Part of the Anchorage walking tour, this house was built by the self-proclaimed "18th person" to walk into Anchorage, Oscar Anderson, in 915. Restored in 1982, it is open for guided tours Memorial Day to Labor Day. Get a glimpse of the life style of the Andersons, and learn more about the early history of Anchorage. Exhibits discuss a roughly ten-year period from 1915 to 1925. The home is directly adjacent to the paved Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that follows the Inlet.
This 110-acre garden includes native perennials, an enclosed herb garden and an outdoor rock garden. Created in 1991 by volunteers, the garden has become an educational resource as well as a stunning showcase of Alaskan plants and wildflowers. Paths throughout allow for easy travel and a 1.2-mile hike provides views of the Chugach Mountains, a natural wetland and nearby Campbell Creek. One unusual feature is a still-used dog-mushing trail that travels through the garden. For the kids, ask to borrow a free Discovery Duffel from the garden store, packed with games and activities that tie in to the exhibits. Guided tours are available upon request.
Since 1990, this museum's displays have educated the public on Alaska's rich natural history. All of the items collected by the museum have been donated or loaned by Alaska residents. Permanent exhibits include collections of Alaska dinosaurs and marine reptiles, Alaskan archaeology, and Alaskan paleontology. The museum holds the largest exhibits of Alaskan rock, mineral and fossils, and also showcases native artifacts dating back 11,000 years. From time-to-time, the museum also presents traveling exhibits from the Lower 48. Most exhibits are fascinating for people of all ages.
Since 1975, this Auditorium has held lectures, concerts, dance performances and much more. Used for public forums as much as for folk and rock concerts, it handles many University performances and has proven to be an excellent venue for many kinds of local and international acts. Each winter, in January, the Irish Music Festival is held here.
Mulcahy Stadium is a home to the two baseball teams, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Anchorage Bucs. This baseball stadium has a capacity of 4000 and serves as a venue to American Legion and other high school games. The huge scoreboard adds to the thrill of the game for the spectators.
Center bowl offers free bowling for children who are new to the game, with an atmosphere that is generally child-friendly. Kids often organize birthday parties here, and there are several youth bowling leagues for children to hone their pin downing skills, even with professional coaches. The adults get pretty serious with leagues of their own, and themed bowling on most nights of the week.
As Alaska's largest university, the University of Alaska, UAA, is a major, four-year public university. The Anchorage campus is the main campus, with nearly 16,500 students in the entire system. Stop by to check out the impressive campus or watch one of the UAA Seawolves' Division I athletic games.