What to Do in Seward, Alaska
Situated at the head of Resurrection Bay, Seward serves as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park - and the departure point for a stay at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Seward is a charming town and well worth taking the time to explore. A day in Seward offers the chance to experience small town Alaskan life; browse the unique local shops of “downtown,” enjoy a hearty meal of fresh-caught halibut down by the harbor or stretch your legs on a hike to nearby Exit Glacier.
Here are a few of our recommended attractions in Seward:
Alaska SeaLife Center: Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center! Located in downtown Seward, this "window to the sea" features up-close viewing of puffins, sea lions, octopuses and more. Guided tours offer an in-depth exploration of Alaska's marine ecosystem. Open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 800.224.2525; www.alaskasealife.org.
Exit Glacier: Located just 15 minutes outside of Seward, Exit Glacier is the only glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park that is accessible by the road system. The lower trail is a gentle half-mile path leading to the face of the glacier, while the more challenging upper trail ascends to an overlook.
Ididaride Dog Sled Tours: Experience Alaska's state sport, dog mushing, with 2004 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey and his family at Ididaride Dog Sled Tours. Go for an adventurous two-mile dogsled ride along Box Canyon Creek; in the summertime, wheeled dogsleds are used. 800.478.3139; www.ididaride.com.
Historic Downtown Seward Shops & Restaurants: Stroll along the waterfront, indulge in freshly made saltwater taffy, browse art in a unique coffeehouse or ask any local the story of Mt. Marathon. Most shops and restaurants are concentrated around the boat harbor or "downtown" between 3rd and 5th Avenues. www.seward.com.