Are you planning a visit to Seward, Alaska? If that is the case, you will not be disappointed. There are so many fun things to do in Seward. It is worth the visit.
Seward is a small town located on the Kenai Peninsula. There are plenty of activities to enjoy from fishing, hiking, and boat tours. You are sure to have a great time.
Let’s explore all of your options!
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Where is Seward Alaska?
Seward, Alaska is near the Gulf of Alaska. Resurrection Bay is the name of the body of water surrounding the area. Seward is a town on the Kenai Peninsula.
How to Get to Seward
There are a few options of transportation to Seward.
If you are driving from Anchorage to Seward it will take just less than 2.5 hours. This drive is absolutely gorgeous. There are some scenic stops along the Seward Highway to enjoy as well. You will probably need to rent a car in Anchorage, which shouldn’t be a problem if you plan ahead.
The train follows a similar path to Seward as driving for the first 50 miles. It makes a stop in Girdwood which is where the Portage Glacier, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and the Alyeska tram is.
You will then travel through the Chugach National Forest. Towards the end of the line you will meet back up with the main highway.
Departs – 6:45 am
Arrives – 11:05 am
Adults $99 – $224
The prices depend on the day of the week. There are two classes of train tickets: Adventure and GoldStar Dome. The GoldStar Dome offers passengers luxury rail service with reserved upper deck seating beneath large dome windows and all-inclusive meals.
The train operates from May 8th to September 20th. During the train ride there is a narration by host guides.
Cruise PortsThere is a cruise ship terminal in Seward. You may choose a cruise ship itinerary that makes a stop in Seward. This would be an easy way to get to the area and enjoy a day excursion.
How Many Days Do You Need in Seward?There are lots of things to do in Seward so you will need to consider how many activities you want to include in your itinerary. I would say 1-3 days would be plenty of time to enjoy the area. If you plan on a full day for fishing, a full day wildlife boat tour, and hiking at Kenai Fjords National Park it could easily take up 2 very busy days.
Things to Do in Seward
There are so many things to do in Seward. The most popular activities are fishing and visiting the Kenai Fjords National Park. Let’s explore those and a few more options that might interest you.
Visit Kenai Fjords National Park
Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park
A wildlife boat tour is one of the best ways to see Kenai Fjords National Park. This allows you to get close to Holgate and Bear Glacier. You will also get to see wildlife such as:
- Humpback whales
- Sea Lions
- and more
There are a few tour options to consider. You can go on a 3.5 hour tour, 6 hour tour, or an 8 hour tour. If you are traveling with kids I recommend the 3.5 hour tour. It was the perfect amount of time, any longer and they would not have enjoyed it.
Another option is to take a private group tour on a smaller boat.
Junior Ranger Program
There is a national park visitor center in Seward near the docks. You can pick up your junior ranger books at this location. For those over 13 years old there is another program offered. You will complete your books as you cruise and then the park ranger will be waiting for you as you exit the boat.
Visit Exit Glacier
When we booked the boat tour for Kenai Fjords we thought that was the only way to see the park. We were happy to find out that there is another option.
Hiking at Kenai Fjords National Park
As you enter Seward there is a brown national park sign that says 8 miles to Kenai Fjords National Park – Exit Glacier.
Kayak in Resurrection Bay
Fishing in Seward is one of the best places to fish in Alaska. Many people come every year to go on fishing charters. There is riverside fishing as well as deep sea charters.
If you want to catch Halibut or other saltwater species of fish a deep sea charter is best. It is best to catch salmon in the rivers. Four different species of salmon are found in the rivers of the Kenai Peninsula.
What I Learned about Salmon
Salmon are born in the rivers. They swim out to the ocean and live their lives until they want to reproduce. They then swim back to the same river they are born in to reproduce and die. The journey is hard and a lot of the fat reserves are used for energy to reach the destination.
