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    17. Get up close to amazing
critters at the 200-
acre Alaska Wildlife
Conservation Center. Tour
the scenic 1.5-mile loop by
foot, by bike, or by car, or even
while gliding on your cross-country skis or AWCC’s complimentary kick-sled rentals.
18. Take a tour of a historic site. Find a list of
18 ideas, plus a map, at
19. Go on a fall camping trip.
26. Warm up. Go for a soak at Chena Hot 26 Springs.
27. Fish on! Fall is a great time to fish! With
fewer fishermen, beautiful fall colors and crisp days, time will fly by as you cast for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, grayling, steelhead and silver salmon.
28. Visit the Alaska Zoo. The popular Zoo Lights 28 season runs from late Nov. to early March
on Thurs.-Sun. nights. Enjoy strolls along zoo trails with dazzling canopies, animal lights and moving displays. Free with general admission.
29. Sign up for fall swim lessons at your
20. Enjoy an apple cider or a
pumpkin spice latte.
21. Bundle up and head to the beach
one last time! Bishop’s Beach in Homer is a favorite summer destination with its picnic areas, BBQ stations and miles of beautiful beach. After a crisp-autumn beach walk, head over to Two Sisters Bakery for some hot sticky buns.
22. Plan a family-friendly fall weekend trip to
family’s favorite gym or indoor pool.
Here are some options: The Alaska Club’s Starfish Academy in Eagle River, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla; Anchorage Community YMCA; Swim Alaska, Wasilla; Swim Fit Alaska, Fairbanks.
Alyeska Resort. Ride the Alyeska Tram and enjoy spectacular fall colors and get a bird’s- eye view from the top of Mt. Alyeska. Swim in the resort’s pool, eat pizza and watch
a movie.
23. Ride an ATV. Join Alaska Backcountry
23 Adventure Tours for an ATV ride through the
Alaska fall colors. They continue as long as there’s no snow.
24. See marine life up close at the Alaska 24 SeaLife Center, open year-round.
25. Explore Creamer’s Field Migratory Bird 25 Refuge in Fairbanks with its many fall-time
treasures. Walk along the level, well- maintained paths while checking out the foliage, birds and more. Over 30,000 tundra swans begin to arrive in mid-October and stay through December.
30. See the Northern Lights. By the time 30 September rolls around, true night skies have returned to Alaska and that means
the northern lights (or aurora borealis) can be viewed again. Interior Alaska provides some ideal viewing opportunities. Other Aurora hot spots include the Eagle River Nature Center (, Alyeska Resort ( and Flattop Mountain. To check the Aurora forecast, visit gi.alaska. edu/auroraforecast.
31. Catch a college game. Whether it’s
volleyball or basketball, cheer on the
UAA Seawolves or the UAF Nanooks.
Ticket prices vary depending on team and location. For scheduling and ticket info, visit or
32. Get more ideas for fun events: Visit our
family-friendly calendar at alaskaparent. com/calendar. fall 2021 alaska parent 41

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