Traveling through the great outdoors of Alaska is an incredible experience, but flying from place to place and taking ferries to your destination can be exhausting for you and your wallet. Sometimes you just need to take the stress off by seeking out free activities that won’t break your vacation budget. Here are some great, free family activities that are kind to your pocketbook.
Eklutna Village Historic Site
Take the kids on a journey to understand a different culture. The Eklutna Village Historic Site is home to an Alaskan native culture that blends its old, traditional beliefs with newly-acquired religious views. A church and cemetery are main attractions for visitors. Stop by the visitor center to get an idea of the history of the village and its fascinating people.
Where: Eklutna Village
Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park
Have a child who absorbs history like a sponge? Take her to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, where she can visit all of the historical Gold Rush sites on a walking tour of Skagway. Tour 15 historic buildings in the district and learn about what drove wannabe rich men to Alaska’s great outdoors.
This community play area was thought up by kids, for kids. Tourists and locals come to play on this completely modern play set, all with a beautiful Twin Lakes backdrop. It’s a perfect place for picnics and parties.
Campbell Creek Science Center
Suit up the family for a trek through Campbell Creek Science Center’s 740 acres of pristine wilderness paths. Rent a backpack filled with accessories for outdoor adventures and get to know the forest from the knowledgeable staff.
Summer in the Park
Head to the Anchorage Visitor Center during the summer for free live music and fun at this three-times-weekly event. Local artists engage and entertain children of all ages while vendors sell arts and crafts that you can only find in this Alaskan city.