Summer is in full swing, and the Alaska Zoo is celebrating with extended seasonal hours. Open from 9am to 9pm June through August, the zoo welcomes visitors to bask in the sunlight while strolling through the grounds and watching resident animals enjoy the season.
From launching the “Ice Day at the Zoo” event to bringing back the popular Live Music Saturdays and Wildlife Diaries this year, the Alaska Zoo has summertime events and activities for visitors of all ages. Access to these events is included in the price of zoo admission and, of course, Alaska Zoo members can attend for free. Check out the Alaska Zoo’s calendar for more summer fun:
Every Tuesday from June through August, the Alaska Zoo hosts Wildlife Diaries. The educational series, sponsored by ConocoPhillips, begins at 7 p.m. on the coffee shop lawn. Each week, one of the zoo’s staffers discusses a different wildlife topic and visitors are encouraged to ask questions to learn the ins and outs of Alaska’s wildlife. All presentations are also American Sign Language interpreted.
“An Ice Day at the Zoo”
Throughout the summer season, the third Saturday of the month brings “An Ice Day at the Zoo.” Sponsored by Copper River Seafoods, the recurring event will provide shaved ice to visitors and animals alike. The enrichment activity is a big hit with the zoo’s bears, Cranbeary and Lyutyik, which love playing in the stinky, fishy shaved ice that has been used by the seafood processor. Cool off with the refreshing treat and watch as animals relish their cool enrichment from around noon to 2pm.
Live Music Saturdays
Swing by and listen as upbeat tunes fill the crisp summer air with performances at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Live Music Saturdays are scheduled for June 22, July 20 and August 17th.
Throughout the year, the Alaska Zoo hosts its Sing-a-long Program for Toddlers on Mondays and Storytime Program for Toddlers on Wednesdays. The programs begin with stories or songs about an animal followed by a visit to that animal’s habitat to see it in action. Both programs are held from 10:30-11:30am in the coffee shop greenhouse, and parents are encouraged to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to reserve a space.
Summer Shuttle Service
To make a visit to the Alaska Zoo even easier, take advantage of the free summer shuttle service that’s available through Sept. 20. The free shuttle will take visitors from the Anchorage Convention an Visitors Bureau Log Cabin downtown to the zoo grounds and back. From June through August, service is from 9:40am to 8:15pm.