What is there to do near Sky Land Airpark©?

Wasilla, Alaska’s sixth largest city began as a railroad crossing, bringing commerce and employment to the area. With the influx of passing gold miners and fishermen, the village grew into its own agricultural center.

The surrounding locations make it a good starting place for further exploration of Alaska and it also has its own fascinating history. Wasilla has a diverse range of things to offer its guests, from dog sledding to more mechanical transportation, native to more modern art forms.

Let’s take a look at some of Wasilla’s top attractions:

Sheep Creek Lodge

Considered by many to be one of the most spectacular structures along the Alaskan highway system, Sheep Creek Lodge’s strategic location, majestic appearance, fine dining, superior services and warm and friendly atmosphere has earned it various awards including being named Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Readers’ Choice Awards Best Lodge in the Valley for 2010 We offer the best in Alaskan cuisine and access to outdoor recreation including world-class hunting, fishing, hiking, snow machining, backpacking and other activities.

Iditarod Headquarters

The Iditarod dog sled race’s museum and gift store are located here.

You’ll find artifacts from past races, as well as the opportunity to meet dogs and their owners. For an extra cost, you can go on a dog sled trip with working adult dogs.

Both the local interpreters and the instructive video exhibited in the museum will teach you about the history of the race and how the dogs are raised.

Charter a Photography or Sightseeing Flight

You can charter a modest two-person sightseeing flight from the Wasilla Municipal Airport to obtain a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area.

You can select from a variety of destinations, such as the Knik Glacier and Lake George Glacier, wildlife tours, and even climbing 11,000 feet for breathtaking vistas of the Talkeetna Mountains.

Book your flights ahead of time, and be aware that poor weather may cause your trip to be rescheduled.

Moose on Parade

“Moose on Parade” is a fundraising event that helps the Denali Arts Council, the Talkeetna Historical Society, and the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce.  Wooden puzzle moose are elaborately decorated and auctioned.  Some of the moose can be found in front of local businesses, and can be a fun scavenger hunt activity when you’re walking around Main Street.

West Rib Pub Bar and Grill

Locals call it, “The Pub”, but it’s not your average burger joint.  Featured in Food Network’s Man vs. Food with host Casey Webb with the challenge of eating the entire Seward’s Folly.  It consists of 2lbs of caribou meat, ham, bacon, swiss cheese, American cheese and 1lbs of fries.  If you can defeat this monster, you’ll get a free t-shirt.

Talkeetna ATV Tours

One of the best ways to see parts of Talkeetna that many will not is by an ATV tour.  Activities include gold panning, target practice, and (of course) driving an ATV.

Kahiltna Birchworks

Kahiltna is one of the few birch syrup producers in the world, here you can take a tour and learn all about the process. Kahiltna Birchworks taps 11,000 paper white birch trees to produce this rare gourmet syrup. Birch trees do not produce the large amount of sap that maple trees do; therefore it is very difficult to create. It takes 110 gallons of birch sap to create 1 gallon of birch syrup.

Aurora Dora

Aurora Dora Photography, showcases amazing photography of Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.  They also offer small workshops that will teach you how to photograph the northern lights.

Nagley’s Grocery

Nagley’s is not just a grocery store, it is also a mini-museum and one of the oldest buildings in Talkeetna.  The store sells a small, diverse selection of grocery goods in addition to ice and one of life’s necessities when camping: s’mores ingredients.

Talkeetna Historical Society Museum

In the original schoolhouse built in 1936, this building holds Talkeetna’s vast memories from before Alaska became a state. In 1974, the schoolhouse was transformed into a museum. Displaying the region’s European and native history, you will also learn about the trappers, aviators, explorers, gold seekers, and adventurers who dared to create a life in the rugged Alaskan wilderness.

Glacier Tours

Talkeetna is the best location to book a tour to view some of Alaska and the world’s most iconic mountain glaciers. Denali National Park is home to these glaciers, and the only way to truly see them is by plane. On these scenic flights, you will fly over the immense ice fields of just a few of over 40 named glaciers.

Dorothy G Page Museum

This museum, located in the heart of town, provides you a taste of old Wasilla and its communities. In addition to the ancient town site, there are three galleries to visit.

The first gallery is a pop-up space that hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year.

The gallery on the lower level transports you to the Willow Creek Mining District in 1906. There are period relics on display, as well as documentaries about gold mining, the Mat-Su Valley railroad, and daily life in the Mat-Su Valley.

The third gallery, located upstairs, tells the story of Knik Trading Co and how the railroad shaped the town into what it is today.

Bearpaw River Brewing Company

Four brothers run the company. This small brewery is dedicated to brewing delicious beer for Alaskans.

