Due to its location beyond the Arctic Circle, Barrow is subject to a variety of unusual and interesting weather situations. From several weeks of uninterrupted seasonal sunlight or darkness, to challenging weather conditions, Barrow is truly a place unlike any other. And while this can be an adventurer’s paradise, there are also a wide range of indoor activities to keep you occupied.
Held at various facilities throughout the town this partial list of activities will give you insight to activities to enrich your personal life as well as rewarding cultural experiences.
Activities range from traditional Inupiat arts such as, decorative art/skin sewing, quilting, woodcarving, and ivory carving, to reading/book-clubs, scrap-booking and computer gaming/bingo clubs, video rentals, movies at the local High School, Bunko, a knitting club, and various social dances.
Various community clubs include Rotary International, Lion’s Club, and the Mother’s Club.
Family and Kids’ Activities
Available in both league and independent play, various sporting activities ranging from swimming to hockey and from dance to soccer are held throughout the year. The local recreation center provides a family time, as well as teen centers, and a summer youth program.
Children have the opportunity to participate in all the usual after school activities, including sporting events, band concerts, and plays.
The location and geography of Barrow and the North Slope region yield exciting opportunities for academically inclined minds, with event options including Saturday School Yard Talks, evening science presentations, local community college classes, and on-line college classes.
Various indoor and outdoor sport activities are practiced here throughout the year. They range from the typical swimming, running, hiking and camping, to x-country skiing and biking. We even have a roller-skating rink, indoor climbing facility, and bocce ball. Sporting groups include a gun club, hunting club, and bird/wildlife observation club.
In Barrow, cultural immersion is only steps away. There are plenty of cultural celebrations and community feasts where you may participate in traditional Inupiaq/Eskimo dancing, blanket tosses, dog-sledding/mushing, and view whaling activities. You can also visit the Heritage Cultural Center and maybe even brave a polar bear plunge.
Various retailers in town also offer tundra or town tours and Polar Bear watching tours.