Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
2919 W International Airport
Anchorage, AK 99502
Phone: (907) 243-8080
Fax: (907) 243-8100
One block from the new Long House Alaskan Motel, on the shores of Lake Spenard, sits this park boasting views the largest float-plane runway in the world. With nearly constant take-offs and landings in summer, this is a great place to picnic and enjoy an air show. A roped off swimming area, playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms and volleyball court are all part of the facilities. A lifeguard is on duty from 10:30am to 5:30pm daily during summer months.
Anchorage Day Fishing is a great fishing trip, you'll be picked up at your hotel then flown to Lake Creek where you can fish the rest of the day. You can fish for five different types of salmon, depending on the season, including King Salmon and Northern Pike. The trip includes a lunch and fishing gear, but you would have to bring the proper clothing and a fishing license.
With a picnic shelter, four tennis courts for public use, a playground and walking trails, this is a small and lovely wooded park offering a great place to relax while your kids play. This park is named for one of the founding fathers of Anchorage who was instrumental in bringing the Teamster's Union, fresh produce grocery stores and more to Alaska. The Carr family owns many businesses within the city and generously contributed this parcel of land and the finances to develop this park in the memory of "Pop".
Whatever activity your youngster is interested in, the staff here has got it covered. Events include summer gymnastics and bike camp mornings which start at 9am with a three hour gymnastics class, or if you prefer, some biking. Breaks for snacks are factored in for both morning and afternoon; lunches are available for $4 on site at the center. Afternoons are divided between arts and crafts, computer time, field trips, its 7,000-square foot climbing gym and much more.
Providing 50-years of service, this is one of the oldest companies in Anchorage. Year-round scheduled passenger services offer transportation to many outlying areas of Alaska from Anchorage, while their flight-seeing trips offer charter and scheduled flights for the viewing and activities chosen by the passengers. You may choose a DC-3 nostalgic flight with its 40s theme of music and decor included on a flight-seeing trip to one of several majestic destinations from $229 per person. Or take the helicopter flights that will land on glaciers for heli-hiking and other activities.
Whether you seek a rental or sale, this shop offers bikes by Marin, Rocky Mountain and more. Its service includes regular tune-ups, as well as carrying a full selection of accessories and installations. Check out the rentals, competitively priced for all-day at USD40. Be sure to ask for trails that are of your level and interest and the professionals here will be able to guide you. A quick lesson about the bike, answers to your questions, and you're on your way.
A lovely area, large and grass covered with playground equipment, a ball field and a terrific view of the Inlet from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that runs through its west side. Benches line the trail at the best viewing point and just behind them grow lush flowers in summer. Just north of Earthquake Park you may wander three-quarters of a mile south on the walking trail to look at the earthquake's effects. There are no restrooms or facilities at either park. This is a no admission fee area.
This park may be driven to, or accessed by walking down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from downtown (about 1 mile south on the trail). The park includes a fitness area with pull-up bars, sit-up bench and other fitness equipment. Paralleling the Westchester Lagoon, it features a dock, a maintained skating rink during winter and benches to rest on while viewing the Lagoon. There are also bike lock-up areas and a tiny police substation. This is a no fee area.
On the scenic shores of Jewel Lake, this park contains many family oriented facilities. A sectioned swimming area is available for those who are brave enough to test the chilly waters. Families enjoy the picnic facilities, restrooms, playground equipment, barbecue grills, volleyball and softball playing fields. Fishing, 50 feet from the swimming area, is permitted with the appropriate license. A lifeguard is on duty from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during summer months. There are no admission or day use fees.
Departing from Whittier (90 minutes from Anchorage, which may be reached by rail, too) this tour is a relaxing five-hour boat tour that cruises through the calm waters of Prince William Sound. All cruises are narrated by Uniformed National Park Rangers. Stopping to drift in front of the glaciers along the way allows for many sightings of the spectacular "calving" process, which is how icebergs are born. The tour offers Baked Salmon and Prime Rib all-you-can-eat meal served buffet style with a dessert bar. Several other tours are available also, but this is the tour nearest Anchorage.
A lovely playground with half moon sculptures and a large picnic facility it is a long grassy area parallel to the Chester Creek Greenbelt trail. It acts as a pausing place for trail users, a play area for nearby residents and a social gathering place for family picnics. Whether you drive to the park to relax or use the trails for biking, rollerblading or walking, this is a delightful recreation spot with trees, grass and benches for people watching. Admission is free.
Used by bikers, hikers, cross-country skiers, roller-bladers and families with strollers, the greenbelt travels for miles. Along the way, there are two tennis courts that may be reached from that intersection of the trail. Use extra care in winter, because this trail fills with moose drawn by the aspens that line the paved walkway. Fishing is permitted (with license). During the salmon "runs," visitors can observe the thousands of mating fish in the creek. No fees charged. No rest areas are available.