You are welcome to come in and sample the various beers, as well as take some home with you.

The six-packs of IPA are the most popular. The beers are offered on tap, in kegs, and in bottles to go in a variety of styles.

The owners will be happy to converse with you while you sample the beers, and you can also take a tour of the brewery while you’re there.

Alaska Live Steamers

The ride on this miniature railway in Wasilla will appeal to both adults and children.

Miles of track wind through the forests, passing by minor Alaskan landmarks, settlements, and artist works along the way.

The entire journey takes about 30 minutes and is especially ideal for entertaining tiny children for a short period of time.

The steamboat club is located on Riley Avenue, not far from town, near Lucile Lake.

Wasilla Creek Wetlands Trail

A floating boardwalk that takes you through Wasilla Creek’s natural wetlands.

This is a simple trail that can be completed by even little children in thirty minutes to an hour, depending on your pace and how frequently you stop for photo opportunities.

You’ll get a great view of Pioneer Peak at the conclusion of the trek, and if you’re lucky, you might even see some wildlife. There are many different birds to see, as well as the possibility of seeing moose.

Extreme Fun Center

If you’re seeking for something exciting to do with the family on a wet day, a trip to the extreme fun center might be precisely what you’re looking for.

Bumper cars, indoor climbing, mini bowling, and a gaming arcade are among the activities available.

There is also a soft play area for younger children, which provides a safe and secure environment for them to enjoy.

Adults can relax and observe the youngsters while sipping a beverage from the café inside.

Nancy Lakes Recreation Area

This is a beautiful region, and considering you’re in Alaska, it’s surprisingly flat.

You can go for a day trip or overnight in one of the state park cabins scattered across the area.

You may walk through the woods, rent a canoe to explore the lake, or even go fishing with the locals.

The paths are utilized for dog sledding, skiing, and snow hiking in the winter.

As a result, it is a wonderful spot to visit at any time of year.

Wasilla Farmer’s Market

This market is a wonderful spot to explore and learn about local crafts, as well as speak with locals.

Handmade goods, wood crafts, locally created wool, art, and a variety of places to sample locally produced food are all available.

Every Wednesday, the market runs all day, allowing you to browse, shop, and then eat lunch or dinner while listening to live music.

Something to keep you occupied for the entire day.

Valley Aquatics and Reptile Rescue

In the heart of Wasilla, a locally run reptile rescue center can be found.

The owner looks after and rehabilitates rescued animals until they are ready to be adopted by a new home.

Large reptiles such American alligators, monitors, caiman, huge snakes, and bearded dragons can be found.

Come in to see the animals, learn more about them, and even adopt one of them.

Take a kayaking tour

Kayaking is one of the most popular outdoor sports in and around Wasilla, as there are several lakes.

You may hire kayaks and take them out on the water yourself, or you can join a kayaking tour.

If you’re new to the area, a tour will be beneficial, and it’s also a smart idea from a safety standpoint.

Life jackets, kayaks, and paddles are given, and if you are a beginner, you can take a starting lesson before getting out on the lake to learn the basics.

Kayaking is a popular outdoor sport to attempt, and it’s a great way to get a different perspective on the surroundings.

Glacier and wildlife viewing tours

Various wildlife and glacier day tours depart from the town and take in some of the most breathtaking vistas.

Hiking the glacier, panning in the independence mine, and traveling the Knik river while observing the plant life and surroundings are all options for the Knik Glacier and Knik River excursion.

Another tour option includes a visit to Anchorage, a drive along the National Scenic Byway, an aerial tram ride up Mt Alyeska, and a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre to witness wildlife.

Depending on the tour you choose, you may also get the opportunity to see bears in their natural habitat.

If you’re interested in taking a tour, look into the local tour firms and select your preferred choice.

Glacier and wildlife viewing tours

The Sleepy Hollow Golf Course and the Settlers Golf Course are the two golf courses in Wasilla.

Both courses have beautiful scenery and are full courses that can be played by both beginners and pros.

Both courses welcome families, so you can make an entire day out of it.

Play golf, take in the landscape, and eat a meal while you’re doing it.

Wasilla Lake

The town of Wasilla is situated between two lakes, Lake Lucille and Wasilla Lake.

The lakes are popular for swimming and relaxation, and there is always something to do.

Relax a boat ride, go kayaking, swim, or simply take in the view.

Newcomb Park, near Wasilla Lake, features a playground and a wonderful spot to explore.

Picnics, fishing, and even sunbathing are popular activities in the park throughout the summer.

Then, in the winter, there’s ice skating and hockey, as well as Christmas celebrations.