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The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

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.

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Valley of the Moon Park

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.

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Bear Tooth Theater Pub

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.

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Center Bowl

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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The Lakefront Anchorage

Situated on the shores of Lake Spenard, this hotel offers free 24-hour shuttle service to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and downtown Anchorage. It features on-site dining and guest rooms with complimentary WiFi access. Each guest room at The Lakefront Anchorage includes dark hardwood furniture and cable HDTV. A refrigerator, coffee maker, and an in-room personal safe are featured. The on-site gym boasts floor-to-ceiling mirrors, while additional features at the property include a private float plane dock and on-site parking. A business center and concierge services are available. The Flying Machine Restaurant, part of the The Lakefront Anchorage, serves Alaskan seafood and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Fancy Moose Lounge has a full-service bar and offers casual American cuisine. Kincaid Park is a 10-minute drive from The Lakefront Anchorage. Alaska Pacific University is 5 miles away.

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Alaska Museum of Natural History

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.

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Alaska Aviation Museum

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 relates stories of these aviation heroes, many of whose lives were ended prematurely by their dangerous occupation. WWII artifacts and accounts are here also, giving testament to the prominent role Alaska played during that war.

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Alaska Botanical Garden

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.

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Alaska Zoo

View 85 species of wildlife from the Arctic, including glacier bears, grizzly bears, and black bears, on this 25-acre wooded area. Other creatures that can be found here include caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, musk oxen 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.

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