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Alaska Zoo, Anchorage

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At Alaska Zoo, see more than 100 birds and mammals up close. Many of the zoo’s residents were rescued from the wild as orphans or after suffering an injury. Visit polar bears, bald eagles, moose, and many other inhabitants of the Alaskan wilderness. The zoo is also home to cold-climate animals from other parts of the world, such as Amur tigers and Tibetan yaks. For a behind-the-scenes look at the animals, book a Special Encounters tour and shadow zoo keepers for the day. A number of species at the zoo hibernate and therefore may be inactive during the winter. During the summer, a free shuttle service is available from downtown Anchorage to the zoo. Arrange to visit Alaska Zoo and other attractions in Anchorage using our Anchorage trip itinerary maker.
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  • As the zoo is out of Anchorage I was delighted to know a free shuttle runs on a regular basis. I was lucky enough to get advised in Anchorage that they have a discovery tour, costs more but well worth...  more »
  • A nice zoo with plenty of local animals including two polar bears!The zoo takes in orphaned animals and seems to work well on a conservation level worth a visit!  more »
  • Just love going to this zoo. Clean. Interesting animals for a small zoo. Perfect for kids as it's easy to walk and not so big they get tired. Also easy for older folks.  more »
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  • Loved it! Got to see very different animals. The animals were all well taken care of. The zoo had a nice picnic area with a small play area for the kids. It has a nice cozy coffee shop as well. The food selection was good. I loved the hot cocoa ☺️
  • I love our zoo. It's smaller and more simple than others I've been to, but I think it's authentically Alaskan while throwing in a couple of surprises (like Amur tigers for one example). It is setup in a way that you feel like you're walking through an Alaskan forest. Because of this, it isn't the most wheelchair-friendly place in town, but visiting in a wheelchair can be done. The amount of bugs that bothered us while visiting was minimal.
  • Great atmosphere and the animals look happy. My kids loved this place and ran around having a blast! It is surprising large and I think we missed some stuff! Plus they have a free shuttle from downtown and back!!
  • Had A lot of fun with the kids, the exhibits are well kept and they do tend to move animals around to accomodate them while they remodel so some signs may differ from whats in the exhibit. Kids all had a great time, also bring your own food and play at their kids park next to the picnic tables.
  • If you go there expecting a big city zoo, you will be disappointed. If you go interested in Alaskan and Arctic animals and willing to walk in a wooded setting, you should have a good day. You might even learn from the interpretative signs. Marquis animals are the polar bears, snow leopards, and Siberian tigers. Highlights of our visit were the baby musk ox, the orphaned black bear cub, the active Siberian Tigers and brown bear. This is a great outing for kids as it isn't huge, although by the end of the day my kids were definitely done.

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Anchorage hotels increase room rates during the height of the tourist season, but you can visit the area economically any time of year by choosing a budget-friendly bed and breakfast or small inn. The city's downtown area contains the priciest rooms; most are offered by chain hotels. You can find less expensive rooms at a cluster of hotels located in Midtown, a largely commercial neighborhood with a good selection of restaurants and shops.
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