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

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: 435 W 10th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 274-3627
Web: www.glacierpilots.com

 

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Hiking, Biking & Trails

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail was named for the Anchorage mayor and Alaska governor. This trail extends for ten miles from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. The paved thoroughfare is popular with all kinds of outdoorsmen and athletic-types like in-line skaters, bikers, and walkers. The section of the trail that stretches through Westchester Lagoon is tagged as the "fitness trail" and features chin-up bars, steps and other items that encourage cross training among the trail's visitors. Also, the trail is not without its natural beauty, as moose, whales and birds can be seen from several vantage points.

Address: Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 257-2363
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 W 4th Ave #206, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 279-3334
Web: www.hike-anchorage-alaska.com

Kincaid Park
Kincaid Park is an impressive 1,400-acre park that boasts over sixty kilometers of outdoor trails that wind through the hills and birch and spruce groves. This park is literally a skier's dream, as most of these trails are lit to accommodate night skiing. The park is also the host of many ski competitions, including the Olympic tryouts. There is also a visitors center that features historic photographs and other interesting items. In the summer, the trails are excellent for hiking and biking, and the small pond nearby is usually stocked with trout or salmon.

Address: 9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502 - MAP
Phone: (907) 343-4355
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
Phone: (907) 277-4321
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 Blvd # 123, Eagle River, AK 99577 - MAP
Phone: (907) 343-1500
Web: www.muni.org

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.

Address: 610 S Bailey St #201, Palmer, AK 99645 - MAP
Phone: (907) 746-5000
Web: www.alaskavisit.com

 

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Plenty Of Thrills

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 Hwy, Indian, AK 99540 - MAP
Phone: (907) 444-6898
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.motoquest.com

 

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Leisure

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.

Address: Anchorage, AK 99540 - MAP
Phone: (907) 269-8700
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 Dr, Anchorage, AK 99503 - MAP
Phone: (907) 562-2695
Web: www.centerbowl.com