Two of the coolest things for me about Alaska are the grandiose landscapes and the interesting wildlife. Unless you are hiking into the wild, it can be hard to experience both of those at the same time. For families with small children not familiar with Alaska, hiking into the wild is not really practical (or smart!).
Then there is the Reindeer Farm in Palmer. Not too far from Anchorage, you can see and feed reindeer in a family friendly setting. It’s right in among the mountains, so you can see great natural beauty as you learn more about reindeer!
Reindeer meat is in a lot of Alaskan foods you’ll encounter, so it can be a great learning process for the children to see how they are raised. It is farm to table, Alaska style! Plus, reindeer are associated with Santa Claus, so there’s a little magic involved as well.
This was a fun morning outing for us. It took a couple of hours, and there were a few other animals to see as well. There was a large moose and tiny rabbits. The reindeer aren’t aggressive, but can be a little pushy about getting food. If you have a very small child that might be intimidated by this, it might not be the best stop for you. But my 5 year old loved it from the start! Six year old Claire was apprehensive when we arrived, but warmed up to the animals.
Website : ReindeerFarm.com