Recreation Resources

Competitive Sports

Baseball and Softball

Basketball

Football

Pop Warner Football (Mat-Su Steelers and Mat-Su Seahawks)

Gymnastics and Cheer

Mat-Su Steelers Cheerleading

Excel Gymnastics

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Denali Gymnastics

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Hockey

Jr. Avalanche Hockey

PAHA (Pioneer Amateur Hockey Association)

MAHA (Mat-Su Amateur Hockey Association)

Soccer

Wasilla Youth Soccer

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Palmer Soccer Club

Matanuska Soccer Club

Lil’ Kickers

Tennis

Mat-Su Tennis Association

Spectator Sports

MTA Events Center

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Mat-Su Miners

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Denali Destroyers

Address

Palmer, AK 99654

Capitol Speedway

Address

Willow, AK 99688

Indoors

Indoor Facilities

Sonja’s Dance Studio

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Rock-On Climbing

Indoor facility with climbing wall, slack lines, bouldering and more.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Okamoto’s Karate

Starts at ages 3 and up. 2 week mini membership, no cost vouchers available.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

MTA Sports Center

Large open courts. Hosts Lil’ Kickers, Hoopers, and Tacklers.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Jay’s Taekwondo

Taekwondo and Women’s Self Defense Lessons.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Extreme Fun Center

Family friendly event center with activities such as cart racing, laser tag, laser shooting gallery, prize redemption center, kid’s play zone, mini bowling, arcade, party and event planning. Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Friday- Sunday 10am-11pm

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Discover Dance Studio

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Curves

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center

NHL-size ice arena, an indoor artificial turf court, a running/walking track, three community meeting rooms, and a kitchen facility. Also hosts Turf for Tots.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Cooperative Extension Services

Outreach educational delivery system in co-operation with UAF. Offers classes in gardening, canning and nutrition. Also facilitates women’s support and are the coordinators of 4-H.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Body Renew

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Alaska Club – Palmer

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Alaska Club – Wasilla

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Bowling Alleys

North Bowl

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Ice Arenas

Menard Ice Rink

Big Lake Lions Ice Rink

Palmer Ice Arena/MTA Events Center

Brett Memorial Ice Arena

Mat-Su Libraries

Willow Public Library

Address

Willow, AK 99688

Wasilla Public Library

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Talkeetna Public Library

Address

Talkeetna, AK 99676

Trapper Creek Library Association

Address

Trapper Creek, 99683

Sutton Public Library

Address

Sutton, AK 99674

Palmer Public Library

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Big Lake Library

Address

Big Lake, AK 99652

Museums

Trapper Creek Museum

Talkeetna Historical Society

Palmer Museum

Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry

Knik Museum

Knik Historical Society

Dorothy Page Museum

Swimming Pools

Wasilla Swimming Pool

Palmer Swimming Pool

Alaska Club

Theaters

Denali Arts Council

Valley Performing Arts

Offering live performances from September to May each year. Student & Senior Discounts available. 12 Summer Theatre Arts Programs, ages 6-17, June-Aug. Scholarships are available.

The Valley Cinema

Outdoors

Camps

Trailside Discovery Summer Kids Camp

For ages 4-16, offers outdoor educational week-long camps through APU at Spring Creek Farms and in Palmer and Wasilla. Operates between May through August.

Farms

Musk Ox Farm

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Reindeer Farm

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Spring Creek Farm

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Disc Golf Courses

Alcantra Disc Golf Course

Located behind the Alcantra Softball Complex at Larson Elementary School.

Golf Courses

Sleepy Hollow

Settler’s Bay

Palmer Golf Course

Fishhook Golf Course

Horse Rentals and Riding

Flying G Ranch

D & S Alaska Trail Rides (Talkeetna)

Trails, Parks, and Hiking

Alaska's Parks

Talkeetna River Park – Campground

Located at the end of Main Street in downtown Talkeetna. This is a wooded area close to the river, with twelve (12) tent camping sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Close to many recreational amenities located downtown such as trails, river trips, fishing, train station, gift shops, and restaurants.

Matanuska River Park – Campground

(Palmer) Mile 17 Old Glenn Highway. Eighty-six (86) spaces for tents or RV's (20 caravan sites), central comfort station featuring flush toilets and hot showers, RV dump station, picnic tables, grills, four (4) park pavilions, playground equipment, horseshoe pit, a sand volleyball court, trails and river access, observation deck, parking areas, campfire area, firewood, and group camping area.

Lazy Mountain Recreation Area

Turn onto Clark-Wolverine Road at mile 15.9 Old Glenn Highway; proceed to intersection, turn right on Huntley Road, proceed to Recreation Area at end of road. The area offers views of the Knik and Matanuska River watersheds, Cook Inlet, Pioneer Peak and various Buttes. Facilities include toilet, paved parking lot, horse and hiking trails. NOTE: A nearby spring is NOT approved for public consumption. The recreation area is best known for its trail that traverses from the parking area to the summit of Lazy Mountain. (non-motorized)

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is a ninety-minute drive north of Anchorage along the Parks Highway. To enter the recreation area, turn west onto Nancy Lake Parkway at Mile 67.3 of the Parks Highway. From there, the Nancy Lake Parkway travels 6.5 miles southwest to South Rolly Lake Campground; in winter the parkway is not plowed beyond the Winter Trailhead at mile 2.2. The community of Willow lies two miles north of this junction, and has a full range of services for the traveler.

Hatcher Pass

60 road miles north of Anchorage, four hours from the Alaska Range and Denali National Park, above the heart of the Matanuska - Susitna Valley - Hatcher Pass is a convenient base for visiting some of the most renowned attractions in Southcentral Alaska.

Fush Creek Park

(Big Lake) South Big Lake Road at Fish Creek. The 3-acre day use area provides access to Fish Creek.

Christiansen Lake Park

Christiansen Lake Park is a small day-use park located on the west side of Christiansen Lake, east of the community of Talkeetna. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654