Anchored down in Anchorage . . . What to do?
March 12, 2010 7:04 AM Subscribe
Anchorage, next week. What's going on? What should I check out? Where can I take some lively kids? Take a family to dinner? Hide with my laptop?
posted by fourcheesemac to Travel & Transportation around Anchorage, AK (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I need to spend most or all of next week in Anchorage, Alaska. I've never been anywhere in town but the airport hotel (I've spent a lot of time on the North Slope, however). I'll be busy with a complicated and somewhat stressful multi-family medical situation (not to put too fine a point on it), but in between things I'd like to take in some of the city. I'll have a car, at most a 3 or 4 hour window, so long drives out of town, alas, are out. But I'm interested in the city's culture, especially its Native culture and working-class communities. Offbeat is fine -- a lively blue collar bar with music would be awesome. Or a crazy artisan's shop. High school sports events. Native art galleries. Like that. Little unsung gems off the tourist beat.
That's for me. But . . .
Here's another twist: there may be (day)times when I will have little kids with me (babysitting), in the age range of 3-9 or so, and in search of something to do with them that isn't a movie and that will be light and cheerful fun -- a kids' museum, even a kid-friendly mall, something indoors, safe, and non-constraining for kids who might need some cheering up. Something outdoors (but not too rugged, since toddlers could be involved) would probably work too.
Places to take large families to dinner that are inexpensive, casual, and not Denny's would be awesome too.
Non-chain places to take one or two adults for coffee and quiet talk, or where I could sit and work on the laptop (ie, some sort of wireless access, paid is fine, Starbucks is the provider of last resort) would round out the list. I'm staying near the airport (nasty, I know, driving is no issue). But a near-ish place with wireless to work away from my hotel room would rock.
Thanks so much!