Top 10 Things to do Good for Big Groups in Palmer, Alaska (AK)

May 17, 2022 Leonardo Torrence

Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.
Restaurants in Palmer

1. Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours

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5.0 based on 632 reviews

Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours

We offer an exciting way to experience Alaska year-round with our half-day, full day, and multi-day tours. With fully guided ATV and side-by-side tours in the summer and fully guided snowmobile tours in the winter, we specialize in experiencing glaciers. Let us be your guide to the backcountry of Alaska!

2. Alaska Horse Adventures

18810 E Walling Rd, Palmer, AK 99645-8263 +1 907-229-4445 [email protected] http://alaskahorseadventures.com/
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5.0 based on 632 reviews

Alaska Horse Adventures

We provide exciting horse related adventures for Alaskans, and Alaska guests! Trail rides, sleigh rides, packing in the mountains, you name it! Do you want an exciting, fast paced ride...? Or perhaps a calm, leisurely ride? Let us know your needs and wants, and we will try to accommodate you the best we can!

Reviewed By deborahwaisanen59 - Wasilla, United States

What a wonderful old fashion Christmas memory we created for our grandchildren that they will remember more than any toy they will receive under the tree. For years to come we will remember the special sleigh ride we took with the snowy mountains and trees in the background. Very friendly workers and we would highly recomment the sleigh ride in the winter and horse back riding in the summer.

3. Government Peak Recreation Area

North Mountain Trails Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 +1 907-745-9577 http://www.matsugov.us/trails/gpra-winter
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5.0 based on 15 reviews

Government Peak Recreation Area

Reviewed By AlaskanTravelBuddies

We had our wedding at the Chalet and it was absolutely beautiful! Sierra was so helpful and kind in making our day a wonderful experience!

4. Alaska Lakes Guide Service LLC

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5.0 based on 58 reviews

Alaska Lakes Guide Service LLC

Alaska Lakes Guide Service provides year round guided fishing and ice fishing in the Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley region of Alaska. No matter what month you decide to visit Alaska, we will be fishing! We are a full service fishing guide company that will take you 'catching' for Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, Northern Pike, Burbot, Grayling, King Salmon, Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Chum and Pink Salmon. Whether it is by one of our two boats, 12ft angler kayaks, shore walk in, or snowmobiles, we will take you to the fish. I look forward to fishing with you. It will be a great time!

5. Sunderland Ranch

10856 N Wolverine Rd, Palmer, AK 99645-8732 +1 907-982-7268 [email protected] http://www.sunderlandranch.com
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5.0 based on 30 reviews

Sunderland Ranch

Horse Adventure Trail Rides through mountain trails, over creeks and across fields. Ride through 400 acres of private farmland in the Chugiak Mountains. Wagon tours across our farm to feed elk and cattle. Farm tours includes hydroponic growing house. We also have a Bed and Breakfast and Legacy Mountain Lodge. Stay & Play! Horse arena, trail rides, wagon tours, kids camps and farm tours! Our summer kids day-camp programs incorporate horse skills, trail rides and other ranching activities. Get out here and enjoy a true Alaskan adventure!

Reviewed By AAVIATRIXX - Fort Lauderdale, United States

Last week I enjoyed one of THE MOST beautiful and satisfying trail rides with the Sunderland Ranch. I called Katie Sunderland explained what I was looking for and she set me up with her husband Sloan Sunderland on a private trail ride that beat all. Let me say this - whenever I travel somewhere new it is my "thing" to go on a trail ride- some get suvineers - I try and find the best place to ride- I have ridden in Ireland, Spain, Equator, Peru, Costa Rica, Turkes and Caicos, Mexico,Georgia, Tennessee, Florida -the list goes on, but this ride beat all. Their farm is sprawling, top notch and has a great family vibe. The horses are HIGH quality well cared for well trained family members - not "nose to tail worn out nags" you find on many "canned excursion" rides. I had RYDER and fell in love- this horse had serious heart and knew the lay of the land and kept me engaged yet very safe. Sloan was a fantastic wrangler guide. As a 3rd or maybe even 4th generation owner of that family farm (can't remember) He knew everything about the mountain we went up and the area we rode- to say the least there was not a dull moment between the well paced trail ride, INCREDIBLE VIEWS, and area history I got to take in. I am already planning on going back next summer with a large group of people to do a multi day ride and lodge on their magnificent yet authentic Log cabin with all the modern amenities one could need- including a steam room and sauna!! on my trip to Alaska i was able to take a helicopter to the knick glacier, ride four wheelers on a 40 mile trail, go dog sledding in the mountain snow, and hiking- BY FAR THIS WAS THE MOST EXCITING AND AUTHENTIC WAY FOR ANY EQUESTRIAN OR ANIMAL LOVER TO SEE ALASKA. No questions asked... book it.

