Those are good questions. I remember always asking my mom to take me to visit my friends. Especially two close friends that I had growing up. But I did also have a lot of cousins to play with that lived close by. We had huge holiday gatherings. But mostly I spent a lot of time at home, especially in the summer, since my dad was a commercial fisherman, so he was gone a lot of the time, especially when I was young. My favorite pasttimes were fishing for trout in the creek on our property, wandering around in the woods, and taking care of/bothering our animals (we had chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs, dogs, cats, etc.)... oh, and riding my bike up and down our road.
We travelled mostly to Hawaii when I was young and I remember people there always asking me funny questions, like if I lived in an igloo or if we had a sled dog team (we didn't though lots of people around here do), or if we wore mukluks and stuff (no, we're not native). I even remember one time, after explaining to a kid in Hawaii that I was on break from school, look at me with utter shock and say, "YOU GO TO SCHOOL IN ALASKA??!" As if I lived on an iceberg with no other people around.
I also remember always being amazed at how close people lived to each other, because we lived on about 30 acres with no nearby houses at all. But for Alaska, we were fairly normal. Lots of people lived that way when I was young, although now it's changed a lot and it's more "neighborhoodish" in a lot of areas, and there are actual developments going up.
Moving back here has been weird, though, and I realize now that it's not for me. Of course we don't live like I did growing up, and I don't think we ever would now. I have lived in Seattle for 8 years before this and I much prefer it to living in a small northern/arctic town. I'm at the same latitute as Helsinki, Finland, the southern tip of Greenland, and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (59 degrees north). And it's way too wintery for me here.