Kirsten Swann

Sand Lake, Bayshore & Beyond

This side of the city balances bountiful shopping and dining with an abundance of locally loved lakes, waterways, and a coastal refuge. Explore places for swimming and paddling in the summer. Visit an area farmers markets or craft fair. Enjoy fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter; savor fresh Alaska ingredients and nostalgia-inducing fare at neighborhood restaurants all year long. A local fast-food favorite, the Jewel Lake Tastee Freez has served Alaska families since 1958.

Dimond Boulevard, Sand Lake, and the surrounding neighborhoods are connected to Midtown and East Anchorage via the Campbell Creek Trail, which parallels the creek as it winds past residential streets and commercial areas. In Bayshore and Oceanview, a collection of quiet neighborhood parks lead to access points for the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge: Enjoy bird-watching in spring, fat tire biking in winter, and peaceful moments of sweeping beauty in every season. Near the north edge of the Sand Lake neighborhood is Connors Bog, a popular off-leash dog park.

Like Hillside and other South Anchorage areas, Sand Lake and the sprawling neighborhoods around it are best explored via vehicle.

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