Explore Anchorage like a local! With an unbeatable downtown location, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa places you near all of the city's best things to do, see, and experience. Whether you're traveling in Alaska for business or pleasure, our hotel is in the center of it all - and our team is ready to help you discover the city's most noteworthy attractions. Read our list below to learn more about things to do in Anchorage today, this weekend, and throughout the year.
Looking to get outside of Anchorage? Check out our full list of things to do in Alaska.
Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Located within walking distance of our hotel, Alaska's largest museum offers a combined appreciation of art, history, and science that fosters a deep understanding of the state's history and culture. The Imaginarium Discovery Center features hands-on science galleries, with things to do for visitors of all ages. This 9,000-square-foot center houses a planetarium and more than 80 exhibits.
If you're traveling to Anchorage with family, a visit to the Alaska Zoo should be at the top of your list of things to do. Featuring all of Alaska's wildlife, from Brown Bears and Caribou to the Golden Eagle and Snowy Owl, the zoo allows you to get up close and personal with all of these majestic creatures. It also provides the opportunity for special encounters with wolves, seals, big cats or polar bears.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a must-see during your Anchorage stay. It celebrates Native traditions and customs, with indoor and outdoor exhibits providing a hands-on experience to teach about the ways of the past, as well as today's culture. Native dance and drumming, storytelling, art, village tours, and film all combine to provide the a unique learning opportunity for all who visit.
Alaska Botanical Gardens
With 1,100+ species of hardy perennials, and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to experience the sub-arctic growing season, and to learn about flora native to Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage Golf Course
The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel's convenient location is the perfect destination for a golfer's getaway, putting you within minutes of some of the area's top courses.
5th Avenue Mall
Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall is a distinctive, five level shopping center surrounded by the buzz of Anchorage’s downtown core. Boasting more than 100 stores ranging from jewelry to electronics to women’s apparel, nowhere else in Alaska offers more choices.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors to the public in 1988. The Center schedules space use, provides production management and technical expertise, sells tickets, and provides services for more than 240,000 patrons who enjoy multiple musicals, concerts and shows annually.
Alpenglow Lodge and Arctic Ski Club
Spend your day out in the great outdoors enjoying skiing, snowboarding, or snowtubing at the Alpenglow Lodge and Arctic Ski Club.
Take a day trip on the Alaska Railroad and see the beautiful landscape of Alaska. There are numerous trips that take you out in the wilderness to hike, raft, ski, to see glaciers and more.
H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark
The H2Oasis Waterpark is an indoor waterpark featuring a lazy river, wave pool, slides, kid's pirate ship, 4 cannons, and more. This will be one of your family's favorite things to do in Anchorage. There's something for everyone at the H2Oasis Waterpark.
Egan Civic Convention Center
A place where visitors can do business, network, celebrate and be entertained. Enjoy 85,000 square feet and endless entertainment at Egan Civic Convention Center, one of the most popular entertainment facilities in Anchorage. Located in downtown, you won’t want to miss the next big Anchorage event.
Dena’ina Civic Convention Center
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Dena’ina Center offers nearly 200,000 square feet of event space. Hosting national conventions, tradeshows and special events, this state-of-the-art facility has breathtaking views, as well as indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.
Located at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Potter is ideal for birders and other wildlife viewers. Enjoy stunning views of Turnagain Arm from a wooden boardwalk that winds 1,550 feet through the marsh and across watery openings and sedges.
Anchorage Market & Festival
Held every Saturday and Sunday from May 11 - September 8. Located on 3rd Ave & C St, this is Alaska's largest open-air market. It consists of over 300 vendors selling everything from local produce to handmade goods from around the world.
Flat Top Mountain
Flattop Mountain is a 3,510-foot (1,070 m) mountain located in Chugach State Park just east of Anchorage; it is the most climbed mountain in the state. Flattop is known for its panoramic views of Anchorage and the surrounding area.
Alaska’s most famous bore tide occurs in Turnagain Arm, just outside Anchorage. This tide climbs up to 6 – 10 feet tall and can reach speeds of 10 to 15 miles per hour. Not only is it one of the largest in the world, but it is one of the most visually striking, it is surrounded by mountains and can be viewed from the road.
Portage Glacier, about an hour's drive from Anchorage, is Alaska's most visited tourist attraction. Hundreds of years ago the glacier filled the entire Portage Valley, a distance of 14 miles (23 km), and was connected to what are now five separate glaciers.
“Experience Entertainment…Alaskan Style!” Visit Sullivan Arena for a variety of local, regional, and national events. Offering something for everyone, this popular facility hosts an average yearly attendance of over 500,000.
Anchorage Local Area Map
- Alaska Botanical Gardens
- Alaska Experience Theater
- Alaska Railroad
- Alaska Zoo
- Alpenglow Lodge and Arctic Ski Club
- Anchorage Golf Course
- Hilltop Ski Area
- Sullivan Arena
- Tanglewood Lakes Golf Club & Dome
- Alaska Native Heritage Center
- Anchorage Museum of History and Art
- Eklutna Village
- Glacier Brew House
- Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse
- Simon & Seafort's
- Snow Goose Restaurant & Brwry
- 5th Avenue Mall
- Diamond Center Mall