The Alaska Zoo, Anchorage, Alaska
4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507| Map |
Established more than 40 years ago, the Alaska Zoo has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals in Anchorage, Alaska. Located on 25 acres, the popular Alaska attraction is home to more than 100 birds and mammals representing about 50 species. The zoo has the widest variety of animals native to the state of Alaska as well as some exotic creatures, such as the Siberian Tiger. Amur tigers, Bactrian camels and yaks. Families interested in learning more about the zoo?s animals may want to join one of the many programs, such as behind-the-scenes tours, family nights, Wildlife Wednesdays and Adventure Camps. During the summer, a free shuttle offers a convenient way to get around the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Good walking shoes are recommended for traversing the unpaved trails at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska.
Address: 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507| Map
Hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm.
Price: Adults (18+): $12; Children (3-17): $6; Children under 3: Free.
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Try the Alaska Zoo for an up-close look at northern critters.Flag review
The Alaska Zoo is small, easy to navigate, and provides a woodsy walk for families of all ages and abilities. Located in the south end of Anchorage, Alaska's only zoo is a perfect stop for those wanting local experiences with animals who reside in northern climates. From yaks to a pack of wolves, and of course, those famous polar bears, the Alaska Zoo is a wonderful part of any Anchorage day tour. Staffed by a knowledgable bunch of animal experts, and a full cadre of volunteers, the zoo can provide behind-the-scenes tours as well, including encounters with said wolf pack. During the summer months, gather on the lawn every Friday night for an outdoor concert, free with admission. A number of special events take place throughout the year, so do check the zoo website before visiting, you never know what sort of exciting activity might be happening! www.alaskazoo.org
Tips for Families
The Alaska Zoo is open all year long, so don't let cold and snowy weather deter your visit. In fact, these animals love cold and dark days; all critters here live in arctic or sub-arctic environments, and cold is their thing. During the summer, visit right when the facility opens for the day, or just before closing time to see the animals at their most active. While the zoo does offer a small snack bar on site, it is wise to bring food and drink for kids. Also consider a wagon or stroller for gear and small children, the zoo sits on a wooded area with a lovely network of trails leading from one area to another. NOTE: The brown and black bears usually go into hibernation in October, and do not emerge again until early May.
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Need a pick-me-up before or after a trip to the zoo? Steam Dot is a locally-owned coffee shop with great ambiance for kids. Grab a latte, chocolate milk, and snack, and relax while the kids play with the basket of games, books, and toys. www.steamdot.com
My Kid's Review
I like going during the winter - the polar bears might swim in the pool and the wolverine is always running in circles. - 8 year-old
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