Everybody loves to save a little bit of money, and Alaskans of a retirement age are no exception. As it happens, there are plenty of places to go, things to see, and activities to do in Alaska that offer discounts to their senior customer. These are some of our favorite senior discount offers!
One of the best ways to take in the Last Frontier’s spectacular scenery is by rail. From Seward to Denali, Alaska Railroad’s cover fjords, mountains, coastline, and the Alaskan interior. Seniors aged 65 or older, or Medicare card holders, can enjoy half-price fares during several months of the year.
The Alaska Sealife Center is a public aquarium that features the residents of Alaska’s unique marine ecosystem. It’s also a premier marine research and education center that houses Alaska’s only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center. Folks 65 and over will receive a discounted admission when visiting the center.
The historic Hotel Captain Cook is located directly on the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, in beautiful downtown Anchorage. Whether you’re visiting the state’s largest city for business or pleasure, you won’t be disappointed with the hotel’s luxurious appointments. If you’re an AARP member, you can enjoy special rates at the Hotel Captain Cook.
Tatsuda’s IGA, Ketchikan’s hometown supermarket, offers a five percent discount to seniors who show their Alaska Senior Tax Exempt Card all day Thursdays (Senior Day), as well as on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Some specially-priced items may be excluded from the discount.
Whether you go with grown-ups or grandkids, to see animals or the dazzling annual holiday lights display, you’ll enjoy your visit to the Alaska Zoo. All of the animals in the zoo are from the Arctic, sub-Arctic, or similar climates. Many are native to Alaska. Seniors 65 and over enjoy discounted admissions or grandparent memberships when they visit.
Discovery Tours are a great way to learn about the animals of the Alaska Zoo. These tours are each day through Labor Day from 12:15pm to 2:15pm. They are guided walking tours with three behind-scenes visits. Take one today! Photo provided by Sam Lavin, Zookeeper. #alaskazoo #zoo #animals #alaskananimals #alaskalife #alaska #nonprofit #discoverytour #educationiskey
Alaska is home to 20 different National Park Service units, including Denali National Park, which is home to the highest mountain in North America. Other federal units include the Tongass National Forest, which is the world’s largest temperate rain forest. Seniors can buy a lifetime America the Beautiful Pass—which allows admission to national parks and recreation areas, as well as other federal units—for the same price as a regular annual pass. Which is a good thing in Alaska, because it could take years to explore all of the units in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
The American Bald Eagle Foundation is a natural history museum and raptor center that’s dedicated to educating folks about the raptors native to the region. It’s located in an area where the world’s largest congregation of bald eagles occurs every fall, during the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival. Seniors enjoy a discounted admission to the center.
Alaska residents who are 66 years or older and receiving full Social Security Benefits can attend any school in the University of Alaska system without paying tuition. Seniors must meet other admission criteria and may have to pay other associated fees and enrollment expenses.
Southeast Alaska is largely a series of islands pressed against a long sliver of mainland. Ferries are the most efficient way to travel from island to island in this part of the state. Passengers 65 and older, who are traveling between points on the Alaska Marine Highway or Inside Passage, can enjoy discounted fares on the Alaska Ferry System.
For more than 80 years, folks on the Last Frontier have celebrated their bounty with the annual Alaska State (and pre-statehood) Fair. Food, music, exhibits, and celebrations of Alaska and Native history highlight the 10-day celebration. Seniors receive discounts off daily admission and ticket packages.