Finding a place to enjoy a few hours of fun far away from the frigid Anchorage climate is on the forefront of many people's minds—especially during wintertime. Fortunately, this Alaskan city has plenty to offer in the arena of indoor entertainment and activities. Here are a few hotspots around town favorited by locals and visitors alike.
H₂Oasis Indoor Waterpark
Visitors are awash with joy with more than 56,000 square feet of wet and wild fun at H₂Oasis Indoor Waterpark in Anchorage. As one of the largest venues of its kind in the United States, this tropical island paradise is a welcomed respite amid the Last Frontier. Prepare for impressive water-powered coaster rides like the Master Blaster and the Flume Orange Slide, or take it slow and easy down the Lazy River or in the giant Alaskan Hot Tub. It's well worth the price of admission for an entire day of indoor fun—with or without the sun!
Alaska Museum of Science & Nature
Alaska is rich with history, and there is no better place to soak in the anthropological wonders hailing from the region than the Alaska Museum of Science & Nature. The museum is designed to be both engaging and informative for visitors of all ages, and there is a special kid's zone where the most curious minds can seek and explore to their heart's content. It's a great place to spend the day, especially for those interested in learning more about Alaska's culture, geology, ecology and unique history.
Don't be fooled by the name, as there's more than wild putts going on at Putters Wild in Anchorage on any given night. A highlight is the venue's indoor 3-D blacklight 18-hole miniature golf course. Wear special glasses to enjoy the special effects featuring eye-popping, ocean-themed murals and addictive interactive obstacles. The course even offers re-play chances and is wheelchair, stroller and walker accessible.
Love video games? There's no comparison to traditional gaming once you step inside one of the cutting-edge virtual reality booths. Step into a whole new world and battle the zombie apocalypse, take a roller coaster ride, test your sky-walking skills, or take on a friend (of foe) in a boxing match. Those who want a hands-on game can bounce over to the trampoline basketball course for a one-of-a-kind hooping experience.
Alaska Aviation Museum
Spend the day at the world's largest seaplane base with a visit to the Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage. There are four impressive exhibition hangars filled with vintage air crafts for viewing and photo opportunities. Watch incoming and outbound flights from the Seybert Tower Deck, and test your skills on one of the virtual reality flight simulators. Visitors can even watch as volunteers perform restoration work on the planes in the museum.
With so many indoor activities in Anchorage, there's no need to stay at home on a rainy or snow-bound day, so go out and live it up at any of these fun destinations.
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