Zoos in Alaska with kids

It’s animal time in Alaska, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Alaska because The Last Frontier State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • 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 ...

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  • Glow Putt Mini Golf

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    Fairbanks

    Amazing glow in the dark mini golf, with reflecting glow paint, and even a glowing waterfall mural! Great family fun!

  • Bouncin Bears

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    Wasilla

    Enjoy a large inflatable playground with regularly changing features including themed bouncy castles, obstacle courses, slides and more! Bouncing fun in Alaska for kids!

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • 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 ...

  • Pioneer Park Mini Golf

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    Fairbanks

    Fun for all ages in the heart of Pioneer Park , with a fun mini golf course for the family!

  • 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 ...

  • Adventure Bound Alaska Glacier Cruise

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    Juneau

    Cruise through incredible Alaskan glaciers, mountains and waterfalls! Adventure for those over 5 years with spectacular nature and wildlife!

  • Seldovia Tours

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    Homer

    Each day from Memorial Day through Labor Day we provide a 6 hour round trip tour to Seldovia. Leaving Homer harbor at 11:00 am we make our way to Gull Island to see the home to nine nesting species ...

  • Gray Line Tours Of Alaska

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    Anchorage

    Choose from over 50 sightseeing tours throughout Alaska and the Yukon. Tours that depart from Anchorage last from 1-hour to a full day and range from glacier cruising to bear viewing! Fairbanks ...

  • Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

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    Juneau

    Amazing tours of the beautiful 50 acres of stunning landscapes known as Glacier Gardens! The whole family can explore the lush rainforest, with incredible views! Family fun in some pretty awesome ...

  • Wilderness Guided Hike and Jet Boat Expedition

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    Ketchikan

    Come join us for a guided wilderness hike in the remote, privately owned, White River Valley. Enjoy a narrated city tour as your motor coach takes you into the wilderness surrounding Ketchikan. Meet ...

  • Cape Fox Tours

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    Ketchikan

    Experience Native American culture and history through these great shore tours, which also explore outdoor recreation!

  • Major Marine Tours Glacier and Wildlife Tours

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    Seward

    Cruising past an Alaskan Glacier encountering otters, sea lions, whales, and puffins....a priceless experience.

  • Kenai Fjords Tours

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    Seward

    Kenai Fjords National Park abounds with marine sealife and is a must for those interested in Alaska glacier cruises, whale watching, Alaska bird watching, and wildlife viewing. Seward Alaska and ...

  • Major Marine Tours Prince WIlliam Sound Cruises

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    Whittier

    Climb aboard on this stunning Alaskan glacier and wildlife cruise giving the whole family an opportunity to experience nature and wildlife as it's most incredible.