Things to do in Seward

Our most recommended things to do in Seward

From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

1. From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

Experience up-close views of the glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this round-trip cruise from Seward. Sail past the majestic Holgate and Aialik Glaciers and enjoy a complimentary deli lunch. Listen as the captain explains the surrounding geology and wildlife. Step aboard a stable, high-speed catamaran for a full day of exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Start your cruise in Resurrection Bay and learn about the park, the surrounding area, and wildlife from your captain. Allow your captain to take you to the best wildlife viewing areas for the opportunity to see stunning marine life including whales, otters, seals, and thousands of seabirds. Head out into the Gulf of Alaska past Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Take advantage of getting up close with 2 active tidewater glaciers, Aialik Glacier and Holgate Glacier as your cruise stops nearby. Watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacier ice break off and crash into the water. Experienced deckhands will secure a chunk of glacier ice to make the most amazing cocktails and glacier margaritas.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 8.5-Hour Extended Cruise

2. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 8.5-Hour Extended Cruise

Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than any other cruise on this stunning expedition. Explore remote and untouched areas of the Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park on this small vessel adventure cruise that is ideal for photographers, birders, and whale-watching enthusiasts. Experience this intimate cruise with a smaller group that provides the best opportunity for up-close views of wildlife including humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, otters, and more. Spend 8.5 hours on the water as time flies by with the captain seeking out the best wildlife viewing in the area. Marvel at the impressive Northwestern Glacier, an actively-calving tidewater glacier, and visit the Anchor and Ogive Glaciers as well. This tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains, and the smaller group size gives you the best opportunities to interact with and ask questions of the experienced and knowledgeable crew.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

3. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

Board a stable, state-of-the-art catamaran and spend a day filled with wildlife, glaciers, mountains, and more. See whales and glaciers in Resurrection Bay and learn the history of the region from your captain. The cruise begins by searching for wildlife in the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Whales, sea otters, and puffins are often sighted within minutes of leaving the harbor. The captain will provide information on the area's wildlife, glaciers, fjords, and history. Stop at one tidewater glacier that has frequent calving events, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. A full bar is available for those wanting to enjoy local beers and glacier cocktails. Savor a deli-style lunch on board while you cruise.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

4. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

Enjoy an admission ticket that will grant you access to over 200-acres of animal enclosures and stunning nature. Take a self-tour of the scenic 1.5-mile loop, accessible by foot, by bike, or by car, while learning about the resident wildlife via interpretive signs at each animal habitat. Support the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. Venture through the AWCC’s 1.5 mile loop which is the perfect adventure for the winter months. Experience unique ways to explore the Center while enjoying the wildlife in the winter include gliding on your cross country skis, riding your fat bike, or utilizing AWCC’s complimentary kick-sled rentals. Relax on board your own vehicle with a picturesque 1.5 mile loop drive around the sanctuary. See orphaned and injured animals taken in by the AWCC that have now been given a forever home.

From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

5. From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

Embark on a guided sightseeing cruise from Seward along Resurrection Bay from Seward with guided commentary. Encounter native wildlife like whales, puffins, sea otters, and more before witnessing the natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Benefit from a shuttle from the railroad depot or the cruise ship port. Then, head off the beaten track in search of wildlife where they often appear through Resurrection Bay. With the help of binoculars, watch as sea otters carry their pups on their bellies. Marvel at the speed of the Dall's porpoise as they surf the vessel's wake. Be awed by the size and majesty of orcas, humpbacks, and other incredible whale species, and learn about their habitat from the onboard guide. Take in the wild natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Seward: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Seward: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the beautiful and scenic city of Seward. Surrounded by mountains and the Resurrection Bay, this picturesque location was once devastated by an earthquake, tidal waves, and fire in 1964. Since then, it has evolved into a thriving community that now boasts the iconic Iditarod National Historic Trail and an amazing Alaska Sea Life Center. On this audio tour, see the Old Alaska Railroad Depot, the Founder's Monument, the Seward Community Library, the William H Seward Bust, the Resurrection Bay Historical Society Seward Museum, the Memorial United Methodist Church and the Chugach Museum with the Institute of History and Art. Quaint, quirky and full of interesting tales and historical facts, this tour takes you on a journey of years gone by. Benefit from an entirely self-paced tour. Simply download your audio files and use them at your own leisure.

