FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN PALMER

When travelling with your kids, it can be difficult to find options that are accommodating for all ages.  Palmer has a multitude of restaurants, small shops, trails, and tours that are perfect for the entire family.  If you are looking for additional information the Palmer Museum & Visitor Center can point you to several local options.

Featured Options

Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours
Phone
(855)722-4004
Address
3901 S Lindsey Cir
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Explore Alaska Like a Local and ride off into Alaska’s wilderness with Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours. Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours offers Alaska vacations, packages and tours.

Alaska Farm Tours
Phone
(907)519-7067
Address
Mess Hall, UAF Experiment Farm, 1509 Georgeson Rd
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Experience the rich culture and history behind Alaska's farms and food. Join us for an in-depth half day farm tour, perfect for folks looking for the ultimate Anchorage day trips, with stops at historical sites, living homesteads, and urban food landscapes to understand the lives of Alaska's farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders who call Alaska home.

Alaska Horse Adventures
Phone
(907) 229-4445
Address
18810 E Walling Rd, Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Featuring several riding tours in the Greater Palmer area from 1.5-3 hours, Alaska Horse Adventures is open Year Round.  Additionally, they have a 6 hour Kayak tour in the Butte.

Alaska State Fair
Phone
(907)745-4827
Address
2075 Glenn Hwy
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Description

They invite you to not only enjoy our annual event "Alaska State Fair", but also take advantage of the year-round events and services the Alaska State Fair has to offer. They have a range of facilities available to rent throughout the year, and host diverse events

Alcantra Trail
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

This 1.6 mile trail is fully paved and perfect for people of all ages.  Though just outside Palmer, it offers a variety of activities such as disc-golf, running, biking, and even Nordic skiing in winter.

For directions and additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department of click on the website link above.

Backcountry Bike and Ski
Phone
(907)746-5018
Address
132 W Arctic Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Backcountry Bike & Ski offers daily and weekly rentals for cross country skis. They rent Rossignol waxless ski packages that include skis, boots, and poles. Also, they offer bikes and fat tire bikes for rent.

Bearberry Bluff & Matanuska Greenbelt
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

Part of a 30+ mile network of trails in the Matanuska Greenbelt, it cuts through the forest in a loop just over a mile long.  These dirt trails are dotted with about 100 signposts to help with navigation and provide hours of exploration.

For directions and additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

Colony Kitchen/Noisy Goose
Phone
(907)746-4600
Address
1890 Glenn Hwy
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Family-owned establishment featuring an array of traditional homestyle American meals that are always available any time of the day in a comfortable setting. If you visit us on Sunday, you can enjoy prime rib for breakfast, lunch or dinner, cooked just the way you like it.

Crevasse-Moraine
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

The Crevasse-Moraine trail system features over 6 miles of interconnected trails and is is open year round.  These trails run along what was once a glacier bed and ranges widely in difficulty from trail to trail.

For directions and additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

Drill Team Six Fishing Excursions, LLC
Phone
(702) 465-4747
Description

Drill Team Six Fishing Excursions is ready to take you on your next adventure! Located just 50 minutes from Anchorage, we provide YEAR-ROUND all-inclusive fishing packages. Trips range from guided salmon & lake boat charters to a variety of ice fishing excursions. Fish May-Oct on our spacious 20ft jet boat with the capacity for up to 6 people. If you enjoy the cooler weather, we offer a variety of ice fishing excursions Dec-Apr. Enjoy the beautiful back country of Alaska by snowmobile on one of our remote Northern Pike day trips. Targeted species (depending on season) include: King & Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Northern Pike and Burbot. All packages include safety equipment, bait, gear, tackle and heated shelters for ice fishing. At the end of your trip we will fillet your fish along with placing them in a bag for easy transport. Licensed, insured and USCG certified. We are a Veteran owned/operated family-oriented small business. Ask about our MILITARY & 1ST RESPONDER discounts. Also, like and follow our FB for future giveaways. Copy link to connect to FB: https://www.facebook.com/DrillTeamSix/.

