THINGS TO DO

Alaska’s Adventureland

All the amenities, All the Adventure YEAR-ROUND, None of the tiresome travel.

Palmer is town for the adventurer, for the history lover, for the food fanatic all available year-round. Not one Palmerite will tell you which season is their favorite. During summer you can hike in Hatcher Pass or go mountain biking on single track trails or go on a brewery up with 3 local breweries within a mile of each other. You can eat local produce at the peak of summer in our restaurants from produce grown on one of our 100s of local farms. You can tour these farms or go for an ATV adventure. You can dogsled, in the middle of the summer, on a glacier in Palmer.  I’m not even making this up. Palmer, Alaska is just that cool.

During Winter you can backcountry ski and cross country ski on groomed trails. You can watch a parade in -10 degree weather with thousands of other people, or dress like Santa Clause and join over 50 others during the annual Santa Con.  You can sleep under Northern Lights in peak season, and fat-tire bike to the local glacier before breakup. You can ice skate on frozen creeks and snowshoe in the backcountry.

During Spring you can watch the annual migrations of some of the most iconic and beautiful birds or fall in love with our over 20+ local greenhouses that entice visitors to fall in love, year after year, with gardening.

Some argue that fall is the best time of year to visit when all the root vegetables are coming off the farm and the leaves make the mountains look like blazing gold.

Which season will you choose?

ACTIVITIES

HIKING & BACKPACKING

SIGHTSEEING

BIKING

TRAIL & MOUNTAIN RUNNING

BOATING, KAYAKING & PADDLE BOARDING

SKIING &
SNOWBOARDING

FISHING

SNOWSHOEING

ATV RIDES

CROSS COUNTRY
& NORDIC SKIING

HUNTING

 

MOTOCROSS
 

HORSEBACK RIDING

FARM TOURS

& MORE!

INTERESTS

SUMMER

FALL COLORS

WINTER

ARTS, HERITAGE & MUSIC

FAMILY FRIENDLY

BIRDING

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

CRAFTS

SPA & FITNESS

SERVICES & RESOURCES

GUIDED SERVICES

INSTRUCTIONS & LESSONS

EQUIPMENT RENTALS

TOWN / CITY AMENITIES

FEATURED ACTIVITY LISTINGS

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Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours
Address: 3901 S Lindsey Cir
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (855)722-4004
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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
Address: Mess Hall, UAF Experiment Farm, 1509 Georgeson Rd
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)519-7067
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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 State Fair
Address: 2075 Glenn Hwy
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Phone: (907)745-4827
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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

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

Bleeding Heart Brewery
Address: 16013 E Outer Springer Loop
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)746-2421
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They create unique, high quality, reserve style ales and lagers in order to bring new craft drinkers and seasoned "craft life" veterans together, push the limits of craft brewing in Alaska.

Bushes Bunches Stand
Address: 2355 N Old Glenn Hwy
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)745-1115
Description:

Bushes Bunches Produce Stand is a family owned business that opened in 1954. They supply Palmer, Alaska and the surrounding areas of Wasilla and Anchorage with fresh local produce at our farmers market stand located just outside of Palmer. They are more than just a produce stand. With over 14 acres in production they are an active Alaska farm specializing in local vegetables.

Cecil Sanders
Address: PO Box 4514
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)775-0816
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He takes a lot of awesome Alaska photos.

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

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

MatSu Miners Baseball
Address: Hermon Brothers Field @ State Fairgrounds
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)745-6401
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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
Address: 125 W Evergreen Ave Ste B1
Palmer AK 99645
Phone: (907)723-5262
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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.

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

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!

Palmer Golf Course
Address: 1000 Lepak Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)745-4653
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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 Museum and Visitor Center
Address: 723 S. Valley Way
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)746-7668
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Quaint, heritage museum offering exhibits & artifacts covering local history, plus a flower garden. Come in to learn about the history of Palmer and peruse local art.

Ray Gamradt Studio : Alaskan Charcoal
Address: 761 S Gulkana St
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (406)546-1956
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His artwork is in full production or at least as full as the sunshine and the salmon allow. Step into his gallery and see what he offers.

Shane Lamb Gallery
Address: 550 S. Alaska St, Ste 107
Palmer AK 99645
Phone: (907)746-3343
Description:

Bring your favorite artwork into our Palmer Location and they will frame it just the way you like. They offer high quality workmanship and excellent prices.

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

The Gallery (Colony Plaza)
Address: 1150 S Colony Way
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907)745-1420
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They specialize in the finest art prints with a tremendous variety of styles from nationally known and Alaska artists. They carry a large selection of limited edition prints, posters, giclee prints and canvases, some sold out at publishers and other hard to find prints.