Why am I telling you this? Because Seward is so close to the ocean that the rivers will have healthy humongous Salmon that taste better than Salmon you would catch in rivers more inland.
There are many places in Seward that offer fishing tours and supplies.
Make sure to book early. These tours are extremely popular and sell out. I know multiple people who go every year to experience the fishing in this area and love it.
Visit Alaska Sea Life Center
The Alaska Sea Life Center is an aquarium that has an excellent educational and rehabilitation facility. It is located at mile marker 0 of the Seward Highway. It is right on the ocean.
The hours vary depending on the season. During peak summer season the center is open from:
9:30 am – 7:00 pm
These hours will be cut back during fall/winter seasons.
Prices vary depending on weekdays/weekends. They range from:
Adults: $29.95 – $31.95
Children: $17.95 -$18.95
The Sea Life Center has seals, birds, invertebrates, and fish. It is a very nice facility right on the ocean.
Book your tickets early because days fill up in peak season.
Take a Walk Around Seward Alaska
Seward, Alaska is a charming town. A walking tour is a great way to check out the local sites and learn about the history of the area. There are over 30 businesses and homes dating back to the early 1900’s.
There is a beautiful trail that overlooks Resurrection Bay right on the edge of town. You can actually park near the Sea Life Center and jump on the path.
As you look out you will see otters swimming around and other sea life. It is a gorgeous way to spend a few hours. It is also budget friendly!
There are many murals located throughout town. In 2008 Seward was named the “mural capital of Alaska.” Taking photos as you walk through Seward is a free fun activity that you can do as you explore the town.
Seward has a museum and library located across the street from the walking trail. There is a fun movie that highlights historic events in Alaska. They also have a scavenger hunt for the kids. The cost is $5
After you finish your walk through town you might want to book a gold panning adventure. This is a great activity for children. The departure point is located in town.
Another fun family activity is a dog sled ride . It is located near Exit Glacier. This is a 2 hour tour. We went on a dog sled tour and loved it. We did one in Wasilla, AK at the Iditarod Museum. (It was a lot cheaper but not as long.)
Go to Bear Creek Weir
Bear Creek Weir is another budget friendly activity and is one of the best spots in Seward! If you want to see salmon jumping out of the river, Bear Creek Weir is a must! It is so cool!
This picture does not do it justice! There were tons of fish swimming just below the water and many would jump up to say hi!
You can not fish here but you can observe the jumping salmon. (To me this was pretty exciting.)
Bear Creek Weir is located at mile marker 6.6 on the Seward Highway.
Camping in Seward
There are lots of camping options in Seward from tent camping, glamping, and RV sites. The City of Seward Municipal Campgrounds provides tent sites and RV camping along the boat harbor and historic downtown. These campsites are by reservation only and can be booked at www.cityofseward.us.
You can also camp along the Seward Highway at camp sites such as Stoney Creek RV sites (mile marker 6.3) or City of Seward Spring Creek Campground (mile marker 3.2)
Weather in Summer
The temperature in Seward averages around 50-60 degrees during the summer months.
Eat at the Local Restaurants
You will not be disappointed in the local restaurants in Seward. We had to try out a few and thought we would share our experience.
We love pizza! I was so impressed with the pizza joint. We ordered two large pizzas and they were ready in 12 minutes. The pizza was tasty and my kids loved it. They still talk about how good the pizza was in Seward!
Located in the same building as Klondike is a Sea Food Restaurant. You know you have to try some delicious fresh seafood when you are this close to the ocean.
The kids’ meals are about the same size as the regular meals, so save some money!
Exit Glacier Salmon Bake
The salmon bake is located near the Exit Glacier turn off. They offer authentic an Alaskan experience. Salmon, halibut, and red snapper are a few of the fish options on the menu. They also offer steak and burgers if fish isn’t your thing.
Are you Ready to Go to Seward?
Hopefully, this helps you know all the things to do in Seward and what you want to do first! This area is so beautiful and I know you will love it!
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