Fireside Books
Website
Phone
(907)745-2665
Address
720 S Alaska St
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Established in 2001, Fireside books is the premier book venue in the Valley.  They offer a broad selection of new and used titles on just about every subject.  They also carry a number of journals and literary souvenirs!

Glenn Massay Theater
Phone
(907)746-9300
Address
8295 East College Drive
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Check their event calendar. The 520-seat Glenn Massay Theater is able to host a variety of events including plays, musicals, lectures, conferences, concerts, competitions, festivals, benefits, recitals, movie screenings, receptions, and more.

Gold Mint Trail
Description

This 16 mile (round trip) trail follows the Little Susitna river up to it's headwaters.  One of four major trails in Hatcher Pass, north of Palmer, it has a gradual incline for the first few miles before becoming much steeper.  It is open to hiking, biking, and skiing, and you can even do a little gold panning along the way.

For directions and additional information, please click on the website link above or alaska.org/detail/gold-mint-trail.

Government Peak Summer Trail
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

Government Peak offers popular summer hiking trails just north of Palmer.  The Main trail to the peak can be daunting, though it offers some of the best views of the area all the way to the Knik Glacier.  Multiple trails for biking and horseback riding also traverse the area.  Note that the parking area is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, so be careful not to get locked in.

For directions or additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

Government Peak Winter Trails
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

In the peak winter months Government Peak features 9 miles of combines trails for skiing, skijoring, sledding, snowshoeing and more.  Take in the sights as you adventure along the Chugach mountains just north of Palmer.  Note that the parking area is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, so don't get locked in.

For more information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

La Fiesta
Phone
(907)746-3335
Address
132 Evergreen
Palmer AK 99645
Description

If you want Mexican food in Palmer, visit La Fiesta. Mexican cousine from decades-old family recepies and exeptional personal services. Only the freshest and finest ingridients are use to prepare all menu items fresh daily.

Lazy Mountain Trails
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

Two trails, the Lazy Moose Trail and Lazy Mountain Trail, are the primary ascent of the mountain.  The former is a longer, winding trail with moderate slopes and an easier climb, while the latter is much shorter and more difficult as it offers the straightest path to the peak.  From the top you can see the Chugach and Talkeena Ranges.

For directions and additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center
Phone
(907)745-3360
Address
1509 S Georgeson Dr
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

They offer FREE walking tour of our snowy Farm with director Jodie Anderson as she provides information and history. The Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center is a working research farm serving Southcentral Alaska. It has 260 acres of cultivated land and 800 acres of forestland.

Matanuska River Park Campground & Trails
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

The Matanuska River Park Campground, located near the Matauska River Bridge just on the eastern edge of Palmer, features a little fun for everyone.  The campground features over one and a half miles of easy trails with exquisite views of Lazy Mountain and the Matanuska River.

For directions or additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

MatSu Miners Baseball
Phone
(907)745-6401
Address
Hermon Brothers Field @ State Fairgrounds
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

The Miners are only one of six teams that make up the Alaska Baseball League, one of the top summer collegiate leagues in the country.  Games start early June and continue until the beginning of August.

Midnight Sun Yoga Center
Phone
(907)723-5262
Address
125 W Evergreen Ave Ste B1
Palmer AK 99645
Description

They are based in downtown Palmer, AK and offer a spectrum of fun yoga classes for people of all backgrounds and skill levels in an inviting atmosphere. Their classes are drop in friendly.

Morgan Horse Trail
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

This trail offers an easy forested 2 mile trek through the woods around Lazy Mountain.  It also features three access points, year-round availability, as well as public restroom and picnic areas.

For directions and additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Sustina Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

Musk Ox Farm
Website
Phone
(907)745-4151
Address
12850 E Archie Rd
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Just a couple minutes North of downtown Palmer, the Musk Ox Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to the domestication of the musk ox and to the promotion of qiviut production as a gentle and sustainable agricultural practice in the far north. Tour the farm and learn about these arctic ungulates!

NonEssentials
Website
Phone
(907)745-2258
Address
728 S Alaska St
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Situated right in downtown Palmer, NonEssentials offers a wide array of gourmet foods, tea, chocolates, housewares, gifts & fine art.  Additionally, they carry artisan handicrafts from MANY local consignors.

