Anchorage Sports and Recreation

Anchorage Sports and RecreationDespite the fact that Anchorage deals with cold weather most of the year, that doesn't seem to stop its residents from enjoying several opportunities to enjoy sports and recreation. From skiing and snowboarding to ice fishing and lots more, these seekers of fun and recreation know that while they may be in an icy part of the world, the quest for fun always keeps them warm.

 

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Pro Sports

Alaska Aces
There's plenty of icy sports action for hockey fans in Anchorage thanks to the Alaska Aces. Formerly known as the Anchorage Aces, this minor league ice hockey team is affiliated with the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues. The players take to the ice at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. They have two Kelly Cup championships under their belts, as they were victorious in 2006 and 2011.

Address: 724 East 15th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 258-2237
Web: www.alaskaaces.com

Anchorage Glacier Pilots
Baseball fans in Anchorage, head out to the ballpark to watch the Anchorage Glacier Pilots take to the diamond to play the sport known as America's favorite pastime. The Pilots are a summer college baseball team and are a member of the National Baseball Congress. They have won the NBC World Series in 1969, 1971, 1986, 1991 and 2001. Home games are played at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Address: 207 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99503 - MAP
Phone: (907) 274-3627
Web: www.glacierpilots.com

 

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Hiking, Biking & Trails

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
With over 135 miles of paved and 115 miles of unpaved wilderness trails, Anchorage is a top trail town! The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an eleven-mile trail that stretches along the city's scenic coastline from downtown all the way to Kincaid Park. Along the recreational trail, you will marvel at views of Sleeping Lady and Cook Inlet to the west and Chungach Range to the east.

Address: 900 West Second Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Web: www.anchoragecoastaltrail.com

Flattop Mountain
Flattop Mountain is Anchorage's most popular day hike. The mountain is a towering 3,510-foot formation and it proves to be the perfect hike for both veteran and beginning hikers. This is a 3-mile round trip hike that includes good views of Alaska Range, Cook Inlet and Anchorage itself.

Address: 333 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 279-3334
Web: www.hike-anchorage-alaska.com

Kincaid Park
Kincaid Park is accessible west on Raspberry Road by way of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and features 43 miles of well-maintained trails throughout its impressive 1,400 acres. This recreation trail was spotlighted by Runners World magazine as one of the top 50 running trails areas.

Address: 9401 West Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99502 - MAP
Phone: (907) 343-6397
Web: www.muni.org

Thunderbird Falls Trail
The Thunderbird Falls Trail is a relatively easy, 1.6 mile recreational hike through rolling terrain and a birch forest that leads to a viewing platform of the 200-foot-high Thunderbird Falls. This is an excellent choice for the novice hiker or if you want to enjoy a good hike but don't have an entire day to do it.

Address: Mile 25, Glenn Hwy, Anchorage, AK - MAP
Web: www.anchorage.net

 

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Watersports

Eagle River
Kayaking is always a challenging sport, but the adventure gets taken to the next level when you take on the Eagle River. The river offers challenging runs in its lower section or across the glacier-fed Eklutna Lake, which features strong currents that will test your command of the kayak even further.

Address: 12001 Business Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99577 - MAP
Phone: (907) 694-4702
Web: www.cer.org

Lakes
Jewel, Cheney and Campbell Point Lakes are all fine choices to experience the fun of canoeing and other water recreation. If you are closer to the central part of the city, Westchester Lagoon and Eklutna and Mirror Lakes are just a few minutes north of downtown.
Mat-Su Valley
If you have a motorboat, want to go jet skiing or enjoy other water sports, the Mat-Su Valley just north of Anchorage is a highly popular destination to enjoy that brand of aquatic adventure. There is also the very popular Nancy Lakes Recreation Area where you can light out on your own or perhaps take a jet boat tour of the northern and southern parts of Anchorage.

Web: www.alaskavisit.com

 

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Plenty Of Thrills

Horse Trekken
It doesn't get more rustic than looking at the world from horseback. So hop in the saddle with Horse Trekken and prepare yourself for a recreational horseback riding adventure unlike anything else. The year round horse adventure in Anchorage features guided trail rides in Anchorage Forest or the Chugach Mountains. There are lunch or dinner rides depending on the time of day you choose to visit. All ages and experience levels are welcome of this one-of-a-kind adventure you'll never forget.

Address: 2421 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, AK 99507 - MAP
Phone: (907) 868-3728
Web: www.horsetrekkinalaska.com

Indian Valley Mine
Experience what it was like to pan for gold as you travel back in time to when Anchorage was the crossroads for gold rush adventurers. Maybe you'll hit the motherlode as you pan for gold in a setting that most closely resembles that of the early pioneers. It will be a fun afternoon of learning (and panning) for the whole family at Indian Valley Mine.

Address: 27301 Seward Highway, Indian, AK 99540 - MAP
Phone: (907) 653-1120
Web: www.indianvalleymine.com

MotoQuest
There's nothing like the roar of the motor as you take on the world from behind your sunglasses and helmet when you rev up your motorcycle for a specialized tour courtesy of MotoQuest. The company offers motorcycle rentals, tours and self-guided adventures that will allow you to explore some of Alaska's most stunning terrain from an entirely new perspective.

Address: 4346 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK 99517 - MAP
Phone: (907) 272-2777
Web: www.motoquesttours.com

 

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Leisure

cabins
Want to go camping but just not sure where to pitch your tent? Luckily, you wont' have to worry about setting up camp if you opt to stay at one of Alaska's many public use cabins. These cabins are located on trails, lakes, streams, ocean shorelines and in alpine areas. They are managed by different public agencies and while each have specific rules for rental, they offer a rustic place to sleep and prepare meals. You are responsible for your own food, cook stove, cooking utensils, water and bedding.

Address: More Than 200 Opportunities
Web: www.alaskacenters.gov

Bird Creek
Got your rod and reel but don't know where to cast your line? Two of the most popular fishing spots near Anchorage are Bird Creek and Mat-Su Valley Lakes. Bird Creek is where you may find silver and good pink salmon at the end of your line. The creek is about an hour's drive south of downtown Anchorage. The Mat-Su Valley Lakes are about 40 minutes north of town and the quiet atmosphere is a welcome getaway where you can catch trout, Arctic Char and landlocked salmon.

Web: www.alaska.org

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Alaska's wildlife is everywhere, but to leisurely observe some species can be a challenge. Luckily, you can relax and ease up to a moose or a young deer, maybe take a look at a herd of reindeer or snap a photo of a bull elk. All of this is possible at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Address: Mile 79, Seward Highway, Portage Glacier, AK 99587 - MAP
Phone: (907) 783-2025
Web: www.alaskawildlife.org

Center Bowl
There's lots of fun and recreation to be had indoors at Center Bowl, also known as Thunder Alley. Join your friends for a few frames in this state-of-the-art-bowling facility that offers a great place to improve your game; the kids will love the game room and you can take a break yourself by shooting pool or enjoying a snack and a beverage at the well-stocked concession counter.

Address: 3717 Minnesota Drive, Anchorage, AK 99503 - MAP
Phone: (907) 562-2695
Web: www.centerbowl.com