Attractions of Interest to Children
4731 O'Malley Rd
2 miles east of the New Seward Hwy.
May-Labor Day, daily 9-6; Labor Day-Apr., daily 10-dusk.
Siberian tigers, musk oxen, seals, moose, and a variety of Alaskan birds call this home, but the main attractions are Oreo, a brown bear, and Ahpun, a polar bear. You can hop a city bus here from downtown.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
A trail introduces visitors to Native Tradition Bearers, artists and performers as they tour five village exhibits surrounding a lake on the 26-acre campus.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is the first-ever visitor attraction to share Alaska Native traditions through educational programs for everyone; the center opened in May 1999.
Five Traditional Villages
The Center is located in Anchorage, Alaska at the corner of Muldoon Road and Glenn Highway, just 15 minutes from downtown.
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Visitors enter the Center through the Welcome House, which includes interpretative displays, a theater hosting a film presentation and daily performances of traditional Native dance troupes.
A 30-member Academy comprised of Elders and Tradition Bearers was formed to help guide the Center’s staff in program and building design.
The five traditional villages represent the five major Alaska Native cultures and offer a look into each culture’s crafts and lifestyle.
Alaska Sealife Center
A scenic 2.5-hour drive to the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward.
Accessible by road, rail, air and sea, the new Alaska SeaLife Center is one of the state’s top attractions.
The Center is the world’s first cold-water marine institute, dedicated to preserving the marine environment through research, rehabilitation and education.
Interactive exhibits and discovery programs allow hands-on experience.
Three different habitats, with viewing above and below the water’s surface, mirror the natural surroundings of Resurrection Bay. Visitors can view endangered Steller Sea Lions, harbor seals, and countless seabirds as they live and interact as they would in the wild.
This 115,000-square-foot facility is operated by the Alaska SeaLife Center - a private, non-profit corporation. Scientific leadership is provided by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Tours of the Center are self-guided
737 W. 5th Ave.
Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. noon-5.
Children can stand inside a giant soap bubble at the bubble lab, hold a starfish in the marine exhibit, learn about the northern lights, or take a galaxy tour in the planetarium at this experiential science museum. Featured attractions include an iguana, an alligator, and even a 19-ft python.