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Free Things to Do

Looking for activities that won't eat up your wallet?  Check out some ideas of free or inexpensive things to do in the Valley. 

Download trail maps and set out on your own for an easy trek or more rigorous hike.

Hike the Butte - the views of Knik Glacier and the Matanuska Valley are spectacular.

Take a drive up to Hatcher Pass and explore Independence Mine on your own walking tour.

Learn about the history of mountaineering and what it takes to climb Denali at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.

Visit the spectacular gardens and learn about the Colony history at the Palmer Museum and Visitor Center.

Music and festivals provide entertainment for the entire family!  Check out free concerts and fun entertainment.

Meet Alaskan growers and entrepreneurs at various Mat-Su farmers' markets.

Learn about the history of the Iditarod and watch a 30-minute video about dog care at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.

Admire the views as you take a walk around Reflections Lake.

Keep a log of all the migratory birds you spot in the Mat-Su Valley. There are a lot!

Take a scenic drive on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. You'll see mountains, rivers, glaciers and maybe even a moose!

Spend a Friday afternoon perusing the Friday Flings outdoor market in downtown Palmer.

Need ideas for the family?  Check out more options!