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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was one of the most wonderful experiences in Alaska!! I saw a Bear getting its daily bath, very big, very bautiful! a really nice place if you want to see wild animals

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank abaquer0
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed watching our bears eat and play in their pond. We hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Alaska Conservation Center is one my favorite places to take people who come to visit. The cost for admittance is so very reasonable, especially for Alaska! It's a drive thru park, but they have it set up well so you can park at different...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cindy P
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Cindy, thank you for visiting and for your kind words. We're glad you enjoy your visits with us and hope you'll continue to tell your friends and family about your positive experiences with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was born and raised and still live in Alaska. I love this place and try to go once a year. Always a great experience and love the animals and how close you can get to them.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 490fitness
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, and thank you for your kind words. We're glad you enjoy your visits with us and hope that you'll continue to come by and see our animals for many years to come. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We became members before our trip so we could visit a few times. I suggest parking and walking around - this was our first view of a moose & bears. Great photo opps- keep up the great work! They also had the best t-shirt designs...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We appreciate you becoming members and are glad you enjoyed seeing our moose and bears. We hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visit here often and it’s always so much fun. We bring family here whenever they visit and it’s lived by all ages. The new bear exhibit is great. I could watch the bears eat all day. Definitely a must visit!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank egaskie
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoy visiting us with your friends and family, and we're glad you enjoy our bears and the bear's boardwalk! See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Animals looked well cared for. It was feeding time when we arrived. Duwane was very friendly and feeding Snicker the porcupine. Duwane was very informative and engaging. All animals looked healthy and well cared for. My only complaint was that when 5 of us walked...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit but are sorry you had a bad experience at the gift shop. Our gates close at 4:00PM and all guests are asked to be off property by that time, so that is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to take the family for up close views of big Alaskan animals. The bears are really fun to watch!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Julie B
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Julie, thanks for visiting and for the kind words. We're glad you enjoyed watching the bears and that you got to share the experience with your family. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love going to the ConservationCenter! There are so many animals to see that you normally don’t see on a hiking or backpacking trip. If the bears aren’t sleeping, then definitely check them out. There’s also a black bear and an arctic wolf.

Date of experience: June 2018
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PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Hannah, thanks for visiting and for your kind words. We're glad you enjoy your visits to the AWCC and hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experiences with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic day at the Conservation Center. I chose to book the Walk on the Wild Side Tour in the hopes of getting up close to more of the animals. Our guide was Duane, and we could not have asked for better. I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, thank you for visiting and for your kind words. We're very glad you enjoyed your Walk on the Wild Side tour and I'll be sure that Duane hears that you had such a nice time! We hope you'll tell your friends and family about...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since I only had one day in Anchorage, I visited this place as part of an organised tour. Great place to see animals that otherwise would be difficult to spot in the wild. Nice winter wonderland with animals.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fernandodiaz12
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed the winter scenery of Portage and got a chance to see our animals. We hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

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brashandsassyjt
March 17, 2018|
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Response from magokoro51 | Reviewed this property |
I went in the afternoon and I was able to see all the animals except the bear for obvious reasons. I honestly can say that most of the animals are exposed constantly, so I don’t think I will matter at what time of the day... More
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MonteNeece
February 16, 2018|
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Response from Chris G | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the situation. If the animals are felt to be able to safely survive on their own, they will get released back into their native habitat. I know they have a bison program where that is their ultimate goal. On... More
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Alexander V
January 2, 2018|
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Response from Magnolia13 | Reviewed this property |
In Fairbanks, the two really nice activities are the gold mine dredge tour and the riverboat cruise with lots of activities and sights along the way, ( the boat cruise includes lunch on land, then cruising by a sled dog... More
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Travel Forum Posts
sarahmakes6
Salem, Oregon
Palmer or Wasilla? (31 Replies)
I could use a little help deciding on a little bit of the itinerary for my husband and myself. We're traveling on business and tacking on a couple of days. Here's the plan so far: 7/17 - 7/18 Tahkeetna & Denali flightseeing (2 nights) 7/19 - (1 night) 7/20 - 7/23 - (4 nights) Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage for a conference. The conference will take us on a Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise, to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation...More
May 04, 2013|
Response fromScott|
I wouldn't just pick a town without knowing what you want to do. Since you'll have been north on the Parks Hwy To Talkeetna, I'd head east on the Glenn Hwy to the Matanuska Glacier (through Palmer) do a trek on it (search Mica Guides) and possibly visit nearby Independence Mine.
Jinesh S
Please review my itinerary (7 Replies)
Hi Tripadvisors, After doing some research this is the itinerary which I have currently come up with. 2 of us (in twenties) planning to reach Anchorage on Aug 25th night (from Dallas) and fly out of Anchorage on Aug 31st night. Request you all to please review the same! Monday, 8/25 : Reach Anchorage at night Tuesday morning: Visit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tuesday afternoon: Bike Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Tuesday night: Drive to Seward Wednesday : Full day Small...More
July 11, 2014|
Response fromScott|
You might want to reverse the Wildlife Conservation Ctr and Bike Tony Knowles Trail (unless you mean this to be the Bird Creek Trail) as the Conservation Ctr is 50 miles south of Anchorage and the Tony Knowles Trail is in Anchorage. You'd be duplicating an extra 100 miles (50 back & forth) of driving on your way to Seward. WIth that time saving you could walk into Byron Glacier (near Conservation Ctr) on Tuesday. Otherwise, you'e a nice itinerary. I like it because you are doing a few...More
LoveToTravel524
Santa Cruz, California
Our final day / Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and ??? (7 Replies)
We are a family of 12 doing a whirlwind trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage first week of September. While in Anchorage we are booked for 26 Glacier Cruise Tour (& Train) out of Whittier and the 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise out of Seward. Our last day in Anchorage our flight does not depart until 1am so we truly have all day to do something. There will be 6 of us at that point and we have a rental car. We are very interested in visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center....More
July 13, 2017|
Response fromtrektheusa|
You could go to the Alyeska resort in girdwood, ride the tram, eat a meal. There's aso the portage glacier nearby the WLCC. The market is nice but that's about an hour at most to see everything. You can ride the TKCT roundtrip to kincaid park in about 3 and a half hours for most folks.