into an Alaskan context, with a marine animal touch tank and a planetarium!

  • The Baranov Museum

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    Kodiak

    At the Baranov Museum you can discover the history of Kodiak, Alaska through a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and special events.

  • The Pratt Museum

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    Homer

    The Pratt Museum is dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural environment and human experience relative to the Kachemak Bay region of Alaska and its place in the world.

  • Fairbanks Ice Museum

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    Fairbanks

    Ice fun in Fairbanks with multi media ice sculpture demonstrations and displays, and a nightly show!

  • Museum Of The North

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    Fairbanks

    An incredible museum with 1.4 million artifacts and specimens, which can educate and fascinate kids on the diversity and cultural traditions in the North. A great family experience in Alaska.

  • Museum Of Alaska Transport and Industry

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    Wasilla

    MATI was established to give a home to the transportation and industrial remnants and to tell the stories of the people and the machines that opened Alaska to exploration and growth.

  • Alaska Sealife Center

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    Seward

    A great place for kids to learn about Alaska's diverse marine ecosystem through interactive displays, and encounters with Sea Lions, Seals, Puffins, and more!

  • Alaska Zoo

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    Anchorage

    Amazing animal encounters with rescued animals in Anchorage, with guided encounters, tours, and educational fun at this family friendly zoo!

  • Alaska Raptor Center

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    Sitka

    Enjoy tours in Alaska through this amazing center that rescues injured birds, including bald eagles! Great for animals loving kids!

  • The Reindeer Farm

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    Palmer

    An amazing experience for kids and the family, with incredibly reindeer tours, horseback rides, and fun hiking trails! You might even see bison and elk!

  • Big Game Alaska Wildlife Park

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    Portage Glacier

    On the shores of Turnagain Arm, surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers, Big Game Alaska Wildlife Center is the perfect place to learn about Alaska wildlife. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Musk Ox Farm

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    Palmer

    A true Alaskan experience with the amazing Musk Ox. Families can learn about the animals, and the project, and to get up close to one of the Arctic's oldest living species. Great animal family fun in ...

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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    Portage Glacier

    Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a non-profit organization that provides refuge for orphaned, injured and ill animals; cares for animals that cannot survive on their own in the wild; and ...

  • Alaska Railroad Tours

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    Anchorage

    It may be raining and cold outside, but our trains are comfy and warm inside! You'll know from the very moment you climb aboard the Alaska Railroad you're riding on the best train in the world.

  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

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    Skagway

    Take an unforgettable journey aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World” to the White Pass summit. Begin your excursion as you board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles from tidewater, to the ...

  • H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark

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    Anchorage

    Alaska's largest indoor water park, with great attractions for the kids! From lazy rivers to a children's lagoon and a thrilling roller coaster, there is something for the whole family. A splashing ...

  • Riverboat Discovery

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    Fairbanks

    Welcome aboard! Climb aboard for a 3 1/2 hour cruise experience that will take the family into the heart of Alaska!

  • Klondike Gold Fields

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    Skagway

    Costumed characters will bring the past to life as the whole family is immersed in Alaska history and adventure! With sled dogs, and gold panning, there are great tours for the whole family!

  • Sitka Tribal Tours

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    Sitka

    Most historical tours treat Sitka's remarkable past as a testimonial to a bygone people- a window to an era that shaped the present, but is somehow extinct. On Sitka Tribal Tours, however, history is ...