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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Alaska, 99587

The Basics

You can explore the center’s vast grounds on foot or by car via a scenic 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) loop marked with informational placards about the resident animals. Most travelers visit the center as part of a guided wildlife tour, which often includes a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm. You can also combine a visit to the conservation center with a cruise on Portage Lake for an up-close view of the magnificent Portage Glacier.

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Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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$129.00 per adult
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Great tour and guide.
This was a terrific tour because we had a great tour guide, Therron. He took his time, stopping at many wondwrful points of interest.
Anonymous, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Anchorage

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Enjoyable tour for viewing Alaskan animals and their habitants
Susan_M, Jun 2022
Alaska Wildlife Tour
Very enjoyable trip especially if one is passionate about nature and animals. Comfortable transportation and knowledgeable tour guide.
star-5
Recommend
Mayra_O, Jun 2022
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Wonderful tour! Thank you Arturo for being so knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour. Loved the glacier boat ride too!
star-5
Amazing Experience
Brian_E, Jun 2022
Alaska Wildlife Tour
Absolutely an amazing time Albert was beyond amazing as a quide..I highly recommend going on this tour..Thank you for a wonderful experience
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Close to nature
Rena_M, Jun 2022
Alaska Wildlife Day Tour with Free Hotel Pickup
Seeing the animals up close against the backdrop of stunning scenery. The guide was fantastic-so knowledgeable. Perfect afternoon.
star-5
Fulfillment of a Family's Dreams
Dallas_W, Jun 2022
Alaska Wildlife Day Tour with Free Hotel Pickup
It was all wonderful. Linda was awesome! She was training a new guide but he already seemed very knowledgeable. They were both so attentive and willing to take full family pictures that would have left someone out if not. To each of us the experience checked off dreams of a lifetime. We will be forever thankful for the experience. The Lord blessed us with this amazing state. Thank you
star-5
Great experience
Mikhail_M, Jun 2022
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Excellent tour, you will get to see a glacier and a park with animals. We were limited on time in Anchorage and glad we didn’t have to drive ourselves and find where to go. Our tour dude was friendly and punctual.
star-5
Dan was a great guide,...
Jamie_H, May 2022
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Express
Dan was a great guide, very knowledgeable. He even turned around so I could get a pic of the moose! We had a wonderful time! Thank you Dan!!
star-5
Wildlife Tour
Tunisia_L, Jun 2021
Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Chris was amazing. He was very familiar with the beautiful surroundings in Alaska. I enjoyed ever moment as we saw wildlife and nature. Thank you Chris this experience could not happened without you.
star-5
Lori, our guide, has such...
Edna_Y, May 2022
Alaska Wildlife Day Tour with Free Hotel Pickup
Lori, our guide, has such infectious enthusiasm for the animals- she knows their names so she is able to call them out. We had good timing- we saw the bears fed. We also saw the beautiful flight of canadian and snow geese. The van was also very comfortable. I highly recommend that you go with Lori -907tours for the trip to the Animal Conservatory shelter.
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Comprehensive Tour of the Anchorage Area
Shayne, Sep 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Arturo was a great guide. We was nice, answered all our questions, and gave us suggestions on further activities to do and places to see in Alaska. It was a comprehensive tour that showed us the highlights of Anchorage and nearby areas.
star-5
Fabulous full day!
Terry_D, Sep 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
Arturo was just like a member of the family…albeit so much better informed about Alaska than the rest of us. His fishing stories really brought the Anchorage area to life. He took extra care of us each step of the way, and these 6 hours just flew by!
star-5
See the animals of Alaska safely
David_T, Jul 2021
Alaska Wildlife Tour
We had Albert as our tour guide and he was awesome. He knew exactly where to stop so we could get great pictures. He was full of knowledge & made the journey even better.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a must-see for families and animal lovers.

  • Wildlife center tours from Anchorage typically last 4 to 6 hours, depending on the option chosen.

  • Remember to dress in layers; weather can change quickly in Alaska.

  • The center is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is about an hour southeast of Anchorage, just off the Seward Highway. There’s no public transportation to the center, so you have to drive yourself or join a tour from Anchorage, Seward, or the Whittier cruise ship terminal.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit the center is during the summer season (May to August), when it is open daily. You can visit throughout the year, but hours are limited during the shoulder seasons and colder winter months. Check with the center before you arrive for a current schedule of animal feedings and other special programs.

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Bringing Back the Wood Bison

Wood bison, North America’s largest land mammal, were thought to be extinct at one time, but thanks to the efforts of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, they’re making a comeback. In 2015, 130 wood bison were successfully released into the wild.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center?
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