Voted #1 Best of the Valley 2019 - Housewares!

NOVA River & Glacier Adventures
Phone
(800) 746-5753 or (907) 746-5753
Address
38100 W. GLENN HIGHWAY
SUTTON, AK 99674
Description

Based out of Sutton, just north of Palmer, NOVA Alaska Guides has incredible experiences for everyone. Established in 1975, NOVA is Alaska’s oldest river rafting tour company under original ownership. Since 1975, we have accomplished many firsts in guided adventure travel in Alaska, including the first to offer commercial whitewater rafting on Alaska rivers and the first guided hikes on the Matanuska Glacier more than 25 years ago.

Our early wilderness trips included several first descents and trips through the newly formed National Parks and Refuges with organizations like National Geographic, Connaissance du la Mode and the National Audubon Society. Our expertise in this theater has grown over the years to include combination trips that offer mountain and glacier trips with river trips.

Palmer Alehouse
Phone
(907)746-2537
Address
320 E Dahlia Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Lively tavern with excellent variety of high quality 40+ taps from local micro brews all over Alaska. Wonderful food, exceptional staff, and a fun & friendly atmosphere.

Palmer Golf Course
Phone
(907)745-4653
Address
1000 Lepak Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Palmer Golf Course is one of the most scenic places to play golf in the world. You are treated to spectacular views of Pioneer Peak, the Matanuska River and Knik Glacier. Their 7300 yard, par 72, Championship course consistently ranks in the top five of Golf Digest's, "Best of State" edition.They also have one of the finest practice facilities in the state

Palmer Moose Creek Railroad Trail
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

A beautiful, non-motorized trail that follows an old railroad bed along the Matanuska River.  The trail can be started either from downtown Palmer, or Moose Creek, and runs approx. 6 miles from end-to-end.

For additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Sustina Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.

Palmer Museum and Visitor Center
Phone
(907)746-7668
Address
723 S. Valley Way
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

The Palmer Museum and Visitor Center showcases exhibits & artifacts covering the history of Palmer, as well as a selection of art curated from local artists.  Additionally, they offer both an audio tour and a guided walking tour of Palmer's historic district from June through August.  Outside is a beautifully kept garden, featuring myriad trees, vegetables, and flowers.  Come by to enjoy the local history or plan your Palmer adventure!

Peak Boutique
Website
Phone
(907)746-3320
Address
840 S Colony Way
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

At Peak Boutique, we strive to provide our customers with the best products and services available to meet individual stylistic needs for the home and lifestyle.​
Peak Boutique derives its name from the breath-taking scenery surrounding Palmer, Alaska and the Mat-Su Valley. The mountains draw people to the area similar to the way the unique products at Peak Boutique attract customers searching for products unavailable in other stores. We have placed our standards at the PEAK of excellence. We carry items produced locally by hand-selected artisans located in Alaska, as well as unique decor and lifestyle items that are not easily found anywhere else. ​Peak Boutique is proud to be the only Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Stockist in the state of Alaska.

Pioneer Ridge-Austen Helmers Trail
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

A rugged, mountainous trek for the experienced outdoors-man. This 12 mile trail ascends to over 6,000 feet above the Valley.  While you can complete this hike over a single day with enough planning, it is encouraged you make camp and spread it out over at least two. The climb is challenging and requires firm knowledge and safety skills to complete; however, the views from the top are one of a kind.

For directions and additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Borough Community Development Department or by clicking on the website link above.

PizzaRia Delphi
Phone
(907)745-2929
Address
101 W Arctic Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

PizzaRia Delphi has been in Palmer for very long time. Their food is good, price is fair and good service. This is a very local restaurant that is frequently visited by people living in this area.

Plumley-Maud Trail
Phone
(907) 861-8578
Description

The Plumley-Maud Trail is a relatively flat trail that runs through the woodlands of the Butte, just Southeast of Palmer.  Between 5 and 10 minutes drive, depending on which end of the trail you start, it is accessible on foot, as well as by ATV or even horse and is open for use year-round.  If you are looking for a gorgeous jaunt through the birch and spruce forests in the area, this trail is for you.

For additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click the website link above.

Poppy Lane Mercantile
Website
Phone
(907)982-9215
Address
105 S Valley Way
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

With over 20 local businesses under one roof, there is literally something for everyone!

Come find: Up Cycled Furniture, Home Decor, Apparel, Gifts, Jewelry, Yarn, Baby Clothing, Art Work, Antiques, Vintage finds, and more.

Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm
Phone
(907) 745-4511
Address
4350 Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Pyrah's is an authentic Matanuska Valley farm with an astounding presence in the community.  They host several events throughout the year such as the Fall Harvest Festival and Country Christmas, as well as being a "U-Pick" farm where you can gather your vegetables fresh from the field.

Reindeer Farm
Phone
(907) 745-4000
Address
5561 Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK 99645
Description

The Reindeer Farm sits at the feet of Bodenburg Butte just 10 minutes out of downtown Palmer.  The farm site was originally part of the Matauska Colony Project, operating as a dairy farm, but would move to reindeer and various other animals in the 1980s.  Being the only stop in the valley to offer tours of a maintained herd of 100-300 reindeer, 2 elk, a bison, and a moose (including petting and feeding), as well as horseback tours, it is an incredible experience for the whole family.

Rival Park Motocross
Phone
(907) 345-4758 or (907) 244-4758
Address
318 N Old Glenn Highway
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Rival Park Motocross is one of a handful of maintained motocross tracks in the Southcental area and only 5 minutes from downtown Palmer.

Welcome to Rival Park Motocross's official website! We were established in April of 1996. We held our first race May 1997. We are located at 318 N  Old Glenn Highway. We are a groomed, maintained, watered and supervised track. We have a set practice schedule on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. We also like to have races when we can get a Saturday that does not interfere with the Racing Lions schedule. We try to open our track as soon as mother nature tells us it's spring around May 15TH  or so..we close our track around August 31st. We have a big bike track as well as a 50cc track (just for the little guys). We charge $10.00 to come to our track to practice..but trust us, you get your money's worth!

Sunderland Ranch
Phone
(907) 982-7268
Address
10856 N Wolverine Rd, Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Sunderland Ranch, located just outside of Palmer, offers a variety of options for your Palmer trip.  With a B&B, horseback riding, and even Day Camps for children to learn ranch-related skills, you're sure to have a blast.

The Art Café
Phone
(907)745-6100
Address
131 E Blueberry Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Fun projects, something for the entire family, delicious espresso, hand scoop ice cream, and gourmet confections await at The Art Cafe AK that is do it yourself home for artists and aspiring artists.

Turkey Red
Phone
(907)746-5544
Address
550 S Alaska St, Ste 100
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Turkey Red is the leading fresh food restaurant in Palmer, Alaska. They are dedicated to serving fresh, high quality, local and organic ingredients prepared in traditional ways with care and creativity.

Vagabond Blues
Phone
(907)745-2233
Address
642 S Alaska St, Ste 103
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Vagabond Blues is popular among locals. They serve great coffee, espresso drinks, and  healthy & tasty food with lots of locals artwork on display.

Valley Hotel Café
Phone
(907)745-3330
Address
606 S Alaska St
Palmer, AK 99645
Description

Valley Hotel Café is open 24/7, including all holidays.  Serving traditional diner fare, from biscuits and gravy to burgers and just about everything in-between, they have something for everyone.

Map provided by MSB Community Development Department
Phone
(907) 861 - 8578
Description

If you're looking for a quick, middling difficulty hike with phenomenal views of Palmer and the surrounding valley, you cannot beat the West Butte Trail.  Situated only 10 minutes outside the city, this trail traverses the 800+ foot Bodenburg Butte and is maintained by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.  It features several benches, a shaded ascent, and is topped by a view Lazy Mountain, Pioneer Peak, Matanuska Peak, the Knik Glacier, the Talkeetna Range, and more.

For additional information, contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or by clinking the website link above.