Explore the scenic Resurrection Bay by kayak.

Things to Do in Seward

Enjoy exploring this small coastal town at the end of scenic Resurrection Bay.

Humpback whale breeches within Resurrection Bay.

Things to Do in Seward

Enjoy exploring this small coastal town at the end of scenic Resurrection Bay.

Enjoy stunning views as you zipline through the Seward forest.

Things to Do in Seward

Enjoy exploring this small coastal town at the end of scenic Resurrection Bay.

View of sea lions from aboard a day cruise to the Kenai Fjords.

Things to Do in Seward

Enjoy exploring this small coastal town at the end of scenic Resurrection Bay.

Sea otter enjoys a crab dinner in the Seward Boat Harbor.

Things to Do in Seward

Enjoy exploring this small coastal town at the end of scenic Resurrection Bay.

Seward Things to Do

The small coastal community of Seward is flanked by craggy mountains and a scenic coastline home to abundant species of animals and birds. Located only three hours from Anchorage, Seward is also the turnaround point for many Alaska cruises. It offers opportunities for a wide range of activities.

A good starting point is the Alaska SeaLife Center, the only facility in the state to combine a public aquarium with marine research, education, and wildlife response. It's an excellent place to learn about the rich ecosystems of Alaska and to become acquainted with puffins, seals, many types of fish, and even a cheeky octopus.

Getting out on the water is a must in Seward, making scenic day cruises into Kenai Fjords National Park quite popular. Try a Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise for unsurpassed scenery within the boundaries of this remote national park and a chance to view stunning Aialik or Holgate glaciers. Or take the Northwestern Fjord Explorer Cruise into the farther reaches of the park for an all-day trip perfect for photographers, birders, and marine enthusiasts. No matter which Kenai Fjords cruise you choose, look for whales, seabirds, sea lions, and the occasional mountain goat from the comfort of your tour boat's exterior decks and heated indoor cabin.

Seeking a more active ocean adventure? Kayaking is an excellent way to explore coastal Alaska, especially the many coves of Resurrection Bay. Enjoy a spectacular day of paddling remote areas of Kenai Fjords National Park on the Northwestern Fjord-Aialik Bay Kayaking Day Trip where quiet waters and soaring glaciers provide an awe-inspiring experience in a small-group setting.

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Back on land, visit the Kenai Fjords National Park headquarters before heading to the park's popular Exit Glacier Nature Center. It's just a short drive by car or shuttle from town. Here you'll find walks and hikes showcasing the flora, fauna, and glaciology of the park. Go beyond the nature center by taking a guided ice hike on Exit Glacier or a two-hour Exit Glacier Naturalist Hike near its toe.

Combine history, industry, and culture with an IdidaRide Sled Dog Real Alaska Tour where guests spend time learning about classic Alaska from longtime residents. Watch a sled dog demonstration, view spawning salmon, and see how Seward captures the essence of life in the Last Frontier.

If a topside view of Seward sounds fun, take a zipline tour in the temperate rainforest a few miles out of town.

If you're visiting Seward without a car, you're in luck. Seward is a small town spread about a mile between the streets of downtown and the Small Boat Harbor. Visitors can walk the paved waterfront trail around town viewing local art and sections of the Iditarod National Historic Trail. There's a free seasonal shuttle that runs a 30-minute loop through several spots in town. Many local companies also provide transportation to and from their tours, making stops at the cruise ship dock, Seward railroad depot, and local hotels.

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Things to Do in Seward