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Prepare to pet, feed and photograph both adult and baby reindeer at Anchorage's fascinating Reindeer Farm. Gentle and tame, these "deer" are accustomed to visitors and are very friendly. Owner Tom Williams actually grew up on this beautiful farm and transformed it from a dairy farm to a reindeer wonderland in the late 1980s. Today, visitors can also marvel at elk and bison, and can go on a horseback ride up up the nearby Butte.

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.

This combined eatery, movie theater and pub has seating both in the lobby, for the enjoyment of the full service kitchen, and in front of the movie screen. While dining on Moose's Tooth beer on tap and southwestern-style cuisine, patrons can relax and enjoy the movie. Balcony seating is limited to viewers under the age of 21. Dinner and drink service is discreetly provided throughout the films.

The main attraction at this multi-galleried museum is the Alaska Gallery, which features more than 1,000 pieces of history, artwork and photography by Alaskans. Five other galleries are housed in the downtown-area museum, showcasing a variety of temporary exhibits from all over the world, as well as a Children's Gallery that is sure to delight visiting families. Visitors to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center can also attend after-hours events, art classes, and lectures that are sure to spark the imagination.

The history of Alaska Aviation Museum dates back to 1988. This museum was established to preserve and display the aviation heritage of Alaska. Planes dating from 1924-1960 are located here, painstakingly restored, and situated next to recorded entries and information about their use and pilots. Pioneer aviators' gear and brief biographies are in the main building. Placard after placard relate stories of these aviation heroes, many of whose lives were ended prematurely by their dangerous occupation. WWII artifacts and accounts are also found inside. The interactive displays are also to look out for. A must-visit for history enthusiasts and the inquisitive ones.

A lovely playground with half moon sculptures, large picnic facility and one of the best playgrounds in the city, it is a long grassy area parallel to the Chester Creek Greenbelt trail. It acts as a pausing place for trail users, a play area for nearby residents and a social gathering place for family picnics. Whether you drive to the park to relax or use the trails for biking, rollerblading or walking, this is a delightful recreation spot with trees, grass and benches for people watching.

This grassy, garden strip (11 blocks long and one block wide) was designed as a fire protection strip for the downtown district. Later, it acted as a landing strip for the city. Now, it is a recreational area with eight tennis courts, space for flying kites, ball fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts, a skating rink, a steam engine and a Veteran's Memorial. Named after the 1929 Anchorage mayor, James Delaney, it hosts several festivals each year.

Spanning 110-acre (44.5 hectares), the Alaska Botanical 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 (1.9 kilometer) hike provides views of the Chugach Mountains. One unusual feature is a still-used dog-mushing trail that travels through the garden.

View 85 species of wildlife from the Arctic, including glacier bears, grizzly bears, and black bears, on this 25-acre (103 hectare) wooded area. Other creatures that can be found here include caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, Musk-ox and many others. Some non-Alaskan species such as elephants, Bactrian camels and even a Siberian tiger are housed in the zoo as well. A gift shop and a refreshment stand are on the premises for anyone who needs a little pick-me-up.

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.

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