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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tours

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Alaska is known for its wildlife, and at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center you can see an array of Alaskan species—bears, bison, moose, elk, musk oxen, and lynx among them—all in one place. Learn about each animal species from knowledgeable staff at this center that  works to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them to life in the wild.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Address: Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Alaska 99587, USA
Admission: Varies
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ExpressAttraction Tickets

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Express

This Tour is for those who are on a time constraint and budget. This is a direct shuttle to the Wildlife Center with a scenic stop at Beluga Point.
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center & Turnagain Tour with Walk in The RainforestNature and Wildlife

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center & Turnagain Tour with Walk in The Rainforest

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The Turnagain Arm boasts abundant Alaskan wildlife within easy access of the city of Anchorage. Learn about the local ecosystem from a guide with extensive knowledge about the area as you drive down the peninsula, with opportunities to spot wild animals in their natural environment as you go. A visit to the animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a drive past the glaciers on Portage Glacier Road are also included.
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Alaska Wildlife TourNature and Wildlife

Alaska Wildlife Tour

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Meet the animals of Alaska on a 4-hour tour from Anchorage. Travel down the gorgeous Seward Parkway along the Turnagain Arm waterway to viewpoints including the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Bird Point and Beluga Point. Take in the breathtaking scenery and look for wildlife, then continue to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, situated at the edge of Portage Valley. Go inside the sprawling nature preserve for injured animals to view large land animals up close. You can see critters such as fox, lynx, grizzly bear, caribou, wood bison and more.
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Wilderness, Wildlife & Glacier Experience from AnchorageDay Trips

Wilderness, Wildlife & Glacier Experience from Anchorage

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Get out of the city and deeper into the Alaskan wilderness than is typical on a sightseeing tour. This small-group tour takes you to Chugach National Forest, Beluga Point, Portage Glacier, and more to spot brown bears, wolves, bison, and belugas. Enjoy live commentary and learn about the unique landscapes of Alaska from your expert guide.
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Glacier Discovery TourDay Trips

Glacier Discovery Tour

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See the Portage Glacier on a small-group tour from Anchorage. Follow the scenic Seward Parkway through the breathtaking landscape of the Turnagain Arm waterway, stopping at Beluga Point and the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge to look for wildlife. Take a cruise on Portage Lake to observe the Portage Glacier up close, then check out wild animals that are being rehabilitated at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Stop for light snacks in the town of Girdwood near Mt. Alyeska and take in the Chugach Mountains before returning to Anchorage.
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Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer TourDay Trips

Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour

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You don't have to travel far from the city to see abundant Alaskan wildlife. On this tour to Turnagain Arm, you'll earn about the local ecosystem while looking out for wild animals in their natural environment. A visit to the animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a cruise to Portage Glacier are also included.
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Bears, Trains & Icebergs TourDay Trips

Bears, Trains & Icebergs Tour

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Busy travelers with only one day to spare can see the best of the Alaskan wilderness on a tour that combines a scenic train ride, river float, glacial lake paddle, and a visit to a wildlife conservation center. From taking photos with icebergs to seeing bears at the wildlife center, the mix of activities fulfills visitors’ Alaskan adventure dreams.
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Turnagain Arm TourDay Trips

Turnagain Arm Tour

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Experience the breathtaking landscape of the Turnagain Arm on a half-day tour with an informative guide. Ride along the scenic Seward Parkway to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point, stopping for photo ops and wildlife observation. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a large nature preserve where injured animals are rehabilitated. Continue to the town of Girdwood for lunch, then travel up into the Chugach Mountains for another great vantage point on the Turnagain Arm. Includes round-trip transportation from Anchorage.
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Seward to Anchorage Cruise Transfer and Private TourNature and Wildlife

Seward to Anchorage Cruise Transfer and Private Tour

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Explore fishing villages, traverse the Kenai Mountains, and spot Alaskan wildlife during a private transfer service between Seward and Anchorage. Getting from Seward to Anchorage presents a logistical challenge for visitors planning to fly out of Anchorage, but this tour turns your cruise ship transfer into a chance to explore Alaska. A private guide shapes the trip to fit your group’s interests and wraps up the day by showing you around Anchorage.
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Winter All-In-OneDay Trips

Winter All-In-One

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Experience Alaska in the twilight of winter on a tour that squeezes in all of the highlights surrounding Anchorage. Visiting Alaska in the winter is a magical opportunity ideal for travelers who want to avoid the summer crowds. However, winter conditions and limited daylight can make it tough to sightsee. Luckily, with this tour, you don’t have to worry about logistics or conditions and can focus on enjoying the sights.
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Alaska Wildlife Day Tour with Free Hotel PickupHalf-day Tours

Alaska Wildlife Day Tour with Free Hotel Pickup

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Experience some of the most beautiful scenery in Alaska and see an amazing range of Alaska native animals in a natural setting, all in an afternoon!
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Leave the Smoke Behind! Ice Cream To-Go Trip to AWCC & WhittierNature and Wildlife

Leave the Smoke Behind! Ice Cream To-Go Trip to AWCC & Whittier

Leave the Smoke Behind! Enjoy a personal car experience for a mini road trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) and Whittier, AK. Wild Scoops Ice Cream To-Go makes this one terrific Road Trip! Fresh air and clear harbor views await!
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Wildlife & Iceberg Kayak AdventureDay Trips

Wildlife & Iceberg Kayak Adventure

❖Paddle by kayak around icebergs and up close to the blue face of Spencer Glacier ❖Enjoy two Alaska Railroad Trains: The Coastal Classic & the Glacier Discovery Train, traveling thru the most scenic Grandview & Tunnels section of the AK Railroad. ❖Guaranteed Wildlife at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
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Winter - Wildlife & Turnagain Arm TourNature and Wildlife

Winter - Wildlife & Turnagain Arm Tour

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t the 140-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, jaws drop in awe-even those of longtime Alaskans. AWCC’s mission is to provide refuge for orphaned, injured and ill animals-those that can’t survive in the wild. The center also educates visitors about Alaska’s Wildlife. Amateur photographers have the opportunity to take award winning photographs of animals displayed in their natural surroundings.
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Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley Private TourDay Trips

Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley Private Tour

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Explore the natural beauty of the Turnagain Arm, Portage Valley and city of Anchorage on a customized full-day private tour with an informative guide. Ride a tram to the top of Mt Alyeska, explore the town of Girdwood, and gaze at the Portage Glacier during a cruise on Portage Lake. View Alaska's majestic wildlife during stops at scenic viewpoints and a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Then discover the best spots for restaurants and cultural attractions in Anchorage on a comprehensive city tour.
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 Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation CenterHalf-day Tours

Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on a self-guided tour from Anchorage via the Turnagain Arm shuttle. This tour is designed for the independent traveler, as there is no guide or tour group; you'll hop on the shuttle in Anchorage and enjoy the drive along one of Alaska's most scenic highways, making stops at Beluga Point, Turnagain Art Gallery, and Portage Glacier Lodge, where you can hop off, if you wish. When you're ready to go back to Anchorage, hop on any return shuttle.
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Should I book Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 15 Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center 2020?
A:
Currently, an entrance ticket to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center costs USD 69.00. Guided Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center tours start around USD 69.00 per person. See all 15 Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center tickets and tours on Viator.
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