Always check the weather ahead of time and carry protection against animals. (I recommend bear bells and bear spray.)
Summer weekends can be quite crowded and parking may be limited at both Reflections Lake and the Eagle River Nature Center. Also, make sure to bring cash because parking is $5 at the Eagle River Nature Center.
The Eagle River Nature Center hours vary by season. From May until September, they are open Wednesday through Sunday. From October until April, they are open Friday through Sunday. Make sure to check the website in advance to be sure they will be open for your visit.
Both locations can be visited year-round, but make sure to be prepared for winter weather during the colder months.
Looking for fun day trips from Anchorage with kids? Here is an outdoor-inspired itinerary with the best places to take the kids to connect with nature and enjoy Alaska’s beautiful scenery. Start the day with a visit to Reflections Lake and walk the 1-mile loop along the water. Next, drive over to the Eagle River Nature Center to learn about the animals living in the surrounding Chugach State Park. Kids will love the hands-on learning activities the center offers, and you may even catch a glimpse of some animals in the wild too! If you’re up for a little more adventure, spend some time wandering along the trails behind the center. The Rodak Nature Loop is a great kid-friendly trail, and you’re sure to catch some amazing sights from the viewing decks along the way. This family trip is perfect for kids of all ages, and will give you a taste of all the natural beauty Alaska has to offer!