Explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center


Added by Natalie F

​This is about 60 minutes outside of Anchorage and is a fun stop to soak in some guaranteed wildlife viewing with a scenic backdrop.

You'll see tons of animals including bald eagles, bears, moose, muskox, lynx, reindeer, and wolves! 

It's a conservation center so they have a great mission.  It is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the Chugach Mountain Range and the Turnagain Arm Inlet.  

Open 7 days a week, 10 am to 6 pm with last entry at 5 pm. You do have to buy tickets, which you can do ahead of time online or upon arrival.  There are driving and walking options once you get into the park.  I would highly suggest walking.  

Make this a stop on the way to or from something else like Seward or Homer if you are in Alaska on a vacation.  

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Real Reindeer!

I went here as a kid and thought seeing real reindeer was the coolest thing ever! Great wildlife in a pretty natural setting. Worth a stop, especially if you have kids!

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