Seward: Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords Orca Cruise

7. Seward: Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords Orca Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable day at sea in Seward and search for orcas. Learn all about these fascinating marine creatures from your guide. Visit Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park and admire the orcas, sea lions, seals, and seabirds. Meet your guide and the crew at the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel Dock to board your cruise. Head on an adventure into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore the area’s orca hot spots and communicate with other vessels about recent sightings to maximize your chances of seeing orcas. Learn about these whales along the way from your knowledgeable captain and crew members, who will provide narration throughout the cruise. Hear the haunting calls of these animals for yourself through our onboard hydrophone if conditional allow. End your cruise on a high and enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry, if you are a fan of orcas or love marine life, then this tour is right up your street.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Guided Snowmobiling Tour

8. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Guided Snowmobiling Tour

We call it the ‘Snowmobile Classic’ for a reason… After a quick orientation at our headquarters in Seward, you’ll set off into Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the most protected land units in all of Seward! Marvel at the stunning landscape, beautiful viewpoints, and towering mountains as you glide smoothly through the snow. With a friendly, local guide to lead the way, share stories and point out the views, there’s nothing to do except take a deep breath, hang on, and soak it all in. The gentle whisking of snow… The playful sunlight that dances around the sky… The simple serenity of getting away from roads… Join us for a tour in the wintry backcountry and you’ll quickly see why this is our best-selling snowmobile tour!

Seward: Kenai Fjords Park Nature and Dog Sledding Tour

9. Seward: Kenai Fjords Park Nature and Dog Sledding Tour

Head off on a trip to see the best of Seward and the surrounding area. Discover the region on a guided tour that includes lunch, glaciers, dog sledding, and a visit to the Kenai Fjords National Park. See the Exit Glacier and walk the Overlook Trail as part of this nature adventure. First, drive through Seward and learn about its history. This port city is known as the "Gateway to Alaska" and “Mile 0″ of the Iditarod Trail. Find out about the effects of the 1964 earthquake and see the mountain that is home to the second-oldest foot race in the United States. Make your way to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Check out the stunning views and take a short walk along the Overlook Trail to the face of the glacial ice. Watch for mountain goats, moose, or bears on the mountainside, and keep an eye out for spawning salmon depending on the season. After your visit to the national park, enjoy lunch at the nearby Resurrection Roadhouse before traveling to the Seavey Homestead. Complete your day with a dog sled ride through the area's incredible surroundings.

Seward: Spring Wildlife Guided Cruise with Coffee and Tea

10. Seward: Spring Wildlife Guided Cruise with Coffee and Tea

Join this unforgettable guided cruise in Seward that takes you through the Resurrection Bay to the edge of the Gulf of Alaska. Look out for grey whales and wildlife as you sail. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Seward to begin your epic adventure. Aboard the cruise, relax and enjoy the views of the Kenai Mountains and marvel at the wildlife you see along the way. Learn about these whales along the way from your knowledgeable guide who will provide narration throughout the cruise. Take photos of the stunning views of the landscapes and if you lucky hopefully you will see grey whales,  End your cruise on a high and enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry, if you are a fan of orcas or love marine life, then this tour is right up your street.

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What people are saying about Seward

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 203 reviews

The crew was amazing, knowledgeable, helpful, & polite. Our captain was awesome and gave us the right amount of information and took us to some great spots we saw some wonderful things.

This cruise was absolutely amazing. The scenery and wildlife are out of this world, and the boat/crew were fantastic. I would highly recommend this excursion!!

I had a really great time. I like the narration about the area. Staff was friendly and we saw a lot of animals plus the area is beautiful.

Fue una gran experiencia, vimos los Glaciares Y el recorrido fue muy bello Sin duda volvería a repetir la experiencia !!

Great trip! Staff was excellent! Very knowledgeable!