Anchorage Ways to Play This Summer

OK, parents. Summer vacation and a gradual reopening of Alaska have both begun. Slowly, tourism-based businesses in the greater Anchorage area are opening their doors and welcoming visitors who are just as glad as they to be out of the house. With Alaska’s mandated 14-day inbound travel quarantine still in effect, the state is at […]

Earth Day in Alaska: Try these activities around the state, or at home

An ode to Earth Day, with love from Alaska. On this day in 1970, a collective of humans around the nation gathered in their respective regions to give voice to the modern environmental movement. I was two.  During this niche of history, people were using vast quantities of fossil fuels, particularly leaded gas for their […]

Balto Seppala Park — Anchorage Parks Are Still Full of Fun

We’re one month into Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s “hunker down order,” and families are getting restless. Schools are now closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 year; parents are still figuring out this new normal of work-from-home/school-from-home system; and playgrounds are closed. But Anchorage parks are still open and ready to welcome your family for […]

‘A’ is For Abbott Loop Community Park: Anchorage parks roundup

Last week, the Municipality of Anchorage formally announced the closure of all park playgrounds, sport courts, and ice rinks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this didn’t meet with approval among all city residents, the vast majority, while disappointed, realized the necessity. Anchorage parks represent 223 sites that vary among grassy fields, trails, […]

Stay Off Playgrounds During COVID-19: 10 things to do instead

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is upending our lives in ways large and small. As each state or community’s “shelter-in-place” or “hunker down” orders stretch far beyond what we initially thought, it’s becoming harder and harder for many parents to find ways to keep kids active. Here in Alaska, mandates have set forth a list […]

Best Anchorage Iditarod “Watch Spots” for Families

The 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual event celebrating Alaska and the irrepressible spirit of its canine athlete teams. Held the first full weekend in March, the Iditarod is a longtime favorite of winter visitors to Alaska, and a symbol of the Last Frontier’s dedication to its people. Of course you all […]

Alaska On the Go Show – Exploring Anchorage

Show #2 – Anchorage  The “big city” of Anchorage was the topic of discussion on last week’s Alaska On the Go Show, proudly heard on KONR-LP 106.1 FM each Wednesday afternoon.  Ruth Kimerer joined me in the studio, sharing her 20+ years of residency in Anchorage and a long career in the Alaska tourism industry.  […]

You Are Here: What to do in Anchorage this winter

Howdy, dedicated AKontheGO’ers, it’s nice to be back at the keyboard after a busy fall of trips and their planning. I went to Juneau for the Alaska Travel Industry Association Convention, then jetted to Las Vegas to represent my AK writing cohorts for the annual Alaska Media Road Show. And, everywhere in between, I schlepped […]

Beluga Cabin at Bird Creek a Perfect Fall Destination

The birch forest around the Alaska State Parks’ Beluga Cabin rang with shouts and laughter last Saturday as the second Family Adventure Day kicked off in fine style. A project between AKontheGO and State Parks, the event is one of several designed to give parents and kids a heads up into seasonal family fun available […]

Alaska Flightseeing With Rust’s Flying Service

The tagline of Rust’s Flying Service is “Make it epic.”   Soaring over some of the most pristine landscapes on the planet, keeping an eye out for moose or bears, or transiting between fishing camps or remote lodges, all while bundled in a small plane. THAT’S epic. And that’s Rust’s.  Serving Alaska for more than 50 […]

Slam’n Salm’n Fishing Derby Hosts Kids Day

Anchorage’s largest salmon derby, the Slam’n Salm’n King Derby, is scheduled for June 14-23 on the banks of Ship Creek. Anglers will have the opportunity to cast a line to help others, while also fishing for a chance to win exciting prizes. Fishing kids (and the grownups who love them): Saturday, June 15 is the […]