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“Busiest Float Plane Base in the World!”
Review of Lake Hood Harbor

Lake Hood Harbor
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US$20.00*
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Anchorage Trolley Tour
Ranked #26 of 230 things to do in Anchorage
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Owner description: With Lake Spenard, to which it is joined by canals, Lake Hood is considered to be the largest floatplane harbor in the world.
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Lake Hood is filled with float planes of all shapes and sizes. Great experience to view close up of float planes and take-offs and landings. Planes available for rent for tours. Take a float plane tour---great way to see Alaska!

Thank Cliff T
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

As the biggest seaplane base in the world, this is worth a peek, but there are more interesting things to see in the Anchorage area and this is not something in which you'll likely want to invest much time touring.

1  Thank AnnArborMiBob
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Lake Hood is the busiest seaplanes air 'field' in the entire world. Small aircraft are constantly taking off and landing. The action is fast and exciting. The planes have to descend rapidly to splash down in the lake.

Watching is great but riding is thrilling. This airfield is so busy that takeoffs and landings are managed by the control tower at the international airport next door. As a passenger it is fascinating to listen to the interactions between several pilots and the controller.

After you make the steep ascent from the surface of the lake you are immediately rewarded by the fantastic views of water and mountains surrounding Anchorage. Within 30 minutes you are truly flying above a beautiful wilderness.

1  Thank maguiredan
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

I am a wildlife and nature photographer, which was the basis of our trip to Alaska. If you like colorful float planes taking off and landing (photographer or not) the Lake Hood "waterstrip" is an fun place to visit for a little while, especially before heading to Ted Stevens airport to leave for home.

Easy parking .... walk to the fence and watch. You can also park in a few of the gravel pull-off areas and may be fortunate enough to talk to one of the plane owners.

A great way to spend 30 minutes to an hour

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

There's nothing like standing at the shore of Lake Hood Harbor and watching a float plane come in over your left shoulder and land on the water. Its exciting, exhiliarating and just plain fun. Imagine having that feeling every 5-10 minutes with a neverending view of planes taxiing in and out of the lake, coming to shore to load 55-gallon cans of fuel, and taking off again and you get a sense of what it's like to watch the float planes take off and land at Lake Hood Harbor. Add to that watching actual passenger planes take off and land in the background from Ted Stevens International Airport and you've got an idea of how spending time at Lake Hood is like watching the history of aviation fly right before your eyes. It's a really enjoyable time. Anyone who says that 'the best things in life are free' is a thing of the past hasn't been to Lake Hood Harbor. It's a don't miss on your trip to Anchorage. You have a great view from the patio of the Millenium Hotel if you're there long enough to need a drink and a bite to eat.

Thank HistoryLover2017
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