Ah, May, when Spring in Alaska bursts into Summer. The birch trees have a purple glow and turn green overnight. Little green buds are starting to appear and are full blown leaves before you know it. That threat of fresh snow hasn’t quite left though. I’ve seen fresh snow on the ground as late as May 22nd. Tourist season start May 15, which means many businesses that have been dormant are coming back to life. There’s so many things to do in Alaska in May!
6 Things to Do in Alaska in May
Baby Reindeer in Palmer
One of my most favorite things to do on our way home from church on a Sunday afternoon in May is drive by the Reindeer Farm at the base of Bodenburg Butte. Stop in to visit the babies, Dolly the Bison, the elk, and even help look for eggs in the chicken coop!
Shorebirds in Homer
Be sure to check out the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival the first week of May in Homer. Migratory birds are a wonderful sign of Spring! Get your birding checklist off the website and get those binos out!
Visit Alaska Aviation in Anchorage
Check out the largest free-entry aviation tradeshow in America at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering. Not only is it free entry and parking, there are over 275 exibitors, workshops, displays, youth events, and even the chance to win a Super Cub plane! Can you imagine winning your own plane?!?! This is very worth checking out!
Moms Visit Moms in Palmer
Mother’s Day is a special day at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer. Moms get in free to visit all the new baby muskox and all other visitors get in by donation only. This event starts off the Farm’s summer season with new open hours, 10am-6pm. Stop in to visit these adorable woolies!
Crabs in Kodiak
Traditionally held the Thursday through Sunday on Memorial Day, the Kodiak Crab Festival has been going since the 1950’s, celebrating all the good things that come from the sea around Kodiak. Be sure to check out this weekend of good food and good fun for the whole family!
No matter where you are in Alaska, May is the perfect time to get outside. Cool, but not cold; warm, but not hot. Get outside and hike, bike, run, walk, and just enjoy!
No matter how or where, get out and enjoy these things to do in Alaska in May!