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Feeding Reindeer at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska

Feeding Reindeer at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska

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!

The Reindeer Farm in Palmer Alaska


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.

Feeding Reindeer at the Reindeer Farm Palmer Alaska

I’m all out of food! I swear!

Feeding Reindeer in Palmer Alaska

Reindeer shedding velvet on their antlers at the Reindeer Farm Palmer Alaska

While this is a little gross, the velvet shedding process was very interesting. These reindeer were isolated while doing so. It made them a little cranky, understandably.

Reindeer grazing under a mountain in Palmer Alaska

Where is the Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska?

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  1. Teresa 18 February, 2014

    Wow, so cool. Wish I could go there!

    • Amy Moore 18 February, 2014

      Alaska can be hard to get to, but once you get there you won’t want to leave!

  2. stevebethere 18 February, 2014

    Cute photos heheh!

  3. Monica 18 February, 2014

    Love the photos, I have never been that far north, but, maybe someday!

  4. Danielle Royalegacy 18 February, 2014

    It’s really beautiful, the Anchorage area. My husband and I spent some time in Bethel and Nome working with AC. Not a fan of the bush.

    • Amy Moore 18 February, 2014

      I’d love to go into the bush in Alaska, but it’s cost prohibitive at the moment. I don’t think I’d like to live there, but there’s so much beautiful country to see!

  5. June 18 February, 2014

    You’re a long way from Texas! Looks like an amazing place – have fun!