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Denali Visitor Center

Mile 1.5, Park Road, Denali National Park, Alaska
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Type: Nature & Gardens
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free

2 Reviews for Denali Visitor Center

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January 10 2011
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Especially good for kids interested in Alaskan animals. Hands on activities, life like replicas of animals, and ecosystems. Also has area with replica of old cabin, and early times in Alaska. Very clean. Small area, doesn't take a lot of time.Good for school age children. Also has nice bookstore.

December 23 2010
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"Great visitor center"

Denali National Park's Visitor Center is very classy.  It's a beautiful building set amid the pines and birches of this large National Park.  It's only a mile and a half in from the main highway and is a great spot to visit.

We walked into the front doors of the center, which happen to be on it's second floor and found ourselves and our 4 little kids surrounded by visitors and tourists crowding out the doors after watching a film in the theater.  We couldn't even make our way very far so we headed right back outside.  We found a map and found a couple of looping trails that were right outside and so we enjoyed an hour walk through the quiet woods.  

On our way back, we found the downstairs entrance which was not crowded at all.  I recommend starting at this place with your young kids!  A large moose greeted us and we found ourselves directly immersed with all the displays on the wildlife and scenery of Denali.  My young boys enjoyed the pull out drawers under the displays that showed burrowing frogs, different forms of moose scat and permafrost.  My 3 year old grinned at the big grizzly bear and I recoiled at the overly grown mosquitos.  

The stairs led us up to a large topo map and we saw our first and only view of Mt. McKinley (Denali).  After we got our National Parks Passport stamped at the front desk, we headed out to the dog sled demonstrations and enjoyed the rest of our time in Denali.

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