In Alaska, it's so tempting to pull over each time you see a moose walking down the shoulder of the road or a bald eagle perched on a stop sign to pose for a photo. Don't do it! Although Alaska's abundant wildlife seems to go about its business without being bothered by having humans around, the creatures are far from tame. A visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a much safer alternative to get a close-up of a bison, caribou, moose, and maybe even a brown bear. This is a drive-through center about 45 minutes south of Anchorage. You can also park your vehicle and walk through, which I highly recommend. There is an activities center that offers special events throughout the year. Kids (and adults!) will love stopping to chat with Jack the moose and trying to find the hiding porcupine.
Be aware that this area can be very muddy, so dress accordingly and maybe bring a change of clothing if you plan to get out and walk. In the summer it can get quite crowded with tourists and RVs. While admission may seem a little pricey for individuals, the maximum charge per carload is $30, and it supports the conservation center.
We spent 10 days in Alaska and this is one of the first places we visited on our stay. It is about an 1 hour form Anchorage and a beautiful drive along the Seward Highway. You can either drive through it in a car and get out, or walk. Here you will see bison, grizzly (if your lucky), deer, black bears, bald eagles, etc. The organization houses these rehabilitated animals which is great. It was a little pricey but it goes for a good cause. It take about an 1 hour to get through.