It is rare that I find an attraction that I can recommend without any reservations. However, I can excitedly exclaim “you HAVE to go to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center!” if you tell me you are headed to Anchorage with your children. It’s a fantastic place you will not regret going out of your way to visit.
A conservation center dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife, AWCC takes in orphaned and injured animals. Whenever possible, they reintroduce animals back into the wild. Those that can’t be released receive a permanent home at the center.
There were an amazing amount of animals for us to see – including moose. I had somehow made it through life without seeing a moose, despite living in Minnesota where they are known to reside. But the AWCC and their mission made it possible for me to see one up close. Note – I have seen moose in the wild since that time. But you never forget your first moose … or something.
There were also bald eagles, a porcupine, black bears, elk and reindeer. It was a great time, and the children got to observe animals they don’t have access to at home. Plus, mom and dad enjoyed it a lot too.
I can wholeheartedly recommend making a stop here if you visit the area!