- Type: Sightseeing, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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If the thought of running into some of Alaska's four-legged friends in their natural habitat makes you nervous, visit them (safely) at the Alaska Zoo. This little zoo rescues numerous critters -- including moose, caribou, polar bears, seals and wolves, among others -- that can no longer survive in the wild. Anchorage's residents hold this quaint zoo close to their hearts -- they have even named all the animals housed there.
However, some recent visitors believe that the limited offerings and small habitats are drawbacks. According to one Yelp.com user: "I can't say it wasn't a touch depressing at times. Many of the cages do seem kind of small, and some of the animals looked a bit distressed ... Don't expect the lavish, sprawling habitats you see at a lot of bigger zoos. You can get a bit closer to them than in the wilderness, sure, but it's not nearly as awe-inspiring."
You'll find the Alaska Zoo sitting southeast of downtown along O'Malley Road. The animals welcome visitors every day, although hours vary depending on the season. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit the zoo's website.