An Alaska vacation is an experience that should shared with the whole family! Alaska has tons of unique, and interesting activities that kids are sure to love! From Seward, to Denali National Park, to Fairbanks, and everywhere in between, you can find family friendly lodges, transportation, and activities.
Seward, Alaska is a great starting place for your vacation; especially if you are arriving to Alaska on an Alaska Cruise. There are a few great activities in Seward that you should know about. The first one is the Seavey Family’s Real Alaska Tour; it begins with a Seward city tour, travels to the famous Exit Glacier, and finishes with a visit to the Seavey homestead for a 2 mile long sled dog ride, and a tour of the Iditarod race dog kennel, complete with husky puppies!
Another great family friendly activity is a Seward day cruise out into Resurrection Bay and beyond. There are lots of different wildlife and glacier viewing trips available, and uniformed park ranger is on every one. Your kids can be “Junior Rangers”, working with the Park ranger as they help to spot wildlife, and identify the various mammal and bird species they see. A Junior Ranger awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the cruise, where each new Junior Ranger will receive a participation badge and have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Ranger.
A great way for you and your family to travel Alaska is aboard the Alaska Railroad. The railroad’s GoldStar service features a double decker glass domed railcar, with unparalleled views. Your seats can rotate to accommodate groups of 4, and each car has an outdoor viewing deck! It’s really a luxurious way to travel, and the Railbelt stretches all the way from Seward and Whittier, to Fairbanks.
There is so much to do in Alaska, it can’t possibly be put into one blog! So I’d like to touch on another destination, one of Alaska’s most popular – Denali National Park. The park is the centerpiece of Alaska, and you will find exciting activities, framed by an amazing view of the mountain itself. A great easily accessible tour in Denali is Jeff King’s Husky Homestead Tour. Cuddle with Alaskan Husky puppies and see summer training in action on this 1.5 hour personal narrated tour of an Iditarod Race Dog Kennel.
A wildlife viewing trip is a must-do while you are visiting the Park. The Denali Backcountry Adventure travels all the way inside the park, searching for wildlife like bears, moose, caribou, dall sheep, and wolves. Your friendly driver/guide will provide an informative narration, teaching you and your family about the unique history of the park, and helping you to spot wildlife. At the end of the Park road, a hearty buffet lunch is served at the Exclusive Denali Backcountry Lodge, where you can enjoy an activity like gold panning, or a nature walk before your return trip.
For local area lodging, check out the Comfort Inn in Anchorage, the Seward Windsong lodge in Seward, and Denali Cabins, or the Denali Backcountry Lodge in Denali National Park. So there you have it, a few ways for you and your family to experience the best of Alaska!