Wolf Pups, Sled Dogs, and Waterparks! Oh my! Fun in Alaska
(Wish I was in Alaska right now! )
The best child friendly places in Alaska are in Anchorage. My husband, our three children, and I have visited Anchorage at least once every year, for the past five years.
My kids never tire of seeing the animals in the Alaska Zoo, that is a family favorite. My favorite memory was from a couple years ago at the zoo when they had three week old wolf puppies. We were visiting the zoo on a day that there were not that many people attending, and the staff let my children pet and play with the pups.
My youngest kept referring to the pups as dogs which made me laugh because he didn’t know the difference. Along with wolves there are so many other animals such as brown bears, seals, otters, wolverines, and of course, polar bears! (http://www.alaskazoo.org/)
My daughter’s favorite attraction in Anchorage is the indoor water park, H2Oasis. During the summer when there are a lot of tourists on and off of cruise ships, it can get packed, but kids still have a blast.
There are things at the water park that are better suited for older children including a wave pool and water-roller coaster. There are also many things for young children like a set of smaller slides which all end up in a lagoon complete with a pirate ship. (http://www.h2oasiswaterpark.com/)
My husband’s favorite thing to do is watch a team of sled dogs. There is a certain family that shows them off daily. It really is an amazing experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
The event only happens once or twice a day, and is kind of hard to find, but definitely worth seeing. We didn’t have any knowledge of it until we overheard a family talking about it and asked for directions. This was a few years ago, but if I remember right the cost was around $20 for me and my husband, and $7 each for our kids.
If you get to Anchorage make sure to ask around about the dog sled show because I am sure most of the locals know where to find it.