6. Alaska Glacier Experience

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5.0 based on 26 reviews

Alaska Glacier Experience

We want to give you the experience of a lifetime! This is so much more than a typical tourist ATV/UTV tour. For one thing, we cover 20-50 miles depending on the tour. That means you'll enjoy a huge diversity of terrain, vegetation, wildlife, and absolutely incredible scenery. You'll ride across rivers, climb dunes, go deep into the forest and have some high-speed runs on the open riverbed. No matter where in the valley we are, you'll see amazing views of glaciers, rugged mountains, rivers and so much more. This is one of the most amazing and unique areas of Alaska. Add in new industry-leading machines, a knowledgeable guide who will make sure to keep you safe, and you've got a recipe for great fun! Drive an ATV or UTV. UTVs are available in 2 or 4 seats and ATVs also fit 2. No experience needed and gear provided. Tours available from 4 to 8 hours. The 8-hr Glacier Tour comes with lunch on the moraine. Shuttle service available form Anchorage. Explore Alaska like an Alaskan!

7. Musk Ox Farm

12850 E Archie Rd, Palmer, AK 99645 +1 907-745-4151 [email protected] http://www.muskoxfarm.org/
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4.5 based on 437 reviews

Musk Ox Farm

OPEN BY RESERVATION ONLY: please visit our website to learn more about our COVID safety protocols and book your tour: muskoxfarm.org. Join us for a scenic walk around our property in Palmer while our staff shares with you our project history, the natural history of the musk oxen and the incredible potential these arctic ungulates have to offer communities in the far north. You will see frisky calves, seasoned old bulls and the largest captive herd of musk oxen in the world, don't forget your camera!

Reviewed By valeriemO6942HJ

Very interesting mission to help improve self-sufficiency of local natives. Musk ox are beautiful animals with amazingly soft coats!

8. Independence Mine State Historical Park

23264 Gold Cord Road, Palmer, AK 99645 +1 907-745-2827 http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/indmine.htm
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4.5 based on 427 reviews

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.

Reviewed By StefanieH443 - Lincoln, United States

I honestly expected that we would visit this historical part for about 30 minutes on our way from Talkeetna to Anchorage, but we ended up staying for two hours! We had a beautiful day, so we hiked some trails, explored the historical buildings, and let our kids do some gold panning. Parking is $5, and I'm guessing that they get a lot of visitors when the tourist season is normal, because the parking lot is big, and there are signs posted about traffic congestion. However, during COVID, we obviously did not have the same experience and were lucky that we could see everything without crowds. The park is being managed by a tourism company right now, so they do offer tours of the closed buildings for a fee. If you self-tour, you can see the manager's house, the assay office, and an exhibit of artifacts in the gift shop building. The miners expected to come back, so everything is very good condition inside the buildings. Gold panning is $5 for a pan, sieve, and shovel, and there is a small creek you can pan from. They also give you a vial if you find anything. :-)

9. Reindeer Farm

5561 S Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK 99645-7630 +1 907-745-4000 [email protected] http://www.reindeerfarm.com/
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4.5 based on 530 reviews

Reindeer Farm

Hands on, in the pen, hand feed Reindeer, Moose, Bison, yak, and elk. We will give you a little information about the animals, and then in the pen you go. Please dress for the weather this is an outside activity! In October we have our Fall Festival, and in December we offer Santa tours! We are open year round, but reservations must be made in advance. In the summer May-Aug we offer Horseback trail rides up the Butte with views of the Knik Glacier, and vast farmland and beautiful mountains.

Reviewed By marinevermesse - Winnipeg, Canada

We stumbled upon this place a day before we arrived in Anchorage and decided to check it out quickly. It was absolutely fantastic and is a must see place. We were really happily surprised by it. First you enter the barn and watch a video and hear about the history of the farm (they don'tkill the animals for meat there, they only showcase them), then, after thoroughly washing your hands and after the rules have been explained, you enter the reindeer pen (10-15 reindeers, with no idea of what personal space is, are there) to hand feed them and pet them (and of course selfie them and kiss them!). You spend about 15 minutes there and then move on to a different enclosure to see, touch and learn about a bison (Rosie, I believe was her name). Then they take you to the teenage moose Rocky. The guide explains Rocky's background as a rescue calf and you get to pet his head and feed him, with your mouth. Yup. You get to kiss a moose and see his big nosey and teeth coming up reaaaally close to you. Amazing experience! Afterwards you take a walk down the farm to see yaks and elks. You can finish your visit at the gift store or petting zoo where you can play with the bunnies and the cat and rub a pig's back. Overall it was a fabulous experience that get you up close with wild animals. The farm is located between mountains, lots of decor made with antlers, the people who work there are very knowledgeable and friendly and the animals are very cute. A must do! We loved it there.

10. Bodenburg Butte

Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK http://aktrailhead.com
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Bodenburg Butte

Reviewed By shirleyhQ458QY - Issaquah, United States

August 20, 2020: I can scratch walking the trail to the summit of Bodenburg Butte off my list as of today! Yay me! Yes, I'm very proud of me as I'm not a hiker or walk long distances regularly i.e., healthy for 72 1/2 years young but, not "physically fit" by any standard. Bottom line? The 360 degree view at the summit was worth every breath I took during the climb! I highly recommend it! Shirley Hall Palmer, AK

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