Travel With Kids
Alaska is a playground for all ages. Designed for lots of outdoor play time, Alyeska Resort caters to families with easy access to nature trails, ample open space, the always-popular saltwater pool and kid-friendly dining options.
When it comes to tours and other activities, there are many that are perfect for families traveling with kids (and grandparents). Many tours and outings in Alaska can often include long-days of travel and regimented schedules. We encourage you to contact the Concierge Team so they can help identify activities and outfitters that are better suited for kids. Reach the Concierge at 907-754-2108 or via email.
For a list of kid-friendly winter fun, click here.
Resort-Area Kids' Activities
Economy aside, nearby kids' activities are always fun.
Right from the Resort
- Scenic Tram Ride – Take a ride on the scenic aerial tram and go up to 2,300 ft in elevation. Surrounded by spectacular views, the tram stops at the Upper Tram Terminal. Here, you can hike out to viewpoints along Mt. Alyeska and access a variety of hiking trails that will take you down to either the Hotel or ski area base. In the Upper Tram Terminal, find dining options, viewpoint deck with telescopes and the historic Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum (free admission). The museum takes you on a brief historical tour of the valley from native cultures to the mining boom to the original group of 11 ski enthusiasts who envisioned a ski area on Mt. Alyeska. The rich heritage of Girdwood Valley is captured through photographs, displays and more.
- Winner Creek Trail & Hand Tram – This nature trail starts just behind the Lower Tram Terminal and is the perfect introduction to a coastal temperate rainforest environment. Follow the well-maintained trail through a variety of native flora, sure to inspire the imagination. Before the three mile mark, there will be a hand tram that allows hikers to cross over Glacier Creek. Out and back.
- North Face Trail – This new trail opened in August 2009 and offers an adventurous journey up the scenic north face of the mountain. The trail starts just behind the Lower Tram Terminal, adjacent to the Winner Creek Trailhead. The trail is 2.2 miles in length, one-way, with continuous elevation gain. The first ½ mile of the hike follows a jeep road, narrowing to a single-track trail. For a less strenuous option, ride the Tram to the Upper Tram Terminal and walk the North Face Trail in reverse. Please hike carefully and bring water, snacks and rain layers. (Summer only)
- Berry Picking – Blueberries, wild raspberries, salmonberries, oh my! Berries are a staple in Alaska feeding bears, marmots and guests alike. Prime berry season starts late July through Labor Day Weekend. Grab a bucket and find your own secret stash.
- Girdwood Bike Path – Over four miles of paved bike path is available starting right from the hotel. The Girdwood Bike Path connects to the Bird Point Bike Path at the T-intersection of Seward Highway and Alyeska Highway. Bike rentals are available in the summer season from the Tram Ticket Office located on the second floor of The Hotel Alyeska.
- Snowshoeing – Moose Meadows, located across the hotel (about a five minute hike), offers the perfect setting for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Rental equipment available at the hotel.
- Ice-Skating –The pond at The Hotel Alyeska freezes and provides a fun skating surface in the winter (conditions permitting). Bring your own skates
Surrounding Area Kids’ Activities
- Girdwood Library – The community library offers kids’ programming and activities, and an extensive movie rental selection. Located at 250 Egloff Drive. 907-343-4024
- Girdwood Skate Park – Grab your board and head to the Girdwood Skate Park located at the new Girdwood Townsite. (Summer only)
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – Located just nine miles south of Girdwood, the non-profit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is open year-round. Home to a variety of native wildlife including brown and black bears, caribou, musk ox, bison, moose, elk, bald eagles, and an owl. On-site interpretative center and gift shop.