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“Except for the security check, wonderful”

Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center
Ranked #19 of 230 things to do in Anchorage
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Owner description: Learn about Alaska's wildlife and wilderness through a scavenger hunt for children.
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Because it's a federal building, you have to go through a metal detector. I wish they built a different entrance to the building to avoid that.

Once inside, it's a full on visitor center with informative rangers, museum quality displays, gift shop, and a movie. They have several national park passport stamps, but unfortunately, none for Katmai.

Well worth a visit, centrally located in downtown.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This information center is one of four established by a coalition of public land administrations in Alaska. If you are going into any National Park, State Park, or other public land, or even if you are not, you should go here first. It's free.

Available in the Center are

A large, comprehensive collection of exhibits on the Alaskan wilderness. The exhibits are organized by region, so you can get a glimpse of those regions you intend to visit, and those that you do not.

A theater showing some seven excellent short films on Alaskan history and wildlife. We saw one on the 1964 earthquake (The Day the Earth Shook), one on the bears of the McNeil River Sanctuary (A Gathering of Bears), and one on the Klondike Gold Rush (Gold Fever). All were excellent.

Walking tours and live programs. We took the Captain Cook Walking Tour, which, within a six-block area of downtown Anchorage, provides a concise, witty, and comprehensive history of Alaska from the time of the land bridge to Asia to the that of the Alaskan Oil Pipeline. Highly recommended.

The staff at the Center are park rangers. They are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and friendly.

A tip: although admission is free, the Center is located in the Federal Building. You'll need a photo ID. Both you and your possessions will be screened.

1  Thank Henry H
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Be aware that you do have to go through a security process. The rangers on duty were very informative and clearly enjoyed their career choice. The animals on display were fascinating. An educational stop for sure. There is a little gift shop area and clean restrooms. We did not watch the movie that was available, however, one couple in our group did and they enjoyed it.

1  Thank Andrea H
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a great place to visit ! It is free and very informative about Alaska. They have short 20 minute films every half hour on a variety of Alaska topics including: The 1964 Earthquake, Denali, the Alaska Railroad and the McNeil River salmon eating bears. The day we were there they also had a guest speaker talking about the Northern Lights.

1  Thank rww1794
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

You do need to go thru a screening to enter but it's worth it. Entrance is free. It has public restrooms. The staff are very helpful in answering questions about what to do and about Alaska. There are free movies about various topics showing all day that are worth watching.

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